Canon S95 vs. Canon S100

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  1. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Calling all camera nerds! In desperate need of your assistance.

    So I'm heading out in two weeks and I need a camera. I'm torn between the Canon S95 and the S100. Anybody fondled them both and be able to provide some opinions?
     
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    go with one of the sony nex. you dont want to be swinging around a big dslr when you're travelling a lot.
     
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    DSLR is about control, detail, picking the perfect lens to get the perfect shot. It is not the tool designed for capturing shots while travelling.

    The money you are spending could be given over to a Point-and-Shoot that will capture every frame with perfect light, focus, flash and will fit in your pocket. Take it from someone who has made teh mistake, travel with a DSLR, two lenses (minimum), Flash unit, two batteries and a bag is not fun. The right tool for the right job.
     
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    I am comparing the same cameras as well and based on everything i have read the Nikon 5100 is a much better choice since video is not important to you. I am leaving on a trip in 3 months and will be taking a handheld canon s95 since carrying a Dslr with lens seems like a pain in the ass.
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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    Hmmm. I was thinking I could swing it (no pun intended) by just carrying it around my neck when needed. I mean for big photo areas, like Maccu Pichu or some shit. Didn't think the Canon would have enough "umph" to pick up everything and I've got my iPhone to get the regular daily shots. I wasn't planning on carrying more than one lens with me. An extra battery I could always leave in my bag.
     
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    I second the recommendation for the s95. It's a fantastic camera and probably more than enough for your needs.
     
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    I echo the s95 rec. Do not use a trip as the occasion to learn to shoot with an SLR. While you're figuring things out you will not get better results with an SLR than you will with a P&S. Frankly, it's possible you never will. The tool is a lot less important than the user, and the latest P&S cameras have truly amazing capabilities that even above-average photographers would never exhaust.

    If you do want to learn to use an SLR, buy one and use it to shoot random objects around the house, in your yard, etc. It will take a lot of practice before you end up getting better results than you will with a P&S, and you don't want to be focused on and fumbling with your camera on vacation - you want to be recording happy moments for posterity and enjoying yourself. Once you have some facility with the SLR you will know whether it is worth it to you to deal with the extra weight and bulk while traveling.
     
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    do you know what those features are and how to use them?

    you dont want to get a dslr, unless you are committed to learning how to use one.

    im not saying this to to be snobby, im saying this because it will be bulkier, heavier, more complicated to use, and makes you more of a target.

    we went to barcelona this weekend and my colleague whipped out his new t3i. i thought "wow, someone i could discuss photography with". he started snapping photos, and then remarked how all his photos were blurry and way too bright. turns out, he had EV compensation set on +1.33 and focus on spot, which was no good when taking wide angle group-landscape type shots. and of course, he knew nothing of it.

    for travel you want something light, fast (turn-on & focusing), bright (for sharp night/low-light shots), and wide to capture the scene. many camera fit this mold. many of those are from canon. S100 is pretty good for auto shooting, with enough modes and features if youre keen. there are others -- check out dpreview or stevesdigicams or even ---gasp--- ken rockwell
     
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    agree with some of da posts above....don't get a dslr and attempt to learn to use it on your trip. get a quality point & shoot and you will be ok.
    i shoot with nikon dslr's........but also know people who prefer canons.....so it's personal choice.
    i also have a leica point and shoot to carry in my pocket to take flicks when i don't want to lug around th nikon/lens/etc and also at night when i am feeling festive.........
     
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    he speaks the common man's language. the grant peterson of cameras. highly polarizing, but makes sense on some levels. i obsess over comparing moire patterns on a 100% crop studio shot, but that is a pursuit for its own sake, and does not matter much in the real world.
     
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    Well, obviously I'd be committed to learning, but I really do know nothing about cameras. If you guys think I can get just as good shots with a P&S, then that's what I'll do. If I can pick up the DSLR within a reasonable amount of time, and lugging it around isn't too bad, then I'll give that a shot.

    Just out of curiosity - If I went with one of the above, which would you recommend? The 5100 or the T3i?
     
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    you'd probably like the nikon v1 with the kit zoom.
     
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    i agree, get the most capable (and pocketable) p+s you can get. Will save you hassles and possibly from being a target. I haven't turned my DSLR on in years, it's just too cumbersome to take places - I have a small Canon p+s that takes good enough photos, and have an iPhone for the quick funny snaps.
     
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    Any M 4/3 or a Sony Nex would be good. pretty simple to use even without knowledge of cameras and it'll fit into blazer pockets
     

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