Canon Powershot SD500
The sheer processing power of the Canon PowerShot SD-500 is impressive enough. With the legendary DIGIC II image processing system at the ready, this camera can churn out image after image of extremely high quality, clear, and focused photos. Best of all, unlike many other high-end digital cameras in the market, the SD-500 is fast. It will turn on and start shooting almost immediately, allowing you flexibility when it comes to quick shooting.With 7.2 megapixel resolution and advanced sensors to incorporate all that information efficiently and without blurring your image, the PowerShot SD-500 is far and away superior to its slightly lower-priced predecessors, the SD-300 and the SD-400. Like those PowerShot models, the SD-500 Canon snaps 30 frames per second at 640 by 480 to give you great film clips.At the same time, this isn't a camera for people who like to fuss and tinker with their images. There aren't really any manual controls--it's just a brute force machine. Reviewers have actually compared this camera to another top-of-the-line Canon model, the G-6. This is not to say that the camera doesn't have its drawbacks--it lacks a battery change reminder light, for instance--but the pictures taken with this camera can be blown up to large sizes without sacrificing quality or blurring.Perhaps best of all, the SD-500 is sleek and compact, so you can take it with you anywhere. Unlike more complex Canon models, like the PowerShot A95 and the 20-D, which are heavier, the SD-500 can be toted practically anywhere. Of course, it's smart to check out consumer reviews and do a little comparison shopping before putting your money down.