Memory card prices and new Canon compact
Have you seen that you can now get an SD flash card, 4 GB, for around 30 dollars? Holy crap, at those prices I think I will stop reusing the cards and just keep them for additional backup.
By the way, here is a really promising new camera that I'll get for myself for Christmas. Compact, nice looking, metal body, image stabilization, and really high image quality. And really reasonably priced too. Amazing.
From the review:
"I took a series of shots one evening just to show off what the PowerShot SD950 IS's image stabilization can do. The room was lit by nothing more than 60 watt bulbs (well, the fluorescent equivalent, which is a lot lower). ISO was set to High ISO, limiting it to ISO 800. And I got sharp shots with shutter speeds as low as 1/15 second, something I can't hand hold. [...] Considering that I couldn't do better than 1/60 second with the Canon SD900, that's easily a two stop improvement, and a great argument for upgrading to the PowerShot SD950 IS."
Look at this test image. Impressive.
This one is at the highest sensitivity, ISO 1600. Of course on such a small camera, that setting is very grainy (noisy). But I think actually the noise looks sort of interesting. Arty. Only not to be used if you need maximum detail.
(By the way, if you're interested in it and you're in Europe, be aware that many electronics manufacturers irritatingly still insists on different names for their products in Eu and USA, and in Europe this camera is called "Canon IXUS 960 IS". I fail to see that Canon or anybody else gains anything in the long run by this confusing tactic.)