Comparison tools and detailed specifications
- snapsort A simply amazing site that allows you to look at the specifications of the cameras in detail and highlights where they are weak or string. It is particularly good for comparing cameras and showing what other cameras are competitors. Invaluable. It also recommends the best camera at a particular price according to their calculations.
- Digital Camera Shutter Lag Comparison Table
The two main criteria for the new camera was that it had to be good in low light conditions and it could film reasonable films. In the end I decide that Canon and its newer "HS" (High Sensitivity) cameras were the way forward as they have amazing performance in low light conditions. The two I looked at, the Ixus 115 HS and Ixus 220 HS, are equipped with a fast 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC 4 processor, a new 1080p full HD video mode. They are very similar, with the more expensive 220 HS being smaller, with a bit better lens, a 5x zoom instead of 4x, but a smaller LCD screen. After much debate I plumped for the cheaper Ixus 115 HS as it was less of a risk on a new brand and there is £20 rebate offered at the moment. Other cameras that we seriously considered: