This past weekend I bought a Canon PowerShot S410 digital camera at the local Target. They’re rearranging their electronics department and happened to have a pristine display unit on sale for $175, which fell under my self-imposed $200 limit. That’s a really good price when you consider the camera still sells for around $275 most places. I had to make another trip to pick up the battery charger, which they’d misplaced, but it all worked out fine. Sometimes shopping locally has unexpected benefits.
So why another camera? While I love my Canon 10D and use it all the time, there are times when a pocket-sized camera is more practical to carry around. (My recent business trip to Washington DC, for example.) I almost bought a previous-generation SD110 on sale from Amazon before I decided to wait and see what else turned up. The S410 is a tiny bit bigger than the SD110, but it uses the same CF cards I already have for my 10D and D30, has a nicer 3x zoom, and a higher 4.0 megapixel resolution.
This has been a crazy week and I haven’t had much time to enjoy the new camera yet. There are a couple SD410 photos in my flickr gallery if you want to take a look. More to come soon.