In the store I also looked at the Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS, a camera that, according to its specifications and the store clerk, would take higher quality pictures than the 100 IS. The price was the same, but the 870 IS a bit larger and as my shopping helper pointed out; I already have a huge camera that takes high quality pictures, what I was looking for now was something really compact. And the 100 IS is really compact.
Even though I’ve not had the chance to test the new camera properly yet, I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far. The camera is snappy, the automatic mode works well, there is a myriad of presets if you don’t want to use the automatic mode - one example is a preset for “fireworks”, not sure how often I’ll need that - and it’s possible to manually control the ISO value, white balance and exposure control. I wish it was possible to control the shutter speed and aperture, though.
Over the next two, three weeks, I’ll most likely take a few pictures with the 100 IS and there’s a chance I’ll post some of them here for you to glare at. The photos used in the Candy Test Part I were all taken using the new camera in automatic mode, which correctly switched to macro mode when the object was moved close enough to the lens. The quality of the images is about as high as my expectations for a compact in the 100 IS’ price range.