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Canon has always made good subcompact digital cameras. And now that they have produced a couple models in their IS (image stabilization) line, the SD800IS has taken things to a whole new level. With a 28-105 zoom lens, you start at a wider angle that almost every other camera in its class. If you’ve ever backed yourself up against a wall trying to fit everyone into the picture, you’ll really appreciate the slightly wider angle. And there still plenty of zoom to get up close. But most important of all, the image quality is AWESOME!
There is a slightly more expensive SD850IS model, which boasts 8 megapixels instead of the SD800IS’ 7.1. But the wider angle is not available on the SD850IS, so I would stick with the 800 for that reason alone. Plus, 7.1 megapixels provides as much fine detail as 35mm film so you can make beautiful prints up to 11×14 inches. While no subcompact camera will ever compare to high end digital SLR cameras, you will have a hard time convincing people you took your pictures with a pocket camera. For under $300 at Amazon.com, I am sold on this little camera.