I've narrowed my search to 2 cameras; The Canon PowerShot A700 and the Fuji FinePix F30.
Mostly based upon reviews in DPReview.
The Fuji has the fastest shutter-lag in a digicam they ever measured. It also has by far the best low light functioning due to it's sensor.
It is a 38-108 zoom with mediocre macro mode
The stats on the Canon are not as good though it apparently has good low light function and a fast shutter time
It is a 35 to 210 zoom and has an excellent macro mode.
Both apparently have very good AF with some problems with the Fuji up close. The Fuji uses a contrast AF system. Very useful UW. I couldn't find out what type of AF (IR or Contrast?) the Canon uses.
Fuji makes a housing for their camera. The Fuji is similar to their F10 model which Ike makes a housing for. So I'm hoping he will make one for the Fuji F30 as well.
Canon doesn't list a housing at this time but Ike lists a housing for it in August. It is shown under "what's new" on the Ike web site.
I prefer the Ike housing. I have an Inon macro lens so I'm not too worried about the macro mode if an Ike housing is available. Also you could get a wide angle lens. Neither camera has much in the way of wide angle.
A very small, light weight housing, is important as I hope to use it from a kayak for shooting whales, dolphins and otters. The telephoto end of the zoom is therefore also valuable. The telephoto end of the camera's lens is probably more important than it's UW use for what I would probably shoot with this camera. Note the Canon's telephoto is almost double that of the Fuji.
The UW functioning of the camera is less vital as it would only be an emergency backup to my D2X housing. But if it is functional then I could carry it as my only backup.
Any thoughts or experience with these cameras? Any other cameras I should consider? I'm only interested in small fairly new models. Shutter lag is very important. I'm use to the D2X and anything other than "very fast" will not be considered. No offense to anyone but the only opinions on shutter lag I'm interested in are those from people who are primarily using a dSLR. They are use to no shutter lag and would know what I might find acceptable.
Thanks for any input.
I know this question has been put forth before; but the answer changes every 6 months and these cameras are fairly new.
Edited by davephdv, 30 July 2006 - 06:16 PM.