Back in June 2004, I replaced my Canon S10 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-W1 [REVIEW] which seemed to be the "winner" at the time for my requirements: size, weight, formfactor, movie capture, snapping picture speed, etc. As someone who hasn't been a big fan of Sony products, this camera has really been a very pleasant surprise.
But convincing my wife Christy to go digital has been a non-starter since I brought home my first Apple QuickTake camera. However, that has all recently changed since my 1 year old daughter Carson opened up Christy's $1K+ SLR, and made some moving parts out of non-moving parts.
So, Christy is off at a play group last week, and mentioned her sad destroyed camera story, and a friend, who is also an amatuer photographer, lent Christy her a Canon S60 that this friend had determeined who was the best "consumer" sized digital camera an SLR person would be happy with.
This is nothing new to what I had been saying for over the last year, but since "source" was not her geek husband, Christy actually really used the S60 over the course of a weekend, and compared it with my DSC-W1.
And then we made a spreadshet of all her requirements, and then matched current available models from Canon, Sony, Olympus, & Ricoh [short list suggested by Leo Laporate]; and decided on the Canon S70 [REVIEW] as the best fit.
The camera came on Monday, and so far we are doing pretty good with the new camera.