I am planning to buy a Digital Camera and a handy cam. I will be using it for my tours/family functions at the most. For the digital camera, based on Digit and other reviews, I have decided to buy the Canon PowerShot A590 IS. Is the A720IS worth the extra money for 6X zoom? I have also settled on Canon because it has an optical viewfinder and will help in saving battery life. Are my assumptions correct? Are there any better cameras for around Rs 8,000 to 10,000? Kindly advice.
For handy cam I have settled on Canon FS10/FS11. Are they good? Among others I settled on them due to their storage. I feel that they will be more stable compared to hard disk based cams. Is this correct? My budget is around Rs 24,000 to 26,000. Please advice.
DIGIT ANSWERS: The A590 IS and A720 IS are both very good cameras for their prices. The A720 is worth the extra money you will need to spend. Not only does it have a slightly more powerful zoom lens but it also is slightly superior in quality. Using the optical viewfinder might save a little bit of battery power but using it all the time is not always going to be possible.
The Canon FS 10 should be around your budgeted range but keep in mind that these are SD-based camcorders. They are quieter and the batteries should last longer than on hard drive and tape-based ones.