FireGryphon wrote:I want this camera to be a pocketable complement to my 7D. If price was no option I'd get an S95, but price is important now. I've resigned myself to something that is merely pocketable with good picture quality. Maybe it's worth saving up a bit longer and getting the SD1300... Not sure if it's worth the extra money, though.
Then I suggest you go try them out in person to see which one is more pocketable for you. To me the wider angle lens is well worth the price. Ever since Canon removed P/S/M modes from the A series IMO they have become larger, more plasticky, and cheaper SD's (for the nitpickers: yes I am aware of the higher end SDs now have P/S modes). A trip to imaging-resource for some comparison shots of the cameras (or previous models) would be beneficial as well.
Speaking of cost, there is one more scenario to consider as it will be a + for the A495/800 and a - for SD1x00. If you already have an external flash with AA batteries, I can assume that you would have more than a set of NiMH AA batteries with a nice charger already? If you ever have a need to shoot a lot of pictures with your compact, then your investment in your current battery "system" can be used right away, while you have to buy a spare proprietary unit for the SD.
Flying Fox wrote:The differences seem to be SDXC compatibility and EXIF 2.3 (nothing much to do with JPEG compression, though newer firmware should have some tweaks).
Ah, thanks. It is just tweaks to EXIF data?
I would think so. You can dig up the PDFs of the specs and take a look yourself. They are linked from wikipedia.
That said, the actual picture processing and compression algorithms may have been tweaked between the 495 and the 800. I don't think it will make much difference as that part of the market and the IQ have been stagnating for a while. Most of the innovations now are just trying to jam video (HD for the more expensive ones) capability in those things.