I am looking at an upgrade from my little Canon A540, but I can't afford a digital SLR, and I need something easy to carry around with my binoculars when I'm birding.
I'm looking at some of the new super-zoom cameras, with 10-12x optical zoom, and 8.1 megapixels; namely, the Canon Powershot S5 IS, the Sony Cybershot DSC H3, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ 18. The problem is, they all have mixed reviews of image quality. The best reviews are for the Canon, but some say the video quality is bad, and it seems a bit too big.
Do any of you use these cameras? I would LOVE some advice.