Full review posted for Canon PowerShot S70|
(Monday, October 4, 2004 - 12:10 EDT)
Following the tradition of earlier high-end S-series PowerShots, the S70 is perhaps best described as a "G6 in sheep's clothing."
Compared to the G6, about all that's missing are a flash hot shoe, the tilt/swivel LCD, and the G6's internal neutral density filter. Everything else about the camera fits the needs, desires, and interests of "enthusiast" shooters, while at the same time remaining approachable for rank beginners, thanks to a full auto mode and a small assortment of scene modes.
In terms of image quality, the S70 is also a near match for the G6. Its color is slightly more saturated, calculated to better appeal to typical consumer tastes, but it gives up a little sharpness in the corners of the frame at the (very) wide angle end of its zoom range, and also has slightly less well-behaved image noise.
These are relatively minor quibbles though, as the S70 is an unusually strong performer in virtually every respect. Another easy choice for a "Dave's Pick" from Canon. Check it out!