Hi all, several weeks ago I posted a thread about a field camp I'm going on to Meteor Crater. The basic question was, what camera should I bring? I got very split answers, but I think in the end I'm going to go with a P&S. Yes, some folks raised some good points about bringing an SLR, but now that I was sent a gear list of stuff I'm required to bring, an SLR really is not feasible.
With that said, what would folks recommend for a P&S to bring? First, I want something that fits in my pocket. That's the whole reason for going with a P&S. Second, I think I would like to be able to have full manual controls, though I realize that limits me in choices. If I were to go with something without full manual controls, would I still be able to choose things like Aperture and then the camera chooses shutter speed? I tried playing around with a few cameras at Target and couldn't really get them to do that ...
Anyway, I was looking at the Canon S90. I know S95 just came out today, but it seems like such an incremental upgrade (don't care about HD video) that the S90s will be on sale ($300 from Dell!) and maybe be worth it. I should note that I'm not thrilled with spending even $300 on this, but I realize that I could use it for things other than just this. Like I could keep it in the car for those rainbows or sunsets I see when driving and don't have my full camera gear with me.
Now that the horse is before the cart, a bit of setting: Meteor crater is a 1.2-km-diameter impact crater in the Arizona desert, and I will be camping for 7 nights in a tent in the RV lot 6 miles from the crater. We will be going in to the crater (yay!) which is something that is almost never permitted. Gear that I'm required to bring includes a rock hammer, 3 1-L water bottles, drafting tools, magnification loop, boots, etc. (those are the main things one may not think of). I have been to Meteor Crater before, several times, including walking fully around the rim and getting lots of pictures. The camera would be more to just document the trip for fun and to get shots of being inside the crater. Yes, this is remotely related to my thesis work (for those who read the old thread), but my thesis will not include anything about this.
Now that you have the whole scenario, what do you folks recommend? Something like one of the Elf models, or going to the S90?