One of the cameras that I have been using for the last two years, and my main “carry it around in my pocket” camera is the Canon sd500. It’s one of the smaller cameras in the digital Elph series (I believe it’s named “IXUS 700” in Europe), and has a CHDK hack available that lets you access more than just the standard powers features of the camera.
This is important – I will be doing a lot of writing about the CHDK hack. In fact, it’s the single reason why I recommend grabbing this type of camera for the pocket. It’s not as good as many other cameras, but for $200 you can have a near-professional camera thanks to those hacks.
Main features (which matter to me):
- 7 megapixel
- 37-111 mm (equivalent) lens
- Custom white balance
- Macro and telephoto modes
- Selectable ISO from 50 to 400 (with decent auto detect)
- Good battery life