I like Canon cameras. I use a few but mostly my trusty G3, good quality in a fairly compact size. Most of the out-of-focus pictures can be avoided if you give the AF some time to adjust. They are much slower in digital P&S compared to 35mm cameras, so just pointing and pushing the shutter will reduce chances for success.
Originally Posted by andyg
Bought a Canon S1IS last fall. So far I'm really happy with it. The only disavantage is the inability to use an off camera flash. I tried placing a folded tissue in front of the flash to soften and diffuse the onboard unit. So far I've gotten mixed results but nothing that I'm real happy with.
Recommendation: Make sure you get one with the hotshoe.
I agree, a hotshoe is a nice thing to have.
But here are two more things you can try. For regular indoor shots, attach a piece of white plastic underneath the flash, pointing up in a 45deg angle. This will direct most of the flash light towards the ceiling, where it is nicely diffused. Assuming your ceiling is white, not pink or such.
Second, for macro shots, you can use a white plastic softdrink container, cut a hole in the bottom that fits your lens, and attach it. Then, use some more white plastic to direct the flashlight towards the cup. It works pretty much like one of those overpriced ring flashes, great for closeups of stuff, not so great for aquariums because it's tough to get rid of reflections.