Any new compact cameras worth a look ?

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Canon just announced what is probably going to be my next camera. I give you the Canon G1 X. Now I just need to see the specs on burst mode.
You might want to take a look at this evaluation by David Pogue: The Canon G1 X: Big Sensor, Major Disappointments:

The most exciting camera developments of the last two years have been smaller camera bodies with big sensors in them. I was incredibly excited, in particular, to hear about the new Canon G1 X: a coat-pocketable zoom camera with a huge sensor: 0.92 inch diagonal. That’s nearly the size of the APS-C sensor found in S.L.R. cameras like the Canon Rebel. It’s 16 percent bigger than the Four Thirds sensor used by Olympus and Panasonic, and over six times the size of the sensors in previous Canon G cameras (and most other compacts).


But the huge sensor makes the G1 X a whole new ballgame.

I’ve spent a couple of months with the camera I was dying to love, and I have to say that I’m a little disappointed.


The idea of a nearly S.L.R.-size sensor in a coat-pocketable camera is a sort of holy grail; I’ve been longing for it for over a decade. It’s an amazing engineering feat, frankly.

So let’s hope that Canon considers the G1 X a trial balloon, a learning experience — and blows its own first attempt out of the water with next year’s model.

I do not consider him an authority on photography by any stretch of imagination, but he is a diehard fan of big sensors in small bodies.
What would you recommend now? I'm looking at the Canon Powershots. I had one I was pretty happy with. Mostly this will be used backpacking. (We have a Rebel EOS you helped me pick out years back. Thank you again.) I'm looking to spend $200 or less. Features I like: image stabilization, self timer- one has a 3 shot option-neat. Low light or sunset feature. I would like a view finder, but seems like that's not an option. I used it sometimes on my former Powershot. These are three I've been comparing. If another brand is better recommended that's fine. I was just starting a search with what I knew and I saw a few ELPH recommendations here also. Thanks!

Canon - PowerShot ELPH-135 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera

Canon - PowerShot ELPH-150 IS 20.0-Megapixel Digital Camera

Canon - PowerShot ELPH-340 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
(We have a Rebel EOS you helped me pick out years back. Thank you again.)
While this reply doesn't help you with choosing a P&S, some may find the Canon EOS Rebel SL-1 to be of interest. It is significantly smaller and lighter than any of Canon's other DSLR bodies, has similar capabilities to the EOS Rebel T5i (Canon's current top Rebel), and uses any of Canon's EF-S and EF lenses. (EF-S lenses are generally smaller and lighter than the equivalent EF lens.)

A middle ground between a full-frame DSLR and a P&S...

I just bought a Canon G16, more money than you're willing to spend but so far I've been very happy with the results. I has the viewfinder. You might consider the now discontinued G15 which is still more expensive than your budget but has a viewfinder and better quality images than any of these ELPHs.

Of the cameras on your list I think the 340 is the best combination of function and value. None of these cameras are going to be great in low light, the sensors are too small and the lenses too slow, but they'll all do the job.