Originally Posted by scumshine
I've been thinking about a smaller camera, I want it small enough so that I can where it on a lanyard around my neck for quick snaps.
After reading rhhall's post I did some web searching. I'm narrowing in on the Canon SD870 IS
which is a modest evolution from the SD800 that he uses.
There's an accessory kit for the SD870 that includes a neck lanyard (along with a leather case and spare battery), so presumably it's light enough to wear that way. I'm not sure I'd want it around my neck on the bike though, crash danger aside it'd be hard to take self pictures or shots like the one with the roundel with it around your neck.
The attractive feature of the SD800/SD870 is the wide angle -- every other small point-and-shoot camera I looked at starts around 36mm or 38mm equivalent, where the 800 and 870 start at 28mm equivalent. Time from power to picture is also excellent.
There's no viewfinder at all on the 870 (to make room for the larger LCD), which would normally be a concern, but I don't think I care for from-the-bike since you can't get a camera close to your eye with the helmet on anyway.
My remaining worry is this touch sensitive ring control they describe on the back. That sounds impossible with gloves. But then, the rocker on the 800 is probably impossible with gloves anyway (comment?). I guess if I want to change the shooting setup I'll have to take a glove off.
The zoom, power, and mode switches on the 870 actually look like they might be slightly more usable with gloves than the 800.