Originally Posted by Scalce
...I have had a few Canon cameras but they can not be adjusted to take pictures on sunny days on the slopes.
I'm not exactly sure why there would be any more trouble with Canon cameras in this price/performance range, than with other brands. I would think that on sunny days, not being able to add exposure compensation should be fixable using some simple level adjustments in a cheap editing program such as Photoshop Elements.
I'm still an SLR guy on the slopes, and haven't used a compact digital except for everyday snapshots, I have friends who have used a few different digital cameras in the 3 Megapixel range. They never had much trouble in various lighting conditions, and the photos looked very good as far as both exposure and colors.
The biggest problem with the compact digitals is that they're pretty useless for any type of action shots due to the lack of a decent zoom, and "shutter lag." But for scenic and candid shots, most work very well. If I was set on getting a small digital it would have to at least have a good zoom range, and/or 5-6 Megapixels.
If you look at most digital ski photos, the biggest drawback is the shot where you try to get a bit of action, and the skier takes up about 5% of the frame. Too small. With a high megapixel camera you could at least have the option of cropping in close to your subject without too much degradation.
IMO, the type of camera you're looking at should work very well for scenic shots though, and a few lucky action shots. The Olympus Stylus 300 only has a 3x Optical zoom equivalent to a 35-105 mm lens on an SLR. Just barely wide angle for scenic shots, and just barely enough zoom for some action shots. The 12x digital zoom is useless, and I would never use it.
I might be nuts, but I'm saving up my money to trade in my Canon Elan 7 in for an EOS 20D. Is it worth lugging a big digital SLR around all day in a fanny pack? For me it is, but there are times when I'd also like to just stick a small digital in my pocket.
So, unlike the the old days where a bigger ski was usually a better ski, I haven't yet been converted when it comes to my camera. But anything is better than no camera, and these small digital cameras are much better (for most users) than an old 35mm instamatic. Some of them have excellent optics considering the size of the lens.
If all you want is a small, reliable digital to stick in a pocket, the Stylus looks decent. Olympus makes good cameras and I like the fact that it looks to have better than average weatherproofing.