I currently use a Canon s70 on a BEAK rig. I have been very happy with this camera and it has served me well.
However, I would like to upgrade to a camera with higher image quality and the ability to make larger prints. I plan to keep using my BEAK and just replace the camera. I am looking for a minimum of 10mp and a 28mm or wider lens. This will be a camera strictly for KAP, so I don't care about non-KAP features.
I know that there have been a lot of discussion about these cameras lately, but they are scattered throughout several threads and there seems to be no real conclusions in any of the threads.
These are the cameras I have narrowed it down to and some thought on each one:
Canon Powershot G10 - Fits my specs. May be too heavy for the BEAK though? I don't know much about CHDK, but is there a way to program an interval timer into this camera? Cons: No remote capabilities that I know of.
Nikon Coolpix P600 - Fits my specs. Cons: No remote capabilities that I know of.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 - Fits my specs. Cons: No remote capabilities that I know of.
Ricoh Caplio GX200 - This is the one I am leaning twords. Mostly because it has an interval timer and won't require a remote or servo to trigger it. The one con is that there is no shutter priority mode, which is what I prefer for KAP.
Sigma DP1 - I would like this camera over all the others except that there are no remote capabilities and others have had problems getting a servo to trigger this camera. So unless someone can convince me otherwise, I have pretty much decided against this camera.
Now, what I need help with is deciding based on which camera has the best image quality and ability to adapt my BEAK to the new camera, although I would not be against building a new autoKAP rig. The cost of the camera is not much of a concern because I have been saving money for this reason for a while now.
Any suggestions or input is greatly appreciated. Also, if there are cameras not listed here that I should consider, please let me know.
Thank you in advance!