Your expertise is needed, SS. :-)
How much do you want to spend?
I'd also suggest the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II flash.
A digital one.
My monitor is completely screwed from pasting my film pictures to Facebook, and nobody seems to be able to see them!
I followed the advice from a previous camera thread and got a Canon PowerShot A2300 HD.
The delay between button-press and picture-snap is irritating as hell.
It takes good pictures unless you’re trying to capture a specific instant.
Just make sure it has a viewfinder and not just the LCD screen.
Go on craigslist and buy a used one and save a ton of money. Anything Canon, Nikon or Sony digital should do fine.
cnet.com and other (many good) review sites. Relying on anecdotes on an Internet forum is like asking here what is best brand of gasoline.
I have a Panasonic DMC-Z57 that I love, and it cost about $265 two Christmases ago. It has a Leica lens without the high price. After I take the photos I use the cord that came with it to transfer the photos to my PC via the USB cable. Then I can upload to Facebook or another website for sharing with family & friends (I use Dropbox for that).
The camera takes excellent (crisp and clear) photos of all types of scenarios, indoor, at night, sunny, etc. I can use the flash or not. It has GPS capability if I want it. I bought an extra battery so I can change it out when the old one is drained, then recharge that first one for the next use.
I can’t say enough good things about it! Love my camera!
I paid $99 for a Canon PowerShot A1300 16.0 MP Digital Camera 4 months back. It has become my wife’s favorite camera, since it will take both photos and high def 720p video. I did get a 32G SD chip for it and it will hold about 3 hours of video and thousands of photos. It will use rechargable AA cels or AA alkalines right off the shelf. A single charge on the cells is good for about an hour of video.
Now that my wife takes it, I’ll probably not get it back and will have to use my Nikon DSLR.
I love my Sony cybershot. Great photos, panoramics, movies, etc. Just buy an extra battery as one will go down over a period of time even if the camera isn’t turned on.
On the high end of inexpensive $300 Nikon - Coolpix S800c 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
The low end is around $150
Samsung - Wi-Fi WB150F 14.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
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I'm looking for a viewfinder model. I'm checking reviews for low light capability and lens speed.
I'm also considering price.
I also refer to RESELLER RATING to check out any vendor I'm suggesting.
Most of my gear is used, much of it from KEH. I've saved thousands of dollars and have a lot of reliable gear.
It seems like every time a thread like this starts a lot of folks jump in trying to spend lots of money.
Some of us ain't got a lot!
I’ve sold cameras, and owned many. I was disappointed with the photo quality in my Canon, which died for no apparent reason. If you buy a Nikon, buy two because one of them will usually be in the shop for repair. I’ve owned Sony before and after the above cameras and have never been disappointed with Sony.
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