I'd love to see - but you don't look tired here! I'll PM in a minute.
Glad to hear you're feeling better. But, you poor thing, it has taken a while.
Hate to say "We told you so," - but we warned you!!
I just hope you're back to your normal energy levels SOON!!!!!!
I recently started wheezing for some reason, and now I have to carry a puffer around. It really helps, I was amazed.
The camera. Gary is VERY knowledgeable about this stuff.
The most important consideration is what resolution (quality) pictures you want to be able to take. The higher the resolution, obviously, the higher the cost.
The lowest resolution that looks O.K. (ours were pretty fuzzy) is 1.3 megapixel. (This refers to how many dots of info in an inch). We just bought a 2.0 megapixel - and I'm very satisfied with the pics. We're only using it for on-line purposes. I know you're in Canada - we spent US$249 at Circuit City. We bought a Sony.
If you want to be able to blow-up your prints or print them out, you should consider a 3.0 mega pixel, although they're expensive!
The next thing to consider is the optics. If you want some zoom capability on the camera (2x - 3x is pretty standard), you should pay attention to whether it is an optic zoom (an actual lens like on a real camera) or a digial zoom (done by software). The optical zoom is more expensive, but will produce higher quality pictures all else being equal on the camera.
Everyone has their own opinion, but we believe:
- that Toshiba is the highest quality (but they're more expensive and only sell at the high end).
- that Nikon and Sony have comparable optic (lens) quality - Nikon might be a bit better. Cannon and Olympus are good, but all else equal, the Nikon or Sony will take better pics because of the lens quality. (But make sure you pay attention to whether the zoom is optic or digital when comparing price. Digital will be cheaper). Fuji is terrible.
- the Kodak cameras (here) are cheaper for the same megapixel - but that is because the optics aren't as good.
Last thing to consider is the memory. The cameras come equipped with different memory sticks. Standard are 8 or 16 megabyte sticks. Just keep that in mind when comparing prices - the exact same camera sold with an 8mb stick will be cheaper than the camera with a 16mb stick, so don't forget to take that into account. You can buy additional memory sticks - I think they go all the way up to 128mb.
On our camera (a Sony DSC-P51), at the highest resolution setting in "fine" mode, with a 16mb memory stick we can take 10 pictures before we have to download the pics off of the memory stick. With a 32mb memory stick we would be able to take 20 pics; at 64mb we could take 40, and at 128mb we could take - you guessed it - 80 pics.
We don't store the pics on the memory sticks, we download them and store them on the hard drive.
We don't use the digital camera in place of a film camera! At Holidays and stuff we want to make sure we have "forever," we use both!