When we first went shopping for a digital camera, we went to Wolfe Camera (also called Ritz Camera) and told them we were clueless, asked a bunch of questions, (and were asked a bunch of questions like: What will you be taking pictures of the most? Vacation? Children? What size pics will you be wanting? etc.-things we hadn't even thought
of) and they were unbelievably helpful, even after we told them how much we had to spend, lol, and ended up with a really nice camera for the $.
Right now I am on my 3rd digital camera- a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5- last year's camera, but I got it as a floor sample (they had lost the box with the accessories) for $150, plus a $100 gift card free
, so I can't complain no matter what, I guess, lol.
But, it is the most "newbie" friendly camera I have ever had or tried, even has an "easy button" to get you started (a "just the basics" setting). It is a 6 megapixel, with a 6x zoom, optic stablization (helps with the shakey hand thing
), has movie mode (love that! My last camera did too) and can use rechargable batteries or regular AA batteries- that was a plus for me too. The flash recovery time is a little slow, but that's about my only complaint...
The other plus is that when I looked it up on this link online, it now runs between around $140-$160
. Here's a link to a review if you're interested:http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/LZ5/LZ5A.HTM
Sorry, didn't mean to write you a book
, but in case you can't tell, I really like my camera