I totally agree in regards to the cost of the camera. I do suggest that if someone is considering a camera to do the consumer report run and also do as much research as possible. I got a Kodak DC3200 and it works great but if I would of shopped around a little more, I could of got a camera twice as good for like $20 more. Digital cameras are so much fun, especially with the cats. You can snag a picture just at the right moment and be looking at it on your screen the next.
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I've frequented this site for almost 3 years now and they are dead on with suggesting the best bang for your buck.