Sometimes Having a Blog Is Handy…

…like, when you need to make a biggish purchase and don't know where to start.

My digital camera is dead as a doornail.  It's not an overly expensive one, and it served me well.  But I know the drill, because I've done it before–if I take it to the camera place, they will tell me it's more economical to replace it than to repair it.  (Since when did our electronic devices become disposable?  But that's a post for another day…)

With soccer season, birthday season, and end-of-school season just around the corner, I know I can't make it very long without a camera.  I'm not a photo buff; I know digital SLRs are wonderful, but I just can't justify the expense.  Here's what I'm looking for:

Never mind, I have no idea what I'm looking for, because I don't possess the terminology to know what I'm looking for.  Here's a revolutionary thought:  I want to press the little button and get good pictures.  I don't want it to suck my bank account dry.  I want it to have decent zoom for soccer pictures.  I don't want an overly long delay when I press the little button (I hate that about digital cameras).  And as long as I'm making my wish list, I'd like for it to be able to stop by and pick up milk on the way home and establish peace in the Middle East.

If you have bought a lower-to-mid-priced digital camera in the last few months, I would love to know what you bought, and what you think.  I know I could just Google it for reviews, but I always encounter words like "aperture" and "contrast ratio", while my photographic vocabulary is limited to "that little silver button thingy." 

Help me, Internet.  You're my only hope. 

133 thoughts on “Sometimes Having a Blog Is Handy…

  1. mzzterry says:

    I Canon Power Shot. It has some fancy stuff, but I can use it on automatic & it sets everything for me. I love to take photos of children and flowers and it does a great job on both of these subjects.

  2. Melanie says:

    Hubs gave me a Kodak M893 (I guess that is what it is) for my birthday in Dec. I like that it is small and it takes great pics. But there is a delay to see the picture that you just took. My old Kodak easyshare was quicker with that but the zoom wasn’t good.
    I’m no help!

  3. Mary says:

    My Boyfriend has the Cyber Shot and I like it better than mine. Then there is my rother’s Nikon…it makes me salivate. Of course that one is over $300

  4. Adventures In Babywearing says:

    Shannon! I JUST bought the Canon Powershot SX110 IS for $200 on Amazon (free shipping, too!) I LOVE IT.
    Now, it’s a point and shoot, but it is wonderful. I am still learning the settings but have posted a few pics I’ve taken (without flash! And they are awesome!) and played around with editing on Picasa.
    My professional photog friends like Beth from I Should Be Folding Laundry and Casey from Moosh In Indy ALL told me it is an excellent choice.

  5. Pam @ Without Fear says:

    I have a little bit older model of the Canon Powershot (A590 IS) that I got for less than $100 in Feb. It takes great pictures, is easy to figure out, and you can’t go wrong on the price. I would just wholeheartedly recommend getting rechargeable batteries for it. It’s served me well so far.
    Check out my newest posts to see the evidence. : ) CNET is a great place to check out cameras to see if you’re getting a good deal before you buy. They use layman’s terms that are easy to understand, too.

  6. Lisa says:

    I purchased a Canon PowerShot Elph a few months ago and love it. Not only is it easy to use and takes great pictures, but it is very small and lightweight, which is wonderful for travel if, like me, you don’t want to carry around a 10 pound purse. Got mine at Costco but you can also find them on Amazon and at other retailers.

  7. Kristin says:

    I too love my Canon PowerShot SD700 IS. The key is the IS (Image Stabilization). It means when you zoom in taking an action soccer picture, it won’t turn out blurry. Go with what Steph got, you will not be disappointed.
    You can look at my blog for my pics, I don’t edit them at all.

  8. Laura says:

    I have one of the Cannon Elfh cameras and I love it. I keep it in my purse and use it weekly. I have the PowerShot SD770 IS. It’s pretty new to the market and I can’t tell you exactly what makes it better, but I can tell you my husband did hours of research and make several spreadsheets before deciding exactly what I wanted. He did well. It’s perfect. I have one of the fancy LSR’s but my little elph is perfect for everyday use.

  9. ~Jessica says:

    I have an Olympus stylus 720SW and I’ve owned it for about 3 years now. I have fallen in love with this camera as its waterproof and shockproof(up to a 6ft fall). There are newer models that are also freeze proof for use in the winter. They are on average $225 and have excellent photo quality. I also own a Nikon D80, and I think the Olympus stylus does an excellent job in all the situations Ive used it in.
    If you want to take a look at photos I’ve taken with the Olympus stylus, I’ve included my flickr link to my Olympus set!
    I hope you find a good camera for you. Just go into a store and play with them….choose the one that feels right in your hands! That is the most important after getting a quality camera.

  10. Christy says:

    I have an SLR because I do portrait photography, but I blogged 3 point and shoot recommendations + a few key features to look for in a point and shoot here:
    If you want to really zoom in at soccer games go for the last option. You’ll be amazed. And BTW, you don’t need an SLR to take great pictures.
    About the delay when you hit the shutter–there actually is a good reason behind this. Focus on the object/person that is your main subject, press shutter half way, recompose (move the camera up or down or side to side a little if you’d like the subject off to the side a bit), then press the shutter the rest of the way.

  11. Katie says:

    I just bought an Olympus Stylus 1010. I bought it on sale for $169 at Best Buy, but also check out
    This has been a great camera. It has a great zoom and takes pictures quickly. Very clear!

  12. Big Mama says:

    Okay, so I’m not the first to say it, but I ADORE my Canon Digital Elph PowerShot. It has a cute red case, fits in my purse (important for a blogger!), and takes great pictures AND video. I got it for Christmas three years ago and use it almost every day!

  13. Sincerely Anna says:

    Canon Powershots are great! Image stabilzation, zoom, no delay if you just keep it on auto. I have the Canon Powershot 870. It was in the $300 range but they have cheaper versions that are good.
    Whatever you do, make sure you buy a camera that has a rechargable battery. Then purchase an extra one and a charger ($50). You’ll be so glad you did. Have fun!

  14. Jennifer McGuire says:

    Got a Cannon Power Shot SX10 IS for my birthday in October last year and have loved every minute of using it. It has a great camcorder function and is super easy to use. (I, too, just wanted to get good pics point and shoot…not worrying about aperture, blahblahblah.) And I might add, that my little brother went out and bought the exact same camera a few months ago and he is a tech/science/photography expert. His stamp of approval is worth more than mine! ($350 price tag, I think…but it was a gift so I didn’t look!)

  15. Sarah says:

    I just stopped by from another reader’s blog. I have the Cannon SD880 . . . love love love . . . however, the SD1100 I think it is (priced about $150-$200 depending where you look) takes equally great pictures.

  16. Linda Sue says:

    Canon PowerShotA560 – good basic camera – zoom is OK – works fabulous on auto with the flash turned off. Got ours at Costco – I think in the $225 range. Had our wonderful Costco rebate check so it was basically – free! Good hunting – I hate complex cameras – just wanted quick to use, easy to download and not have to sell off our herd to pay for the thing.

  17. Candy says:

    My husband is a camera buff and he said you can’t go wrong with the Sony Cyber Shot, it takes great pictures and is very affordable. Happy Camera hunting!

  18. Michelle Sybert says:

    Before I purchased the dig SLR Canon I had a Canon Powershot Elph ( I did get the most megapixels I could afford at 8.0) and it took excellent photos. crisp.clean. and IF I wanted to explore things like (gasp!) aperture…I could. So. in three words- canon.powershot.elph!

  19. Laura @ Texas in Africa says:

    Canon PowerShot. Mine’s a few years old, but whatever the latest model/most megapixels is out there is the way to go. It has an amazing number of features and fits in my pocket. It’s also stood up to travel all over the world, including living in the eastern Congo (read: it survived very bumpy roads).

  20. Lisa F says:

    We just got my dd a Nikon Cool Pix and have been very happy with it. It is 10mp and has a pretty decent zoom feature. The pictures are great and there isn’t too long of a delay when she pushed the little silver thingy. We paid 110 at Target I think. Happy shopping!

  21. MemeGRL says:

    Another happy Powershot owner. I have an SD1100 IS digital ELPH. Zoom is ok, but delay is relatively short for a digital.
    Whatever you get, may I suggest an extra battery?

  22. Mary ~ 4boys4me says:

    I have the Sony Cyber Shot that’s been mentioned a couple times. I love it – great pics, easy to use and very cute if you get the pink one. It also has a rechargable battery which saves $$$ but you have to remember to charge it! I’m still deciding if the battery is a pro or a con! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Lorie says:

    I laughed at your question about electronics being disposable these days. I was asking that exact question last week when our DVD player stopped working for no good reason that we can see. I was wanting to see about getting it fixed. Hubby said it would cost us more to have a tech tell us it would cost $50 to fix it when we can buy a new one for that price. It just makes me want to scream. Definitely a good topic for a post.

  24. Eckmama says:

    I’ve had 2 Sony CyberShots now and have used both of them for many, many soccer pictures (and they come out GREAT). The zoom is incredible! I have the DSC-H9 which is already outdated–the newer version was the DSC-H50, but I haven’t looked recently to know if that’s still the newest one. I’ve also used mine professionally, and as I’m learning about aperture and stuff ; ) I’m getting really amazing pictures out of my point-and-shoot. But the soccer action shots are my favorite!

  25. Diane says:

    I picked up the Canon digital ELPH Powershot SD770IS as wwll as one of the other commenters – first digital I’ve owned and I’m really liking it! I wanted an optical viewfinder as well as the sizeable screen (I’m old fashioned that way). Love the pictures it takes, and I can see the icons on the screen without having to drag out my reading glasses (a big plus).
    Oh – the little pink leather case was irresitable as well!

  26. Denise - Indiana says:

    I have an older Canon Powershot and love it! Fast camera, good quality images. I would suggest the Canon PowerShot SD890IS because it has a longer zoom. It’s available at Amazon for just under $200! is a very helpful site for camera info – he shows the features of different Canon Powershot models.

  27. Sarah says:

    I love my Powershot A590, my main camera is an SLR, but I needed something more portable for trips, theme parks, etc. So after a lot of research we bought the A590, and I love it. I know I can get very good pictures in a little package!

  28. chickadee says:

    several others have recommended it and it’s what i always say too, canon powershot
    it’s got an awesome zoom, enough features and settings to learn if you want to do some more creative stuff, and yet easy enough for someone who likes to point and shoot.
    i had it before i got my slr and learned a lot from it. i still love that camera.

  29. Carey says:

    Can’t help ya, but I just wanted to comment on your complaint about that ‘split-second’ delay… It’s the BANE of my EXISTENCE. I can’t tell you how many huge photo-op moments I’ve missed because someone moved faster than the darn $400 camera could shoot. OK… I’m done.

  30. Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I used to have a Powershot, and I agree with the chorus — it rocked. It was easy to use, inexpensive (comparatively), and it took a beating.
    Of course, the best thing might be to buy the latest model of whatever you used to have. That way, you’d already be familiar with many of the features.

  31. Amy says:

    We LOVE the Canon Powershot. We replaced our PowerShot A80, which we adored and used daily for five years, with the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph. We love it, too, but I have to put in a plug for Canon customer service. I googled the issue we were having with the older camera, and to make a long story short, Canon paid for us to send them the camera, and they fixed it FOR FREE! Now we have our new camera and our old camera, too…we love the Canon PowerShot. When we started, we knew nothing about digital photography. What we know, we just learned from using our camera. I don’t think we’ll ever switch to another brand.
    Oh, and you can get a generic replacement battery on Amazon for about $5. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Nicole G. says:

    Love my Sony Cypershot…things to keep in mind, a specific battery (not just AA’s, but the battery last FOREVER) and you even have the options of apeture and contrast ratio too ; ), it’s a point and shoot with 10.1 (good zooming quality). It is our 3rd Sony Cybershot, the first lasted us 8 years and it still works it was just huge and I wanted one more “pocket size”, the second suffered an ill-fate of meeting the ground from a 6 foot drop (a sad day), thus bringing us to the third. It was $200 at Costco. HTH, good luck

  33. Christine says:

    I have a little Nikon CoolPix. It does exactly what you describe. I point it at something, push the button, and get a picture. It does have a delay, but not as bad as some, and if you know what you’re after, you can depress the button halfway so it’s already focused, then it will take instantly when you finish pressing the button. It’s got 2 kinds of zoom so that it will go pretty far. The first level of zoom works great and gets you probably just past the middle of the field; then the digital zoom kicks in and quality degrades rather quickly, but if you don’t mind a little graininess, it will get you to the far end.

  34. Julie Cole says:

    Panasonic DMC-TZ3
    Bought it at costco a few years ago.
    I think around $200.
    I love it!
    It takes movies too!
    Easy to use.
    You can see some samples of some pictures and movies on my blog:

  35. Kelley says:

    I love my powershot, it’s slim, easy to use, and never fails to take a great picture. Plus, there’s never that awkward….. wait for it, wait for it, flash!…. when you can’t quite get the frame to take as with other digital camera’s i’ve encountered.
    TO ALL MOMS- Please… take my survey about crocs for an advertising class I’m in, it takes less than 5 minutes. Thanks!

  36. Chrissi says:

    we have a hp photosmart for our point and shoot and just recently purhcased a Canon Rebel digital SLR. {which was a big step for me btw. } that being said. I am SO happy with Canon, I think I would recomend the powershot from Canon as well. we are now a Canon happy family!

  37. Tammie says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest our favorite camera, the Canon Powershot. We bought our old model and the replacement at Costco.

  38. Jenn says:

    Like 90% of your commenters I have a Canon Power Shot. It’s an older model (hand-me- down from hubby’s parents – score!) and I love the pictures it takes but I LOATH the delay. are there any decently priced cameras that don’t have any delay? Because the delay, it frustrates me. When you have small children, the moment is often over before the camera clicks. Grrrr. Anyway. happy shopping! You KNOW we’re gonna want to see what you got along with a great review and some pictures it took ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. emily says:

    Canon Powershot SX110IS ROCKS!!! It is sort of a cross between a point and shoot and an SLR. Small enough to toss in your purse but lots of great settings.
    My favorite features:
    – 10X optical zoom
    – Really fast pictures taking setting (I don’t know that fancy name for this… but basically you can set it so that you hold the button down and it goes, “click, click, click, click, etc.” and takes pictures really fast. This is a GREAT help with kiddos!
    If you’re taking a single picture with the flash sometimes it takes a bit longer than I would like between pictures, but without the flas out in the sun there is almost no delay at all.
    Happy camera shopping!

  40. Nina says:

    I always read your blog, but I rarely comment. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I have a Sony DSC-H3. I got it a few years ago and absolutely love it. You can set it on auto and it takes wonderful pictures. It also has a thing (don’t know what it’s called), so it’ll “track” faces and keep them in focus (in case your kids are bouncing around while you’re trying to take pictures of them.) It retails for about $400, but you can find slightly used or refurbished ones for less than $200. Good luck choosing a camera!

  41. Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife says:

    The SLR’s are overkill and more complicated to operate. Being a photograph nut I have lots and lots of cameras including some big guns. For ease of use and good results I keep coming back to my Fuji Finepix. The color is outstanding and it’s super simple to use and has some advanced features if you care to use them. What I like most is that it stops action. I have those small credit card size cameras and they’re difficult because you need to hold them perfectly still. The Fuji is larger and looks like a small SLR. Mine is a Finepix S5000 which is now produced under another number S1500, I believe. They’re available for about $200. It’s the best money I’ve ever spent. Oh, it also has a movie mode so you can shoot videos. Mine is 4 years old and keeps on ticking!!!

  42. val says:

    i have the canon powershot sd700, 6 megapixels. it is wonderful. if i spent more i could have gotten more megapixels, but for my purposes i don’t really need that. you only need that if you want to blow the pics up HUGE. it’s small and fast, the two things i wanted.

  43. Ann Voskamp @ Holy Experience says:

    I hear you, Shannon… My camera is just a point and shoot Fuji Finepix — just press the silver buttony thing. ~grin~
    I noticed last week too that Soulemama linked to a blog of a mother daughter duo photo blog and the mama’s shooting with a DSLR and the daughter’s shooting with, yep, a point and shoot Fuji Finepix.
    (Site: “When you give a girl a camera”: )
    My little Fuji too has the sharpest little video feature that reviewers said was as sophisticated as a digital video camera…
    Review for my camera:
    However, I’m not sure how readily available that Fuji finepix 30 is now, Shannon…
    Too, Shannon, checking out the TIPA awards is extremely useful — what point and shoot cameras were awarded the esteemed European TIPA award (photography’s equivalent of the Oscars)…
    and for 2008, the best point and shoot determined by the revered TIPA: Best Compact D-Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500…
    And for 2007: Best Ultra-compact Digital Camera: Fujifilm Finepix Z5fd
    Best Compact Digital Camera: Nikon Coolpix P5000
    The 2009 TIPA awards come out April 17th, so if you wait just a few more days, you’ll see what is the best point and shoot for this year!
    I studied the TIPAs before I bought my Fuji F30, and I really couldn’t be happier with that camera. I trust the TIPA’s selections…
    And for what it’s worth… I think you grab the best snapshots with your words! ~smile~
    Much love, friend…

  44. Just a lass hiking with Jesus says:

    Like the girl two comments above. I bought a fuji finepix S9600. Love it. stops the action. I take soccer photos from across the field and they are in sharp focus… all on AUTO!! it is a 10 megapixel so they don’t get fuzzy when you crop in close and blow them up. It truly is the best money ever spent from my savings. also does video. My photography professor even bought one for him and his wife!! Worth every penny.

  45. Michelle says:

    It’s very saddening how electronics depreciate with the invention of new technology. I purchased one of the first Digital SLR’s out there (Nikon D100) and it now has an issue after 5 years of use and it would cost more to fix it than it’s worth, and it’s only worth 1/3 of what I paid for it in the beginning…sigh…

  46. suzanne says:

    I am in agreement with those who vote for a Canon A95 PowerShot. I have loved it, and Canon DOES have incredible customer service. There was a problem with a few of these models and Canon recently fixed my own both quickly and free of charge…..back to factory specs! I am delighted with mine, and would highly recommend it!
    You might take a look at to see if others have the same camera problem you do; that’s how I found out the Canon would fix mine free!

  47. Melizzard says:

    Last summer I replaced my point and shoot with an Olympus 790 (waterproof and shockproof) and I LOVE IT. You can take with you everywhere because it’s so small and it’s great to have at the pool and the beach or camping. You can actually take underwater pics and movies down to about 10 feet.
    Here’s a shot taken in the pool at the Nick Hotel with it
    As long as the kids are well kids and into all kinds of water – I can’t imagine having anything else. If I lost it tomorrow I would replace it with the same. Runs about $250

  48. Butterbean says:

    We really enjoy our Canon Powershot S5 IS. We don’t even take our video camera with us anymore b/c the video function is awesome. It has a long zoom and all the bells and whistles. But, most of the time, we leave it on automatic or portrait. We’ve also used its predecessor – the Powershot S3 IS.

  49. Leigh says:

    I came here to sing the praises of the Canon PowerShots as well. I have the Canon PowerShot SD750, and I love it love it love it. (I also have the Canon XSi DSLR, which I love in an entirely different way.) I just bought my boyfriend the Canon PowerShot SD790IS, which he loves as well.
    If you can hold out a bit longer, I might recommend the Canon PowerShot D10, which is 12mp, 3x optical zoom, image stabilization, AND AND the best part…it’s SHOCK rated for drops up to 4 feet, waterproof to up to 33 feet, and cold resistant for 14-104 degrees F. (Why, yes, I am looking at the link on Amazon, and can you guys what will be my next camera when the SD750 dies?) It’s not been released yet…I had heard April, but it’s April…

  50. Lizzie says:

    Before I got my Canon SLR I had a Fuji Fine Pix. It was a very nice camera for the money. They’ve updated it since and I’m sure that it’s even better.

  51. Bailey's Leaf says:

    I fall out of the “I purchased it in the last few months” thing, but I can tell you what I purchased, why I purchased it and how I love it.
    We purchased a Kodak Easyshare x650. It has a nice zoom, it has a little bit of a delay AFTER taking the picture (important to know that it isn’t WHILE taking the picture) and we found it at Sam’s Club for 183.00. Hubs purchased a tripod for me last Christmas that has adjustable legs and it is wonderful. It takes great photos and has different settings for museums, snow, children running . . . It is very easy to use and you could always get the photo dock to go with.
    I never did.
    But, important to note that I work in a high end, well known art gallery and we have the exact same camera there. (I purchased mine first.) So, see! It isn’t a bad thing at all!
    Good luck. I hate replacing electronics.

  52. Princess Leia says:

    My old Canon G4 recently stopped recharging, so we bought what was cheap (~$100) at a Circuit City that was closing – and have been regretting it ever since. The Olympus FE-370 is _terrible_! Despite having TWICE the megapixels of my old Canon, the pictures are consistently grainy and dark. The auto shut-off for the display is also too quick, so I often miss pictures because I have to turn it back on.
    Buy a Canon!!!! You may pay a little more, but it’ll be a great camera.

  53. Mandy Adams says:

    I bought a Olympic FE-20 a month ago and absolutely love it! Great picture quality and got a great deal. It is a discontinued model as of recently, so you might be able to find on for cheap. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. jennie keen says:

    I got a used (perfect condition) DSLR for $125 off craigslist because the guy had upgraded and didn’t need it anymore….

  55. D'Anna says:

    I have a Nikon D40 and LOVE it!
    I had a Nikon Coolpix – I think the first one they ever made for MANY years, until I just wanted to take faster pics! It always made great pics!
    I’d go with Nikon – never failed me yet!

  56. Megan says:

    We just bought this – Canon PowerShot SD890IS 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom on Amazon. Was under $200. Have only had it 4 days. Seems great so far!

  57. Meredith from Merchant Ships says:

    I have always used an entry-level Kodak point and shoot, but when the kids dropped it recently, I replaced it with a Sony CyberShot 8 megapixel which was on clearance for $99.
    I like it a lot. It’s very hard to capture kids at full speed with any point-and-shoot, but the color is true.

  58. takemetomaui says:

    Has anyone mentioned the Cannon Powershot?
    That’s what I have and I love it as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine is an A610, but I’ve had it for a few years. There is prolly a more current version that is even better.

  59. km says:

    I love my Cannon G9. It’s sortof between the Coolpix and the SLR types. I’m not sure what modle is available now. Mine is a year old. 12 megapix! Fantastic features! Manual if I want it to be. Doesn’t fit in my pocket, but it fits in my purse. WAY better photos than my Coolpix.

  60. Jody says:

    we have the canon powershot eplh SD1100 IS and we love it–and it is super small which is nice so i can pop it in my purse if needed w/o dragging along a camera bag. and it can do way more that just point and shoot, but i am not technically advanced to get that business so i just point and shoot and it does very well. we bought it for our trip to Ethiopia (in 2 days!!!) to go get our baby girl!

  61. Luke Holzmann says:

    Love me the Canons.
    However, I just got myself a Exilim camera because I wanted something that could shoot quick web videos. And the Exilim even has built-in simple video editing. Woot!
    The Exilim is small and sexy.

  62. Rebecca says:

    Sanyo Xacti. it is small enough for my purse, takes video and photos with tons of storage and is completely waterproof! you can even snorkel with it. It takes wonderful pictures and video. Check out my blog for examples.

  63. Vicki says:

    Looks like the Canon is a sure thing! I’m only commenting because I COMPLETELY agree with the insanity of how many electronics are now worthless once they break. My husband purchased a 36-inch wide screen TV about 6 years ago for $2000 smackers (he was a bachelor at the time…). About 6 mths ago I went to turn it on & it clicked & then died. That was it. GONE. He called a tech place to see about bringing it in to have it looked at & the guy said the same thing – “cheaper to buy a new one than try to fix it!!” Meanwhile we’re still using the 27-inch TV I’ve had for, oh, 20 years & is still in perfectly good condition… go figure.
    So, about 5 years is what we can expect from the quality products they’re hawking at us today. Thankfully the prices continue to drop, but still, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that quality has become an afterthought these days.
    Good luck on your decision! We have a Panasonic Lumix, which is alright, but I will definitely be looking at the Canon’s once my camera gives up for good!

  64. Valerie says:

    I have a cannon powershot… it’s posted on craigslist. It is replaced with a Kodak M863… whatever that is. My husband bought it for me. It takes nice pictures… it’s easy to use. Kodak is much more user friendly than cannon. Plus, the Kodak that I have came in a choice of snazzy colors.

  65. Julie says:

    I have an SLR, but wish I had a Nikon Coolpix. The SLR is just too bulky for me to want to drag out much, and when my 2 yr old sees it he goes into cheesy smile mode. He does that less with a small point and shoot. I got to play with a friend’s cool pix and nearly had to replace it from all the salivating I did. I bought the Nikon SLR to replace a film Nikon I had since the 6th grade. I think Nikon is one of the best brands out there (6th graders don’t take wonderful care of things and I used this camera until almost the end of grad school). I still shoot some b&W with it occasionally. Best of luck!

  66. Valerie says:

    PS… my kodak is easier to carry around, has a bigger screen, better battery (recharchable) and was under $100 (though I think it was bought on sale. maybe)
    Your head is going to be spinning after reading all of these comments!
    Good luck

  67. Julie Gumm says:

    After we got back from picking up our kids in Ethiopia my husband went on the hunt for a new small digital camera (I have a Canon Rebel XT but it’s definitely not “slip in your pocket”. He spent a ton of time researching and ended up with Panasonic DMZ TZ-5. It has an amazing zoom.
    He went back to Africa a few weeks ago and his pictures were awesome. The zoom is amazing!
    For example, look at this picture:
    He took that picture zoomed in, of this:
    He paid $200 for it new on ebay.

  68. elizabeth martin says:

    When our house was broken into and all of our cameras were stolen the first one we replaced was the Cannon Powershot that belonged Moo. Great price, great photos, great camera, and blue:) NOW, I have to tell you, I’ve replaced my camera, too, but I never use it unless I’m shooting in the dark (which is often, hahaha) or when I need zoom, because I use my iPhone ALL THE FREAKIN’TIME!!! I can’t tell you how insanely easy it is to shoot and upload. The photos are great, too. In fact, most of the photos on my fb were shot from my iPhone. I was not happy with Dan Martin when he spent so much money, but that tool has changed my techno-challenged life!!

  69. kn. says:

    I’m a lurker, but I too love my PowerShot. My model is an A560, purchased a year ago, and the upgraded version is the A590IS. Reasonable price, reasonable megapixels, reasonable zoom, reasonable battery life.
    May your search be quick and painless!

  70. Lisa McElroy says:

    We have purchased three Canon Powershots over the last 5 years…1 for ourselves and 2 as gifts. They are excellent.
    For the record we also have a Canon digital SLR, and it works even better…set on automatic…just point and shoot…almost no time delay.

  71. Amber says:

    I’m a professional photographer… which means that I love taking pictures, but not dragging along my giant camera on vacation… so I use the Nikon Coolpix series. They have a little quiz like thing they can do at the store for you to tell you exactly which camera has exactly what you need. Mine even has video capabilities for those times when 203482034 photos won’t do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. JD says:

    As a photographer and photography nut, I strongly recommend Nikon or Canon.
    I much prefer Nikon for DSLR, but I think that for point and shoot, Canon is the way to go. I find Canon Powershot point and shoot digital cameras really user friendly.
    You want:
    Quick power up
    Zoom lens (optical is what counts, not digial zoom)
    Lithium Ion battery & charger (NOT AA!)
    Alas, when I compared the different models side by side for you, none stated that they had a milk pick up service available…

  73. lori says:

    we’ve always had the best of luck with cannon products. they last a long time and take great pictures. we’ve failed miserably with the sony. it died very quickly. hope this helps….

  74. Christine says:

    I see you’ve already got a zillion suggestions…but I’ll add my 2 cents anyway.
    When I was in your very same place – not a big photo buff, mostly pix of kids, easy to use, don’t make me mortgage the house – we went to a very well respected camera store in our area and laid it out for the guy. He didn’t hesitate and recommended the Pentax Optio W60 to me. I LOVE it! It has the added feature of being waterproof, which I didn’t think was going to be that big of a deal until the summertime hit and I get the BEST pool shots, beach pix, you name it. I jumped in the pool last summer with my girls and got such fun shots with them! Mine is 8mp but now it’s up to 10. I highly recommend it!
    My BiL is a HUGE camera guy and for whatever reason, got rid of his SLRs and high end lenses and went with the Fuji FinePix. He spends all kinds of time with the photo editing software to retouch and so forth, but he said the everage picture taker doesn’t need to do that…it’s just a really great camera he said.
    Good luck in your search!

  75. Kristen says:

    So, there have been 8 gazillion comments on here about all this stuff, but I feel that one thing that hasn’t been said (and should be) is regarding the whole megapixel thing… My husband and I are photographers, and we talk all the photo-speak (although mine usually involves pointing out silvery buttony thingies and asking, exactly, what it is that they do again?? :O), but you can’t go wrong with a lot of today’s point and shoots. They’re great. However, don’t let some 16-year-old sales person at the Worst Buy or wherever tell you that you need like 40 billion megapixels on your camera. It’s just not true. For what you want, you’ll only need between 6 and 10 megapixels. Any more than that, and it’s just a waste of money, and also your overall image quality will go down (surprising, huh? I was shocked to find that one out!). I would stick with a camera with 6 or 8 megapixels, which has easily interchangeable memory sticks (some of the Sony’s have specialized memory sticks that are stupidly overpriced and ONLY work with their cameras and software), which can often be bought on websites such as for 1/3 the cost of memory sticks at other places. We recently bought TWO 8 gig cards for $24 TOTAL. And they’re name brand. Cheap!! Best Buy charges nearly $100 for ONE 8 gig card of the same brand. So anyway, just my two cents. Consider Craigslist – you might be able to find something really nice for less money and still under warranty. We’ve gotten a lot of fantastic deals on there. :O) Good luck!

  76. Kristen says:

    Oh, I forgot to say though, the megapixel thing is not necessarily true for SLR’s, just for point and shoots. So if ever you decide to upgrade, then you’ll want more megapixels. :O)

  77. SimplySara says:

    We have a Canon PowerShot S3IS. It takes great pictures, has lots of features (which I haven’t figured out yet)and the best part is it takes FAST pictures. No delay! (very important when you are taking pictures of little ones!)
    Only complaint is that it’s a bit big. I use it at home all the time, but find it to be a bit of a pain to lug it around everywhere we go…
    Not sure how much it retails for, we bought ours with our Airmiles points!
    Woohoo for a “free” camera ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Camera shopping!

  78. kris says:

    I have three Sony Cybershots (h-5, h-9, and a pocket sized one). They are a great learning camera and take beautiful shots. And when you accidentally drop one on teh floor and bust it all to heck, then take it to the repair shop and they send it back to Sony who says they will fix it for “x” amount of dollars, so you say to heck with it and buy a new one, they might accidentally fix the old one anyway – which you don’t have to pay for because you told them not to. Not that I have any *ahem* experience with that.

  79. linda says:

    I suggest an SLR camera. That way when you push the button there is no delay. I missed lots of good baby pictures because of that 1-3 second delay.

  80. Becky says:

    I am a Canon fan through and through. Every Kodak camera I have used is to slow.
    Can I borrow your readers for some recommendations? : ) This is handy.

  81. Dee says:

    The Fuji Finepix….it rocks! Great zoom, and it’s what the guy rec. at the camera store when I backed out of the big fancy-smancy camera (after he pointed out that I was just buying a computer in reality, and I’m thinking…yikes, this big ol’ expensive camera will then be outdated before I walk out of the store). When this Fuji dies, it will be another Fuji. LOVE IT. Two of my friends bought one after I did. They love it — they great shots during trips to Yellowstone and while in Alaska. I just love the zoom and the way it feels in my hands – the stability.

  82. RosieBN says:

    The key to a fast camera is a fast card. Spend the extra money to get an “ultra”, or whatever the high-speed card is.

  83. A&EMom says:

    I’m on the Olympus bandwagon, myself. I have the shock-proof, water-resistant varitey and I LOVE it. It goes to the pool, shoots in the rain and the kids (and husband) can touch it without making my heart race. Also, it has some nice features if you want to get real fancy, but the auto takes great pictures. The delay is nonexistent if you don’t do red-eye reduction and have already focused the shot. Mine’s the Stylus 760.

  84. Jamie says:

    I have had two Canon Power Shots and love, love, LOVE them. The only reason I have had two, is that I bought my first one WAY back when it was cool to have 1 MegaPixel. When baby number two was born a few years back we upgraded to the PowerShot SD600 digital elph. It’s super easy to use. I highly recommend Canon Power Shots, great camera and relatively inexpensive!!

  85. Mandi says:

    I’m mourning the loss of our 5 year old Canon Powershot A75. I used it daily until yesterday and was thrilled to see so many high recommendations for Canon. I loved it and it withstood SO much (4yo dropping it, 2yo tossing it, and even a chomp by the dog!). I’m anxious to see what you end up with!

  86. DW says:

    I have an Olympus, and love it. Let me suggest something …
    What kind of card does your current camera use? Make sure whatever camera you buy uses the same brand. You don’t have to buy new cards .. (and if your old camera’s too dead to allow you to download any photos, you can just pop the old card into the new camera and get them.)

  87. Britney says:

    I had this dilemma about 4 weeks ago. I ended up buying a Sony Cyber Shot (DSC-S950). So far I LOVE it! I had a Sony before, so the features were familiar. I haven’t tested it on action shots yet, but the zoom is great. The reviews I read were very helpful in making my final decision. I payed about $150 for it at Best Buy. The next step up was also available for about $50 more. But I couldn’t justify paying more when this one does what I want it to.

  88. Wendy in VA says:

    We have two Samsung cameras that we LOVE at our house. We did not pay over $150.00 for either of them. My girlfiend has the newest version and loves it!
    Hope you find what you’re looking for!

  89. Jaime says:

    I would echo everyone on the Canon Powershot or Canon Elph. I’ve had both and loved both. The Elph is smaller, but still takes great pictures. Not quite as easy to use as the Powershot, in my opinion. However, it takes video that is comparable to my older model camcorder.

  90. Laura L. says:

    We just bought the Nikon Coolpix P90. Like it a lot so far and it’s easy to use.
    The newest post on my blog (Easter) has pictures we took with it.
    12.1 Megapixels and 24X zoom. Big improvement over our last camera.

  91. Donna@WayMoreHomemade says:

    I haven’t looked at all your comments. Just wanted to add that regardless of what specific camera you decide to get, consider looking on eBay for refurbished cameras. I got a pretty decent Kodak with good zoom and everything (does pretty well for soccer) for not very much. Just lookin’ out for ye ol’ pocket book for ya.

  92. Steff says:

    ok we here at our house have two diff samsung 10.2 mp cameras and I love both of them. as a matter of fact I passed the original on to my husband at christmas because i wanted a slimmer one.
    great pics, easy, stabilization and red eye block….
    and get great soccer pics in the action mode.
    my parents both have Fuji Fine pix in the 8-10 mp range….
    if i had tried my moms fuji i might have considered it along with my Samsung….
    be sure to get one with the rechargeable battery set up

  93. Molly B says:

    I got a Canon Powershot Digital Elph 500 back in 2005, and I still love it. Takes little videos, and great pictures. It can take a beating, and has never broken down on me once. I keep it in my purse and can put it in my pocket if I need to.
    They only run about $200 now, my husband got one for himself because I wouldn’t let him take mine often enough – and if he can’t break it – it’s an awesome piece of engineering!
    Good Luck!

  94. Sarah Hawley says:

    I like the Canon PowerShot Elph, too. I think that the delay is passable, the picture quality is good and the portability is great. And the other commenter is right – CNET reviews are a great place to start. They really run products through the ringer and the writers/reviewers are great. Check out the following link which will let you sort by price, manufacturer, etc.:
    Good luck! –Sarah

  95. Holly Hamann says:

    So nice to have found your blog. I’d like to add one more voice to the thundering crowd in favor of Canon Powershots. I was looking for the same things you were – no delay, takes great pics without a lot of set-up fuss, and portable. My Powershot was less than $200 and I love it.

  96. Karlene says:

    Canon is the way to go. If you don’t want to have a wait between the click and the picture turn off all the sounds. This seems to get everything happening much quicker! Good Luck!

  97. Jennifer says:

    Panasonic Lumix. Mine has a 10x zoom and a great lens. It’s by far the best digital camara I have ever had. (I’ve had both Sony and Olympius models.) The battery last forever, and there is no lag time between pictures (a thing that made me crazy about my last one). It has a great action shot setting that is perfect for moving kids. Combine this with the burst function and you’ve really got something. I also love the high sensitivity setting for taking picture of say the kids on a stage that actually turn out. Love, love, love the 10x zoom. The Lumix comes in less expensiver version than mine, with less zoom. I paid about $350. They also make a non-compact camara that is simply to die for. There are even sunset and fireworks settings that really, really work.

  98. Milehimama says:

    I have a FujiFilm Finepix 805. It has a miniscule delay between button and picture taking, and 3x digital zoom, and 8.3 megapixels although I’ve heard unless you are a serious photographer, anything over 5 or 6 works fine. Also it does video (which my boys have discovered and love.) It has a “motion” setting that is supposed to help stabilize the picture.
    It’s handy, not too complicated for me, and cost under $100 at WalMart.
    BTW – I bought two sets of rechargeable batteries and it was the best thing I ever did for our camera! Well, that and the little nifty card that holds 20 bazillion pictures.

  99. Milehimama says:

    Oops, forgot to add – I had a HP Photosmart before I had the Fuji and it was forever having software problems. My computer hated to “talk” to it, and I even had to buy a card reader because it stopped linking directly. Then the pics started randomly loading onto the card reader oddly and my computer couldn’t download them. I replaced it even though it was still working…
    Definite thumbs down to the HP.

  100. Sandwiched says:

    Once you decide which camera you want, start trolling for it. Great site…tells you what’s on sale, where, and exactly how big a deal it is.
    I’m so addicted.

  101. Gary Szabo says:

    Our new fave is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4.

    We also had our old camera (Pentax Optio 330, circa 2002) die recently, and this modern jewel is great. 10x optical zoom, 8 MP, and got it for just under $200 about a month ago. Thankfully the new 10 MPs came out then, which has made the price pretty sweet!

  102. Christy says:

    Hubs got me a Canon G10 for Christmas/Birthday present. It’s around $400, but it offers many of the same options that an SLR would combined with the ease of a point-and-shoot camera.
    I’m completely in love with it. It takes fantastic shots straight out of the box. It does video also. I’d buy another one if I had it to do over!

  103. Daiquiri says:

    My little point and shoot has been WONderful. It’s small, reliable, great resolution, EASY to use (just leave in the “green” mode), and even has a video feature that I use all the time. It was only a couple of hundred dollars (about 2 years ago). I suppose it’s probably higher res for less $$ now. Just can’t recommend it highly enough – it spends lots of time getting knocked around in my purse and is so handy when I don’t want to lug 4 kids AND my big SLR out onto the soccer field.
    Oh! Almost forgot to tell you what it is!
    Sony Cypber-shot DSC-W100. Not sure if this model is still available, but I definitely recommend the Sony.
    Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. It's a Vivas Thing says:

    I have the Canon Powershot G7…the reviews have been’s the next best thing before you go professional…and it has served me well! I believe the newer version is a G10. I’ve been able to take some pretty amazing pictures, especially action shots of soccer and basketball with full clarity….even catching the ball CLEARLY in mid-air!

  105. jenni at talking hairdryer says:

    I got a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS last fall. I love it! I wanted an SLR, but a photography genius I know talked me into this one.
    My requirements were very similar to yours, and this camera meets all of those and so much more.
    The zoom is great, and it has a special sports mode that lets you shoot action pics. There are also modes to shoot in Black and white, sepia, and black and white with just one color highlighted.
    I love this camera and haven’t regretted the purchase for a minute.

  106. Rachel Gross says:

    My Casio recently gave up the ghost (got dropped at a party). I replaced it with an Olympus that has basically the same features as my Casio, BUT my favorite thing about it is the ability to take panoramic photos that the camera stiches together. I took this photo over the weekend:
    Here is a link to the camera I bought:
    Also, I haven’t tried it yet, but it has a feature where it takes a series of shots rapidly, so if you are like me and sigh when ever anyone makes you stand around to take 5 pictures to be sure there is a good one in the bunch, this solves the problem.

  107. Jennette says:

    We just went thru this last year. With fast-moving kids I wanted something that could take quick pics and was easy to use. I researched and bought a Panasonic Lumix 7.2 LOVE IT!! And it’s pink so I know it’s mine:) I bought it on ebay new for $100 it retailed at the time for about $200. I looked at more expensive models, but this looked like it would do all that I needed. It has this great little feature in the “sports” mode that takes a ton of shots at once when you hold the button down. I am sure there is a fancier name, but works wonderful at soccer games and for fast moving toddlers:) We have been thrilled:) Best of luck in your search!

  108. Mommy, the Human Napkin says:

    I love my Nikon CoolPix L15. It takes great photos, except when my kids refuse to look at me or do something gross like stick a finger up their noses, but that’s not the camera’s fault. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, though, I do love my camera. I get some really clear shots, and the detail is amazing. It does have a slight delay, but nowhere nearly as bad as my old camera (it was a Samsung something). Also, it’s pink.

  109. Anne Marie says:

    I have a Sony CyberShot, and it’s great. As for the delay when you push the button, I discovered (okay, my friend discovered it for me) that there is a feature where it can snap a whole series of photos lickety-split. Pretty cool. I think it takes great pictures, even if I’m the one behind the lens.
    Oh, and did I mention that it’s pink? That is, by far, the best feature!

  110. Rutheee says:

    Canon Powershot ALL THE WAY! Doesn’t matter what number. They Just flat out take good pictures and survive the wilds of my purse. Great video too.

  111. Alyson says:

    I’m chiming in pretty late in the game, but I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ4 and I love it. It takes excellent pictures, has a great zoom, and does great little movies. AND you can zoom WHILE you are taking a movie (not common in a digital camera) – it’s been great for the school performances even from the back of the auditorium.

  112. Lauren says:

    Add me to the group of people who love the Canon Power Shot. It is small, fast, and takes nice quality photos. I got my 8mp version in blue, so it’s cute, too. I think you could get my exact camera for $150 at Amazon right now.

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