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Santa brought me a Canon PowerShot SX160 and I love it. I have several point & shoot digital cameras but this one is really good for avoiding red eye and stop action since Bentley never stops moving.
It's also quite fast, my other cameras seem to take too long in between shots. This one also uses an SD card so it's compatible with all PC's.

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Thanks all.. I am really a dummy as far a digital cameras. My daughter has a 6.1 MP and it takes very good photos. Is a 16 MP better or worse. I don't know whether more or less MP is better. Told you I didn't know anything. In my reasearch I read you want optical zoom? How big is an 8GB SD card? Also read you want a camera that has recharable batteries. There you have it. Dummy Dummy Dummy in my corner.
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Thanks all.. I am really a dummy as far a digital cameras. My daughter has a 6.1 MP and it takes very good photos. Is a 16 MP better or worse. I don't know whether more or less MP is better. Told you I didn't know anything. In my reasearch I read you want optical zoom? How big is an 8GB SD card? Also read you want a camera that has recharable batteries. There you have it. Dummy Dummy Dummy in my corner.
The more MP the better, especially if you plan on really cropping photos or printing out large copies of your photos. If not, you can go for less. I don't think I'd go under 12 MP but it is a personal preference. An 8GB SD card is okay provided you upload your photos often and not just leave them all on your camera. I personally use a 32GB SD card, but I shoot in RAW and those are big files (you won't have to worry about that). I agree with the others that a Canon PowerShot is a great camera (has a rechargeable battery). I had one but I sold it. I prefer my Canon 60D and "collection" of lenses.

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The more MP the better, especially if you plan on printing out large copies of your photos. If not, you can go for less. I don't think I'd go under 12 MP but it is a personal preference. An 8GB SD card is okay provided you upload your photos often and not just leave them all on your camera. I personally use a 32GB SD card, but I shoot in RAW and those are big files (you won't have to worry about that). I agree with the others that a Canon PowerShot is a great camera (has a rechargeable battery). I had one but I sold it. I prefer my Canon 60D and "collection" of lenses.
Thank you .. I am going to look at the Canon power shot tomorrow. If I am right you can delete photos that are not so good and reuse that space? If old dogs can learn new tricks so can this old woman I guess.
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Thank you .. I am going to look at the Canon power shot tomorrow. If I am right you can delete photos that are not so good and reuse that space? If old dogs can learn new tricks so can this old woman I guess.
Yup you can delete the bad photos off the camera.

It's fun learning how to use something new.
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More MP is generally better, but you do hit a certain point where going up any farther is sort of pointless and the quality of the glass and the size of the image sensor in the camera matter much more. Even 12MP might be overkill in a small, simple camera with a small sensor and lens. More MP means you can crop without creating digital graininess, but the analog sharpness has to be there in the photo or you just get blur instead of digital artifacts.

In a DSLR with a full frame sensor, it make sense to have 18MP or even 22, since major crops will still look good.

ssacres, do you have a local independent camera store? That would be where I'd go, because they'll sit there with you and answer all your questions patiently. You might spend slightly more than you would bargain shopping online, but you'll get a lot more for your money if you have somebody to answer questions and teach you a little bit.
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You can pick up a Canon powershot for a reasonable price and they all take great photos. I've had a few over the years and all are reliable and good.

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Thank you .. I am going to look at the Canon power shot tomorrow. If I am right you can delete photos that are not so good and reuse that space? If old dogs can learn new tricks so can this old woman I guess.
As a tech geek my advice would be to know your budget before you go in. Cameras are pretty much the same across the same price ranges $50-100, $100-150, $150-200, etc. Tell the store salesperson you want something simple to use. The camera should have a removable media card (SD, Mini or Micro SD are popular). Removable media makes it much easier to transfer to any computer and you can find extra cards most anywhere (even a super market). Get as many MP (megapixels) as your budget allows. The higher the MP the better the shot. Most cameras have auto focus on them, but a camera with a "mode selector" is easier to use. just choose the mode; portrait, scene, day, night, group, beach, etc.

Canon, Sony, Fuji, Samsung and Panasonic are all reliable cameras. My favorite budget cameras are the Sony Cyber Shot and the Canon Powershot.

Once again it is all about your budget. Cheap to someone is expensive to another and visa-versa. Just remember how much you want to spend and go from there.

Once you do your shopping, either buy there or go to Amazon. You may find the same camera for less there. If not, head back to the store.

Buying a camera is fun....hope you can find the right one for you.


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Thanks again for all the advice. I am going today to look. I need pictures of my growing beautiful girl Mia.
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Still learning but is 5X optical zoom good? I just want to do pictures of my pups. That being said I want good pictures. I do not have much money to spend. I always took 35 mm with a good camera.
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