Might be an idea to pop in WH Smith and look at some of the magazines. One thing to watch out for though, they will slate some camera's for not having enough or certain features yet you would probably never use any of them anyway. I never switch mine to manual, although the night settings are very good. How they rate picture quality is the most important thing.
depends what you want from your camera - more to the point what you expect from it and what quality you are used to.
If you are used to using a decent 35mm SLR for large (above 10x8) prints then most digital cameras won't cut the mustard until you start spending big bucks.
Don't buy anything below 3 megapixels that realistically should be the entry level they will print up to 10x8 with no real loss of quality.
Do you want/need a camera with full manual control - that was certainly an issue when we bought ours. does the camera have a good metering system (how it measures the light) and can you select the metering mode? - average metering across the whole sensor is OK but some form of "matrix metering" and "spot metering" will get better results in some conditions.
does the camera have a good zoom range? don't count the digital zoom figure look purely at the optical zoom range. digital zoom is nothing more than enlarging the image on your screen - it very quickly breaks up whereas optical zoom actually moves the lens without any loss of quality.
there are lots of possible solutions and at the end of the day it's personal preference. When i bought my digicam I looked for what I considered to be the best all round camera and ended up with a Nikon Coolpix 995. I'm still using it and it's an amazing piece of kit.
When you are buying - don't be afraid to haggle in the camera shop - particularly on discontinued models (or those about to be discontinued) the camera shops have a large(ish) profit margin and the manufacturers will discount towards the end of production. I got a discount of £350 on my 995 - redused from £750 to £400 6 months before Nikon released the 4500. Check the japanese market - they get the new models about 6 months before us, then head off down to your camera shop armed with all the prices you can find off the internet - Jessops will price match any .co.uk web site advertised prices and any UK .com as long as they have the camera in stock.
Buy second hand - there are always the "gadget boys" who buy the latest technology whether they need it or not so there are plenty of used bargains around - before buying an older camera make sure it's still supported by the manufacturer. Ebay is good for this. Don't be fooled by import cameras particularly from the US the warranty is void for eurtope with many of the manufacturers - there are usually cosmetic differences between models released for the 2 markets.
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Mine is a Konica kd 400z, 4.1 mega pixel,smashing camera, very good photos and they print off well too as long as you have a photo printer. it has 3 resolution settings and takes all cards of all sizes, its body made of metal not plastic, can't recommend it enough.
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Nope , no regrets . Great wee camera . Batteries don't last very long when you are taking 3 megapixel pictures with the flash on red eye ( 4 flashes) It takes compact flash which is nice and cheap on expansys I got 256 meg for about 40. The camera can take up to 1GB in it. At 2 MP the camera can take about 400 shots on the 256 card which is handy. Great wee camera.:bannana: :bannana: