I've clearly been spending too little time on the forums since today is the first time I saw this thread. I've always liked the Canon A-series point and shoot cameras and have had three of them over the years. One of the things that I liked about them was they all had optical viewfinders which is definitely useful for outdoor photography. The one that I have now (got it about a year ago) is the SX-130is and it's my favorite one to date. It doesn't have the optical viewfinder but the LCD is very bright and works well outdoors. The thing I love about it is that it has a long zoom (12x) with optical image stabilization. This is great for a small P&S. It also has a full range of manual controls for when you want them but works very well in full auto. There are lots of good choices in P&S cameras these days and I'm sure that the ones that others have suggested are equally worth considering. Always good to get first hand opinions from people that you know. Good luck with whatever you decide on. We'll be looking forward to seeing the pictures!
Depends what you want from a camera. If you want a backpacking Camera, your popular Point-N-Shoots, Canon or Nikon work just fine. If you want something more, I'm afraid your selection of gear might just leave you wanting more and you'll find yourself buying a more advanced camera in a matter of months if not weeks. I tell people to go big. I'm not a Nikon guy, so when I say go big, I mean a Canon 7D or 5D MK II. Not certain what the Nikon equivalents are.
Good luck. I'm here for you if you need any more advise.
The USO photographer going with the Wreaths Across America has a very slick camera. Let me see which one it is ...
The USO photographer with Wreaths Across America used to be a DSLR camera guy till he got a new point and shoot. It is all he uses now.
Joseph Andrew Lee: I never thought I'd say this, but I'm absolutely in love with this little point-n-shoot. It's a Sony (of all things) Cyber-Shot "G" Exmor R - Model DSC-HX9V
The way is does panorama shots is slick. You do not take individual pictures. You move the camera from left to right and it is done. Does 3D shots. Is 16.2 megapixels. His photos have been excellent.
Thanks Brad, this does look like a great little camera, http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ll_Camera.html.
I have a Sony Cybershot now and it annoys me, but this one has a lot of promises.
Originally Posted by KathyC
If I could afford it I would have the Sony-Cybershot DSC-HX100V in my hands right now.I swear by Sony the way Mark T likes his Canons.I have 3 Sony Cybershots now and would not hesitate to get a fourth.(Just so you know) when I did 35mm photography I had Canon and Nikon SLRs but since going digital I wouldn't trade my Sonys for anything!Just takes time to learn all the controls and modes well.:)
The USO photographer has several DSLRs. But, for a week long engagement to take photos in all sorts of conditions he only took the Sony. And he was pushing me hard to ditch the big DSLR because the features of this camera were so great.