Totally confused about buying compact camera!
I'm an amateur who is overwhelmed by the choices in digital cameras. I love how my Olympus4040 fits in my purse but isn't so tiny I have to wear my reading glasses to use it. But I'd like a camera without such long shutter lag and I seem to need Image Stabilization. I take mostly people and landscape/travel photos, on automatic setting, sometimes in low light. A wider angle would be nice. My 2 local photo shops urged me to buy the Konica Minolta DiMage Z6, but the reviews I've read seem mixed. Is there another compact camera I should look at? (I never use the video function.) I can spend up to $1000...

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You'd be hard pressed to find a compact digicam as expensive as your budget $1000 takes you into the pro digital SLR territory. So I guess with that kind of money if you don't want a bulky SLR, then it's wise to get the best quality compact that will last years, easy to use and takes great pictures in the right hands. I've just bought the very thing myself a Sony DSC-W17 (7 megapixel - very high quality, as you'd expect from the Sony camp, point-and-shoot simplicity but with room to be more creative with your own adjustments if you prefer, a splended 2.5-inch LCD screen, and I'm over the moon with the photo-quality (I print my own on an Epson inkjet). It's my first digicam. I've been using a big brute of a Pentax film SLR camera for 12 years, but recently finding excuses to 'leave it at home' because, with all the accessories, it was just too much trouble. Even on it's own the camera was still a handful. So I bought this brilliant little Sony and now I can start being a photographer again instead of lugging something around just to look impressive...

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Try Canon powershot a620. It has 7.1 megapixel and it makes real quality pics. The only negative is it has red-eye problems (like all compacts do). But it is one of the best compacts at the moment for a very good price. ________________________________.

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Check out the ricoh caplio r3, it's compact, zoomrange from 28-200mm, ultra fast, 1 cm macro and most importan image stabilisation.

Or you can look at the nikon coolpix p2, excellent image quality, 3x zoom and a big screen. good luck in your search..

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Easiest camera to operate. I want to gift my mother with a digi cam. She is not into tech stuff and so she likes camera which is easiest to use. I am looking at 4-6 MP and between 5x-9x optical zoom camera. Price limit of $500. Any guidance is welcome...

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I just purchased the Fuji finepix V10 camera and am now having second thoughts. I have an old Sony DSC-P7 that I really liked but it is starting to have problems. We mostly take travel pix and grandkids. Is the Fuji V10 okay or should I shop more?..

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