Ok, so I recently bought a Camera, the Kodak P850 which is a 5.1 megapixel camera with 12X optical zoom and image stabilizer. seen here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...kodak_p850.asp
I am a total camera n00b and have been playing around with it a bit. It does not have detachable lenses so that kinda sucks, but I couldn't afford one that did. This Camera ran me $430 with tax. It takes pretty good pictures, but honestly, not as good as I expected. When just taking standard pictures and not playing with the zoom it looks like any other digital camera. When I zoom in it has zooms in a pretty decent amount and takes cool pics, but the problem is that it is only in focus like 40% of the time and I am not really sure how to use it and make it look really good.
So that brings me to the next thing. The camera is kinda big, and a can be a paint to lug around. So I am thinking of returning it for something cheaper and smaller. I was thinking something like the Canon A610 seen here http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...A610A.HTM#test
I spoke with a friend who knows about camera's and he said the canon powershot is actually an all around better camera. Not to mention it costs only $240 as compared to my Kodak which ran me over $400.
The only thing is that the Canon powershot A610 does not have as good of zoom (only 4X as opposed to my 12X Kodak). Also the Canon is a much smaller design and would be easier for me to carry around when I go out and travel and such.
So basically, am I better off just getting the A610 powershot Canon and saving nearly $200 over my Kodak? Two people I asked that know about camera's said def. yes. Just asking your guys' opinion though.