My favorite all round digital camera is a Canon PowerShot. It has a unique image stabilizer feature (I believe it uses a tiny gyroscope that helps guard against camera shake). This is helpful in low light or when using telephoto without a tripod and without flash. Other specifications include: 3.2 megapixels (makes good 8x10 prints), 10x optical zoom, auto and manual focus, program and manual exposure, ISO range 50-400, 4 AA batteries, self-timer, movie mode with sound. After taking a picture, I can enlarge it and verify that it is sharp. I can also preview the histogram to check the exposure tonal range included. It uses a compact flash memory card to save files. I use a $20 USB card reader made by PNY to move pictures to computer. This camera is available on the Internet for under $250. I also have a 6.2 megapixel camera, but it is bulky and I only use it for photos that need to be gallery quality larger than 5x7 inches.