I bought a camera
I just wanted to thank everyone here for your input in the camera purchase. I was able to take your advice, advice from friends and research some websites and find a camera that I am happy with.
It is a Canon PowerShot A1000 IS.
It is 10 MP, 4x optical zoom, has a viewfinder, red eye reduction, image stabilizer and a host of other options I am learning about.
It is small, the screen is big. It does take AA batteries. I ended up leaving that decision to what camera I found with the options I wanted for what price.
It seems like a great little camera. I'll be able to use it tonight at a party!
I ended up chickening out on the online purchase just because I wanted to be able to hold it and see it in person and ask questions.
I did get it at Wal-Mart. Price was $179.
I was amazed at the number of cameras (and higher priced ones too) that did not have viewfinders. I have used friends' cameras that don't, the sun does make it hard to see the screen sometimes.
Given that I have a horse and friends with horses and I like to camp, canoe, etc, I thought I'd better have a viewfinder. I am outside a lot in the summer.
Anyway, thanks again for everyone's opinions and input!
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