I have been contemplating buying a new camera for a long time now. I have read about what different cameras do and don't do, and asked everyone I know what kind they have and if they like it, etc. I finally became so overwhelmed at trying to pick one...I just went with a Sony Cybershot for around $200.
It has a 25 mm wide angle lens and an optical zoom 10x with a panorama and a HD movie feature.
I went outside and tried it out...while we had a brief moment of dry weather. I am pretty happy with it.
I think one of my favorite features is going to be the zoom. I took the one of the cat in our gully from a distance and I think it turned out great. It also has smart auto, which for me will be a big plus. I used to try to use the different settings on my other cameras and did not have all that much luck with them. Tomorrow I will get to try out the movie part with the babies having their Easter fun. Have a wonderful Easter!