Originally posted by David O'Meara:
I'm not a great photographer so I wouldn't get one for myself without the image stabilisation [= IS,].
Good advice. I have no expirience in photographing, but I consider myself
Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
If you are looking to do large-sized scenic shots as you see in glossy wall posters etc, you need more serious gear than the compacts. ...
I guess you should consider what type of photos you are most likely to take with the new camera, and look for features that best suits your specific demands.
A) Are you primarily taking photos of friends and family?.. If so, a 2x or 3x zoom should be plenty.
B) Looking for photos of outdoor scenery/ architectural elements in a cityscape?.. A 5x+ zoom can help you take pictures from further away without sacrificing detail.
C) Interested in taking photos of wildlife where you need to stand back to avoid scaring animals away, at sporting events where you may be situated in third level seating..? That 7x+ zoom may be needed to get the photos you want.