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Point & Shoot Cameras
These are only examples listed on 11/24/11 here at in the desert. These models will be upgraded and some discontinued. Shown only to clarify the different types of cameras available. There are just too many to show them all here, or to give recommendations for different manufacturer's types. If your concerned about service and warranty then our suggestion is to stay with the major brands. The major brands like Nikon, Canon, and Sony will have more features and will upgrade the cameras features more often through firmware upgrades.
Point and shoot cameras have several good points. One they are usually smaller and easier to carry around all day. There is not much chance of getting dust on a sensor as the lens is fixed to the camera body. It also requires a smaller camera bag. Often they have long range zooms, which would be very expensive in a D-SLR camera.
Micro Four Thirds
These camera are smaller than D-SLR's but bigger than most P&S cameras. They have inter-changeable lenses. The number of lenses and quality of lenses is not as good as the full sized cameras. They have good resolution and good image quality. There are quite a few cameras in this group from Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, and Olympus.
Amazon has an amazingly large supply of different digital cameras at great prices. For your convenience you can continue your search at Amazon's store right here.
True P&S cameras the Canon S95 and the Panasonic LX5 both sport excellent image quality and small size. And even smaller pocket sized cameras are now available.
Super zooms - the Canon SX40 HS sports a 35X zoom with a 12.1 megapixel sensor. The Nikon sports a 21X zoom and 14 megapixel sensor. These will not fit in your pocket but have outstanding lenses with a long reach.
At this time Sony's NEX 5N is highly rated along with the Panasonic GH2. Nikon also just came out with two new models that fit this category.
D-SLR, Digital-Single Lens Reflex
First up is the Nikon D5100, with a 16.2 megapixel sensor and flip our LCD. Great image quality, good high ISO photos and just about everything you need in a good medium quality D-SLR. Nikon always has good quality lenses available for their SLR cameras.
Canon Rebel T3i (600D) is a great 18 megapixel medium priced camera for those wanting to get an SLR camera, or just wanting a camera with a lot of features and more than enough lenses.
Canon's supply of lenses leaves little to be desired. From inexpensive to very expensive, they have what you need.
Of course we left a lot of camera/lens combinations out. Other sizes and formats are available from professional cameras down to small point & shoot cameras. For more detailed info on cameras please visit one of the many Review sites on the web.
Amazon Store, Digital Cameras