Are you looking for a new camera? With all of the choices that are out there now, it can be really confusing to choose the right one for you. Owning several cameras of my own, I know that each one serves a certain purpose for me. Being that most of you are parents though, I'm thinking you're going to be looking for a camera that can take decent pictures and has a quick response time. There's nothing worse than trying to take a picture of your kid doing something adorable and finding the camera has a 4-5 second delay between the time you press the button and the time it actually takes the picture. I know a lot of people who have pictures of the sides of their kid's head or a picture that's just a streak from your kid running out of frame.
To prevent this, look for a camera with a fast refresh time. Most of the new cameras are better at this than they used to be. For instance, I bought my mom a new Kodak Easy Share and it is a vast improvement over her older one. It was fairly affordable too. Plus, it fits her older Easy Share printer. You really need to think about what your needs are in a camera before thinking about which type of camera to buy. Do you need something that is fairly simple to operate? What a camera that will dock into a printer and print the pictures instantly? Do you need a small lightweight camera that can fit in your pocket and go just about anywhere? Or are you looking to get into the digital SLR field but still want the capability of putting the camera on auto pilot?
Once you decide what you need, then you can decide what brand you want. Do you already have a certain brand of camera that you are happy with? Are the lens, memory cards or printer interchangeable? Are you happy with that brand? If you like the look and feel of your current camera, then I'd recommend sticking with the same brand but upgrading to a newer model with more capabilities. If you are looking for a solid digital SLR to start with, I'd personally recommend the Canon Reel XTI. They recently came out with the newer Rebel XSI, so you can pick up the XTI for a great price. It's controls are easy enough to understand if it's your first SLR and it has enough capabilities and megapixels to take some really amazing photos.
If you are looking for a review on ANY camera, this is a good website: http://www.dpreview.com/
If you are particularly pleased with the camera you have and want to share or want a specific opinion from me on a certain camera, email me and I'll share it in a future newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org