Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. Budget would be about 350 or less. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? As small as possible for the features that I need. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? 7 and up * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) standard would be fine * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) image quality is the most important. 10! Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? It would be nice to have the option. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? I would be using them to take pictures of my college life...while Iam at football games, at a club, at a friend's house etc... I just need it to do what I want it to do. Also it would be nice if it takes good pics while in the dark without the flash if possible... that might be hard but I want to see if its possible. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Not really but it would be nice. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? yes alot. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? yes i will...currently my SD500 is having trouble taking pics and is having a lot of blurry pics being taken while at a football game and even at a concert where lighting is low and flash is not permitted. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? Nope, Iam open to anything that performs well Are there particular models you already have in mind? I have the Canon SD850IS in mind and the Sony camera that is at the top of the most popular boards atm...Right now the Canon SD870IS is standing out right now. Anything in particular about this model that might lead to me getting this one instead of others? (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) The Image stabilization would be nice, the rotating LCD would be nice as well. wide angle is also nice but not necessary.