Im an amatuer photographer and I finally decided to get a digital camera now that Im going to Virginia Maryland Jersey and NY over summer because I dont want to take my SLR and be burdened. Im going to take pictures for my photo class mostly. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. 450-500 not including memory cards and all that Size* What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Something I can take on trips with me not too bulky like a DSLR, it doesn’t have to be pocket size FeaturesHow many megapixels will suffice for you? 8-12 * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Id like to have ultra zoom no digital zoom but standard is just fine * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10 Do you care for manual controls? yes General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Shots in my little ghetto room studio and outdoor shots of people and sights * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? yes up to 16 by 11.5 Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? I will probably use it for family pics but mainly for the stated above Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? rarely Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? no Are there particular models you already have in mind? DSC N1 (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) I don’t really know I’m mainly more concerned with the things above if it has one of these bonuses great I just don’t know what the last two are and for wide angle I dont know if that would be a permanent wide angle on the camera so I’m not to sure about that.