Dear folks, I am asking this on behalf of a friend which is going to shop a P&S camera. I will answer the questionaire: Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. Max 250 EUR * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Better to be small but not really an issue Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? maximum an A4 print. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) I think he does not need more than 15x for sure. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) Good overall but not too peaky at all. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Yes. He needs all the features to learn General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Outdoor, indoor * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? No Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Occasionally Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? I don't think so Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? No Are there particular models you already have in mind? he has seen an hx200. Infact the seller has recommended this to him. Can be biased (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Only IS. Rotating LCD is a bonus. Definitely not hotshoe and Weatherproof. He seems to be interested to learn photography, so as long as he has access to manual settings he will be happy. I think even if he can find something cheaper with the requirements mentioned it would be very good option, since he can invest some possibly on tripod or good books. I did not have good idea about 4/3 if he can also consider that or not. Answers as always are appreciated.