Hello, I'm looking for a new digital camera, and was curious if there are any suggestions for my situation. I primarily use my camera while rock and ice climbing, but also for hiking and backpacking, so some action and some scenic shots. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. -Price isn't as big of a concern for me, If I find what I am looking for. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? -I can't deal with an slr sized camera, but the tiny buttons on the real small ones are irritating, weight is a bigger issue, preferably under 8 or so ounces. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? -Not too picky here as long as the picture is good. I've been using a 3.1 meg camera since '03, and so far that has been adequate, so I don't need the lastest 14 or 15 meg cameras. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) -It would be nice to have at least 6x * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) - I would say 8 to 10, the pictures don't have to have massive resolution, but what is there I want to be nice. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? -nope, never use them. It'll never leave the auto position. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? - Primarily action shots while rock and ice climbing, so a zoom with a wide angle on the the low end would be great. Other than that mostly scenic shots while hiking, backpacking, ect. I'm not sure how much the cold affects the digitals made now. My current camera is a digital, and it operates just fine until it's too cold for the batteries to work. That has only happened to me on a few rare occasions though (below 0F) * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? -Biggest print I have ever used was 8x10, mostly smaller. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? -Almost never indoors, but some low light outside. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? -Climbing is not a fast moving activity, but there is often a lot of contrast in the shots Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? -Not picky Are there particular models you already have in mind? -Not really, I've looked at a ton of them, but there's sooooo many! (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) -Wide angle would be great. Image Stabilization would probably take some of my blurry zoom photos back into focus. Weatherproof would be great, but I've never had a problem with that before. It might get a sprinkle or snowflake on it here and there, but never all out wet. It would also be nice to be able to take some short video clips at least at vga and 25 fps, but preferably at 720p (looking at camera's so far, it looks like many have 720p video capablility now). I actually prefer something that uses AA batteries(usually use nimh), but the rechargable packs are ok I guess, so long as extra battery packs are available. Probably one of the biggest things for me is speed. The lag time between shots is a major pet peeve for me. So something that has a fast zoom, focus, and minimal lag between shots is very important. Same for startup and shutdown, the faster the better. I basically want to be able to pull the camera out, fire off a few shots, and quickly stow it back away. Am I asking for too much!?! Thanks in advance for any suggestions.