After extrodinary good experience with the notebookreview.com community, i hope this is also the right place for some good advice concerning cameras. But i will probably one of the guys who should just buy "the ususal one" ... whatever model that is ... Budget 100-200€ (250€ hard limit) Size Common point-and-shoot camera format, not that important. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? 8/12mp are usually ok, but maybe its worth to get more for using downsampling and getting less dependent on the light situation ? (Only worth it, if it's build in) * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Not really sure - should be a versatile vacation shooter, so probable upper standard * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) I'm an amateur, so i will probably see no difference between good and top-notch pictures but they should be fairly good, hence i would rate it to 8. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? No General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Vacations. Probably no videos. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Very rarely, but should be possible. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Will happen and versatility concerning the light situation is my key concern. I want to be able to shoot out of the hand wherever i am. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Rarely, not important. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? No Are there particular models you already have in mind? No (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) As said, i want to be able to shoot out of the hand in nearly all situations so i was thinking about optical image stabilisation (have seen an older model with digital stabilization and was not satisfied). Automatic panorama stitching would also be nice. Weatherproof would be a good, but its not required.