Hi All, I am beginner but ready to learn photography for best shots. Currently looking for point & shoot camera with below requirements. I have looked on reviews on various sites and with confused mind landed here. Can you please suggest some.. Budget : Under $500 Size: Compact Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? 12 * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Min 5x. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 9/10 Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? No idea. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? On tours( pics of Nature beauty), hangouts, Parties etc. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Nope Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Nope Miscellaneous Good Build Quality Less Shutter lag(to avoid blur for pics taken while moving). HD Video Appreciate ur Help.. Thanks, Pavan.