Hey guys, I'm currently in the market for a new digital camera. I've owned the old Canon Digital ELPH SD400 4Megapixel (2004) and loved it for the size, manual controls (which i didn't use often), and the fact that it had dials so I did not need to go through menus. After that started malfunctioning, I inherited my dads Casio Exilim Z60 6 Megapixel. It was a small camera that was very fast. I liked it, except for the fact that my old SD400 tool pictures with more detail and better colour. I then took my dads Canon Powershot A700 6Megapixel. It reminded me so much of the SD400 that I loved. I loved having the manual dial again, but the size was just too much for my pocket. I ended up being reluctant to take it anywhere with me, even though I really liked the pictures. Now I'm going to china and want a camera that I will WANT to carry around and use. so here goes.. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. - Approximately $300 CAD. But if the camera is good, I will spend more. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? - Compact or Ultra-Compact. I'm looking for something that will fit in the pocket. Features * How many megapixels will suffice for you? - Even 4 MP was good enough for me. I don't care about the number of megapixels. I DO CARE ABOUT DETAIL and QUALITY. I found it horrendous that the SD400 took pictures with more detail and clarity than the Exilim z60 when I zoomed in on them in the computer. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) - Optical Zoom of 3X, but 4X of 5X is good too. If its a good camera with a good lenz I would rather just crop it. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) - Image Quality is high on the list. * Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? - I do, but I find that most of the times I don't use them that much. But always good to have. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? - Mostly to take pictures of people, scenery and touristy things. Night shots or shots in bars and clubs. fast flash cycle times would be preferable. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? - Most likely not more than A4 sized paper. * Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? - it will happen, but probably not "lots". * Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? - I like to. fast camera cycle times are good. Miscellaneous *Are there particular brands you like or hate? - I'm very much used to Canon cameras and was looking at the IXUS line. But the new SD890 IS seemed big, and a little expensive, and lacked 720p video. Are there particular models you already have in mind? - SD1100 IS, SD770 IS, etc., Panasonic Lumix FX20, FS-35 (i like the 720p video and wide angle) (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) - I want Optical Image Stabilization, not a fan of bumping ISO up. - I need a camera that uses SD cards, I have a bunch and would rather keep using them. - would like video recording that does not result in a ridiculously large filesize (ie, some sort of compression) - I am a fan of manual controls, like using dials. ie, to switch between, camera, videos, playback, scene/manual mode - I like the CHDK program for Canon that hacks the firmware to enable more options. - After using a couple of Canons i NEED to have a battery meter in the camera - International warranty is definitely a plus. any suggestion are greatly appreciated. TIA!