What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? US$ 200-250( Preferably closer to 200) * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Am buying for my girlfriend so I would like it to be handy...but it wd be ok if its not an ultracompact. How many megapixels will suffice for you? 8 MP and above * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) I wd prefer 6 or higher but might have to settle for 4x. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10-This is the most imp...I want a P&S that gives great photos.Also we wd prefer bright colours. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? No General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? She will be using it for taking casual photos ans scenery * 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? Maybe often Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? no Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? Like- Canon, Nikon and Panasonic Hate- Sony Are there particular models you already have in mind? Yup...liked the Canon SX 200 IS( out of my range) and also the SX 110(uses AA batteries so had to cancel it) Have to consider the SD 1200IS as i feel it might give good photos like other SD's Also liked the Panasonic TZ7(ZS3-too costly), TZ6(costly), TZ5(? aged) (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Image Stabilization and if possible Wide Angle.