Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. ~$300-~350? Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Doesn't have to be micro sized, just small enough to squeeze in my purse. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? my current camera has 5.0, and I have no problems with the resolution. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) standard should be ok. I would like the zoom to be optical, not digital and optical blended together. A separate optional digital zoom is ok, I just want to not have to use that as part of the zoom. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) I'd really like higher image quality to be a big factor in the camera. Would prefer ~9 Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I always meant to learn how to use those on my current camera, but 3 years of laziness has taught me, that I probably never will. The standard camera settings have been ok so far. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? I take lots of pictures of my speedy dog indoors and out, as well as plenty of bar/party pictures of friends. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? I've only ever made 1 or 2 larger prints in the past, so not highly important. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Probably. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I currently have a Canon S500, and have liked it(~3 years of being slammed around in my purse are finally taking its toll on image quality). I definitely like Canon, and would prefer one with the same included square battery that I have several extras of already. Are there particular models you already have in mind? I've looked at the SD800 and SD850, but am open to other good suggestions, even non-Canon if there's a better camera. (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Image Stabilization would be nice, since I don't always have a steady hand. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!