Hey everyone. I've recently decided that I want a digital camera, but I don't know where to start. First of all, which brands are good? Here's what I'm looking for:
-Takes good pics (obvious)
-Is pretty compact
-Good battery life (this is very important, as our family digicam SUCKS in this area)
-At least some optical zoom
-CF memory slot
I've heard good things about Sony and Nikon, and I like the flip-out iris of the the Nikon Coolpix (2500, I believe).
So basically, if you've got a digicam and some time, please tell me about it. What model and megapixels, memory type and battery type. Also, if you've got any recommendations, that'd be cool too.
My price range is between 250 and 300 dollars.