Well, today I went out and bought a new digital camera. It's amazing. Although the one I received 5 years ago is still a fabulous camera, it just didn't have all that I would like from a camera, plus I've now spotted a 3rd burnt pixel (gasp!). This new one has 10x optical zoom. It is 7.1 MP, which is a bit much, but hey, now I can do prints at 8x10 or larger, should I choose (I'm sure I will). It also has digital image stabilization, no more blurry pictures!!! Also, and here's a fabulous selling feature, it will take up to 630 pictures per set of batteries/ rechargable batteries' life. Now, it does take 4 batteries, but that is hardly an issue for me, since the old one took 4 as well. It also has tons of preset scene modes and the ability for me to maually set aperature and shutter speed (once I figure out the situations in which I should be doing that). Like I said, it's amazing. I love photographing pretty much anything, so here's a a shot of my first experimenting with the super macro. This is a plant in our livingroom (it's from South America, like most of our plants...). It's located in front of a decorative screen. I am definitely going to be having a lot of fun with this new toy!
Sorry, I totally failed to mention the make and all that jazz (thanks Susan!!). I got an Olympus SP-510UZ. Our film camera was one, as is my older 2.0MP camera, so we just kept with that brand. We've had pretty good luck with Olympus, and this one just happened to have all the things on my checklist ( at least 5x optical zoom, a viewfinder AND an LCD screen, long battery power, digital image stabilization, turbo shooting, manual and automatic setting, and more!). If you're interested in this particular model or others by Olympus, here's a link to the website where you can check it out: Olympus SP-510UZ . Obviously, I am not affiliated with this company, just a satisfied customer of past and present cameras.