So, you are now looking for the digital camera that you can bring it everywhere with good value for money. Due to the frequent coming of newer models and high competition among brands, digital camera price drops very fast after short period of launching.
Newer models always coming with more cool stuffs, minor changes, new features, and new functionality. However, those are unnecessary changes that just a feature mix created from clever marketers in order to sell more. The fact is, the core performance of the digital camera itself doesn't change much, maybe 1-3%. Will you pay more like $100 for 3% more performance? If I were you, I won't.
Typical digital camera consumers like you and me doesn't really care much about those “side-dish” never-been-used functionality in TV commercials. We only care about the major functions and the cost of it. The best digital camera for us is the one that can do what we want it to do. It should be the one that has high enough mega pixels, good enough lens, solid constructions, big enough buttons, and easy to use. The package should come with big enough memory card, a charger, battery, cable, warranty card, and all the documents.
These digital camera products nowadays are good enough for everybody. Any resolution above 8 Mega Pixel should give you a crispy clear photo that can be printed full-sized on 8″ x 10″ paper. It should be enough. Look on the other hand, the higher the resolution, the more space it used to store the photo, and the less number of photos in the memory card. My own DSLR camera is just only 6 mega pixel and it is just enough for me. Therefore, 8 Mega Pixel is enough for everybody.
Memory card is the second important factor. It doesn't matter what type of card: Compact Flash, SD Card, Memory Card, xD card, all of them are good and works without any problem. You should consider only size of it. Anything above 1-2 Giga Bytes is more than enough. You can take about 700-1000 photos with 2 GB memory card depending on the resolution you use.
I would recommend you to stick with global leader brands such as Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic, Casio, and Olympus. Don't go for the unknown brands. You need to have a world-wide service center in order to maintenance it after purchase. Don't buy cheap stuffs from low trust websites. Sometimes they give you the badly refurbished one and don't do refund nor answer your email/call.
The recommended cameras line are:
- Canon Powershot
- Fuji Finepix
- Casio Exilim
- Olympus Stylus
- Panasonic Lumix