I don’t think Canon has let me down yet. I bought my first digital camera sometime in 2003, and it was a Canon PowerShot A40 (2MP). This first photo was taken with that camera. I loved that camera, but I found myself not carrying it with me as much as I’d like because it was bulky.
January 2007 came around, and I finally decided to use some of my Christmas gift money to buy a Canon Digital Elph. I went with the Canon PowerShot SD600 6MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom. I don’t think I’ve taken anything earth-shattering, but the second photo – the rose – was taken with my current camera.
Finally, Jordan bought his current camera a few weeks ago. He has the Canon PowerShot SD800 IS 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Image-Stabilized Optical Zoom. He loves the Face-Priority AF mode that “reliably detects faces and focuses on them.”
If you’re wondering about my choice on digital cameras, you can’t go wrong with Canon!
I haven’t tried a Nikon, but I’m sure that camp will boast about their cameras. Personally, I think the first one you get (between Canon and Nikon) is the brand you’ll probably stick to.
If you get a AA battery-powered digital camera, you shouldn’t use standard alkaline batteries. Your camera will eat them up, costing you too much over a long period of time. You need rechargeable batteries that will last and save you money in the long run.
I had two 4-pack sets of Powerex AA batteries that gave me a couple years of awesome service, along with a Maha Powerex MH-C204F battery charger. (That’s now been updated to Maha Powerex MH-C204W, which comes with a 4-pack of Powerex 2700 mAh AA batteries.) I bought this because it was recommended by Imaging-Resource.com.