I got a new camera! I’ve had it for about a week and I love it. I ended up buying the Canon SD450. It’s about the size and weight of the Panasonic I was looking at but without the extra zoom (it has 3x zoom) and with a viewfinder. Now that I have it, I realize that with such a nice screen on the back, I’m not likely to ever use the viewfinder. So next time I don’t think I’ll make a viewfinder a requirement – that way I could have gotten more zooming power.
What’s nice about having a Canon is that all the menus and buttons work pretty much like my old Canon so it was really easy to get up and running.
If you are interested in how long it takes digital cameras to actually take a picture (remember I was looking for a camera that took the picture when I hit the button, not 5 seconds later), CNET has the best reviews. Click on Review and then on Performance. Remember to check how long the camera takes to come on, how long it takes to take a picture without the flash and how long it takes to take a picture with the flash. (A friend of mine has a little Fujifilm and he’s really proud of how fast it turns on and takes a picture, but if you use the flash, it’s really slow.)