Thanks guys! Yes, I knew about the optical zoom deal, you are so right, they will hide that info in the small print for a sale, rather like they do fixed focus/focus free cameras.
I used to take oodles and oodles of slr pics, but those days are just long gone...LOL!
Okay, so ya'll say you like your Canon, which is great cause that's the one I'm leaning toward. So, which Canon series do you have?
I've also heard great things about the Cybershot...that's the other one that's in the running.
Why, Oh Why do they make so many different ones?! I have a hard time making up my mind with too many things from which to choose
!!!! Then, after going to camera forums and talking to sales people it's kinda like this: :yadda: So, I finally came here to ask ya'll...the people I trust