All right folks, I'm beginning to search for a new camera. I currently have a Kodak Easyshare V550. It's a sturdy little thing, having survived a near death experience atop a mountain in Petra, Jordan and never having its own camera case, but truth be told I'm over it. It's time to put the Kodak out to pasture and broaden my horizons.
I'm looking for a good deal and something for a more experienced user. I'm definitely not even up to the level of amateur photographer. (I consider myself a "picture taker" still, not photographer.) And I don't want another Kodak or Sony.
I'm open to suggestions! If you have a camera that rocks and you'd like to recommend it, let me know!