People often ask me for advice on buying high-end camera equipment, and my advice is always the same: “Heck if I know. Ask my husband.” I’m useful, that way.
Fortunately, when it comes to Photography For Dummies, I’m your girl. I’m all about the point-n-click, not the least of which because it’s a lot cheaper. But there are varying levels of equipment even at the lower end, so there are still choices to be made, obviously.
This morning I see that the Canon PowerShot A570IS is down to $153.76 at Amazon. This price includes a credit towards a memory card and a code for a free photo calendar at Shutterfly. In terms of point-n-click, this is an excellent choice, because it has decent zoom for a small camera and image stabilization. And the reviews are awesome.
Of course, what I really recommend is marrying a photographer. (It worked for me!) But this is probably a lot less work.