It's worth noting its rivals from Canon and Panasonic zoom out a little wider to deliver greater coverage, while the Canon also actually out-reaches it a little at the telephoto end too
I had an older version of the Sony mentioned in the original post. It was a great camera. I even used it in some professional settings, shooting images of local events for newspapers and such. Worked fine for that sort of thing.
The Canon G series is a great camera and it shoots Raw. I think the latest one is the G12, but if budget is an issue you could get a cheaper G10 or G11 that would still be great cameras for the money.
Sony Cyber Shot is a well known famous camera and is my personal favorite..It has tremendous features and have great picture quality..
According to post #18, it appears that polyhedra purchased a camera.
Thanks to all for your input.
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