Jamie said... > ... take a look at the Canon PowerShot series. I have the > A40, with 2M pixels and find it great for in the > garden... All my most recent pictures at http://www.oxalis.50megs.com/ have been taken using an A40 I find it an excellent camera for general use. They (or more recent equivalents) are very reasonably priced for their features, mine was something like US$300 a year ago but should be cheaper now. If you turn the camera on, point it at something and push the button, you'll get a photo - which is encouraging when you're starting out. Using the macro and zoom (but still on automatic) I get some good flower photos. In manual mode there are plenty of things to play around with if you have the time and/or inclination. Of course, there are many good cameras on the market these days, I've used Nikon CoolPix 950s a lot and found them excellent too (although significantly more expensive at the time). I've seen some truely excellent flower photos taken with Ricoh cameras too. I still like my Canon, all things considered. Andrew, in NZ.