Since there's a few camera pro's here and quite a few weekend shutter bugs, thought I'd ask for some advice for a new camera's features and possible recommendations/suggestions for particular brands or model of camera's. The current digi camera is close to 4 years old, and only a 1.3 MPixel (my mobile phone has that) .. so it's obviously I'm no pro. But it's time to upgrade, and get something better. My thoughts/feature list... Budget: Around $300ish .. happy to consider extending a little more if it means a big step-up in features/usability or future-proofing. (eg. entry level SLR) MPixel: 6 or higher - so I can blow-up some pics and frame if really like them Data: SD Card for compatibility with other devices (or does this not matter, since you generally just leave it in/with the camera anyways) Zoom: Optical of around 6? I know optical is better than digital, so the more optical zoom the better. Speed: 1 sec or better between readiness for shots. What are the good sites for reviews and buying guides for digital camera's? Is eBay a good place to save a few $ dollars, or do they only have shitty/crap camera's? Any ebay sellers specialising in digi camera's recommended? Or is it best pricing to just go retail (eg. Ted's) for warranty , etc. because the difference between them (eg. eBay) and retail is minimal?