Hi, as a semi-professional digital camera user for several years, I feel I could give a little tip:
Go to this page:
The number one camera, if in your budget, is excellent; easy to use, has a pretty good zoom (optical is always best).
You can click on "Compare" if you wish to surf the possibilities.
I am looking for a digital camera with good zoom capabilities, excellent color (kids with beautiful blue eyes!) and a few more advanced options that will capture active kids. I have owned two Kodak Easy Share point and shoot cameras, but have become bored with the lack of options. I'm ready to go to the next level and capture some genuine keepers of my kids! Taking pictures of my kids is really my only hobby, but I don't want to break the bank. Any suggestions?