... you cannot take the cons, no one is likely to help, because no camera is perfect. Even the big-name manufacturers make different cameras with a hugh mix (permutations) of different features. Not all the features you want are ever found on a sigle camera. Take some, forfeit the others. Some solve this problem by having two or more cameras ! As for cameras being outdated in one or two years, the lower cost ones will be outdated as improvements are made and new technologies are introduced. Camera types may also go out of vogue. So, choose a camera, feel it at the shop, bite the bullet and enjoy using it.
My 17 year old is asking for a new digital camera. She has an old Kodak EasyShare 5megapixel with 3x zoom. She would like a higher resolution (8mp) and a more power full zoom (5x), plus a 2.5+ view screen. I'm confused by all the reviews on cnet. Just when I think I found the one, I'm discouraged by the cons. When I decide to "bite the bullet" for a more expensive model, again, I'm discouraged by the "cons" in the reviews. Any help deciding a reliable camera model, that won't be obsolete in a year, that meets my requirements? I don't want a camera that takes a long time to get ready for the next shot. Looking to spend under $350-ish. Thanks.