By now, you probably have learned that more megapixels is not the answer to better pictures.
That theory was being pushed by the camera marketing people, not by camera engineers.
Some camera companies are still beating the drum for more megapixels.
Some of the latest cameras have 14 megapixels now.
Canon was on the same path with the G10 which had 14.7 megapixels last year.
The Engineering people won with the G11, it sports 10 megapixels but still uses the same CCD assembly that was used for 14.7 megapixels.
That means there is less crowding of the pixels and allows larger pixels.
And that means less noise and more light.
The Canon G11 and the new S90 use the same larger 10 megapixel sensor assembly.
They are getting good reviews.
They are not near as good as a DSLR camera's much larger sensor assembly, but the G11 and S90 are among the top choices for smaller cameras.
The thing that will help you most is to learn more about photography.
The person holding the camera has more to do with better photos than the camera they are holding.
Here's my situation. I recently sold my Canon SD1000 (7.1MP) because I thought I needed more MP to take better pics and now I can't find a camera that compares to it.
I've bought the Samsung PL55 (12MP, 2.7", 5x) on paper it looked like a deal, but I thought it was a little bulky and not completely satisfied with it so I exchanged it for the Samsung ST50 (12MP, 2.7", 3x). The ST50 was a great looking camera but it was a little slow and I could never get a decent picture of my kids (always moving). I have now returned that and after some research I picked up the Fuji F70EXR (10MP, 2.7", 10x), which on paper is great and so are all the reviews. It is a little bigger than I would like but if the performance was there then I would accept it.
Now here is the problem, I can't get a decent picture out of this thing and I've tried all the settings, I've forced it into the 10MP mode and even then the picture quality is nothing compared to my old canon or even the ST50.
So it looks like I am back to square one. I need a pocket camera that will have pretty decent performance and great picture quality for stills and moving subjects and an OK zoom that will occasionally let me blow up to 5x7 or 8x10 (max).
Can someone help me get good pics out of the Fuji or do have to go back to something else...any suggestions? Please help!!!!