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Help with finding a new camera

I am in need of finding a new camera and I'm not sure which one to buy. Budget is appx $300 (the least expensive for the money the better though). I do know I want the image stabilizer. Would like to be able to carry it in my purse. Will be using it at volleyball games, cheerleading meets, basketball games, etc. Also would like the continuous pic option. I know nothing about shutter speed or the ISO thingy so if you could educate me on what they mean I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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oops forgot something

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BTW I have always had Canon cameras but if there is a different camera out there that has more bang for the buck I would love to know. Otherwise the best Canon out there would be appreciated.

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Canon PowerShot SD880IS

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I have owned several Canon PowerShot cameras and enjoyed them all. Beginning with model S100 years ago, and a recently purchased model SD880IS from Amazon ($250). I "dispose" of each replaced model to children and grandchildren, gives me a feeling of doing the right thing. Here is a web site giving information on ALL the Canon cameras:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/

My new SD880IS has everything I need and more. The picture quality is outstanding. I have started using the movie feature and the results are very satisfactory. I purchased a 4GB card for less than $10, that gives me the ability of 880 photographs at highest quality OR about 40 minutes of video. You can mix those two formats on the same card. You can't go wrong on the SD880IS.

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Canon is very good

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You could also look at the Fuji F100fd, since it's being phased out and does a little bit better in low light.

The problem you're going to run into is that no point and shoot will do well in the circumstances you want to shoot. Even a DSLR with the kit lens can't cut it.

I've had both Canon and Fuji point and shoots, and the Canon's were the best for features and performance. The Fuji I have is used for parties and portability, where it was better than my Canon.

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Panasonic

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Panasonic DMC-tz5 is a nice camera that takes great pictures. ALl of the panasonic digital cameras are good.

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I agree

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Panasonic and Canon make great cameras, but they will perform very poorly with indoor cheerleading, basketball, etc.

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