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The Canon A75 is a step above the point-and-shoot camera and is the only camera of that type, on the market, that will fit in your budget.
I notice that newegg.com has it priced at $199.
That is a very nice camera and that is a very nice price.
For action shots it is advisable to press the shutter button half-way down and wait for the action to occur, then press the button the rest of the way down.
Enjoy your new camera.
I am a student at a small private school, and am on the journalism staff. I need a camera for that use, and also for my own personal use. I would like a camera that has at least 3 megapixels, and I need a camera that can handle normal snapshooting around school, as well as take decent sports pictures, both on a field and in a gymnasium. The most I can spend is $250. Right now I am looking at the Canon A75, because it has multiple features, including sport mode, and it is 3.2 megapixels. Any help would be appreciated.