I've had a few point-and-shoot digital cameras in my day. Usually Canons. I've always been pleased with the image quality, plus I'm familiar with their controls and menus. When I'm making the choice for a new camera, it helps narrow it down if I just go with another Canon.
The newest camera I have is a Canon PowerShot SX210IS. I was pretty much sold when I saw that this tiny camera had both 14 megapixel image quality, and a 14x optical zoom.
The lens extends a few inches, and in my very first
night ever using it, I was able to capture photos like this from within a rocking concert crowd, which I think it a good testament to the camera's quality and level of zoom:
My big daddy camera though, is a Canon Rebel XSi. It's my go-to when I want to take some high quality photos of carved pumpkins. Or anything, really.
I still only have the basic kit lens that came with it. Would like to upgrade eventually, when a specific need arises I suppose. I have plenty of accessories though. Tripod, filters, external flash, etc. All the pumpkin photos you've seen me post came from this camera.
For video, I also have this Flip Mino HD camera. Picked it up a couple years ago to document a summer road trip I took. I wanted an HD camcorder I could easily carry in my pocket.
I don't use Flip cam much these days. The company stopped making these cameras, I believe. Plus, now my Canon PowerShot (and even my cell phone) can do comparable or better HD video. But I had some good times with the Flip camcorder. This is the camera that got to meet Robert Englund
, in fact.