I'm not one for expensive toys. I have wanted an optical zoom camera for bicycling, but they all seemed pretty expensive for my tastes. While my cell phone takes decent pics, it has only a digital zoom - not what I really wanted.
So, I saw this at Amazon today for real cheap - 50% off because, I guess, it is red - anyway the silver and black are about twice as much. Now, red doesn't bother me a bit, as it is easier to find. 8x optical zoom. Pretty good reviews.
And, if I lose it or break it - well, $75 won't kill me!!
If you want it all, you want a power series camera from GE. A slim metal housing, lithium battery, and glass lens, coupled with the latest in high-tech features, make the power series the one you'll reach for every time. The E1480W has a spacious 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD screen with auto adjust brightness so you won't miss a thing. Featuring a generous 14.1-megapixel resolution, 8x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom. The E1480W also provides panorama photo stitching allowing you to take 3 images and create a seamless panoramic picture, face detection, automatic face exposure, in-camera red-eye removal, optical image stabilization, blink detection, smile detection, hdtv output with HDMI, and Quick Time Motion JPEG movie recording. Plus the impressive 18MB internal memory is expandable with an SD/SDHC card up to 16 GB. Additional specs include Focal length of 5.1mm (wide) to 40.8mm (Tele) which is the 35mm film equivalent of 28mm (wide) to 224mm (Tele), F number of F3.3 (Wide) to F5.8(Tele), Normal focusing range of 60 cm (Wide) to 100 cm (Tele), Macro of 5cm-100cm Wide and 100cm Tele. Shooting modes of Auto, Manual, ASCN, Image Stabilization, Movie, Scene (Sport, Children, Indoor, Leaf, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Glass, Museum, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Portrait, and Panorama, Auto ISO sensitivity of 3200. Pictbridge compatability,ExifPrint support, multi-language support, USB 2.0, HDMI out and AV out (proprietary connector) jacks. This products ships with rechargeable lithium-ion battery, battery charger, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, CD-ROM, Manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guide, Warranty Card. "