My Dear Camera (Olympus C760 Ultra Zoom recently broke)
Don't know why or how [I had lent it to a friend shortly before] but it is 3+ years old so I can live with it, it cost around £100 but was my trusty and I always appreciated the large zoom and manual controls.
So now I need to look for another camera, before my trip to Hong Kong (1st June) , I have about the same amount of money to spend ~ £120 but don't know what to get.
Something digital and a large optical zoom ~ 8x are the key things, some manual settings for long exposures and certain shots would be a welcome addition.
I loved my C760 because it was fairly compact and light, used proprietary batteries that lasted ages (rather than 4x AA) a large, reasonable lense and had a pop up flash
I've had a quick peruse and have found the following:
Fuji S5800 : £80 (Refurb with 6 months warranty)
Fuji S6500fd : £120 (as above) This is quite attractive due to it's higher spec CCD and manual zoom so it should be lighter on the batteries I'm guessing?
^^ only really looked at the fuji's because i've known about their refurb store.
I haven't really looked at any other cameras, I'd love a Panasonic with a Leica lense but it's way out of my price range, so any other ideas would be welcomed.
Any comments much appreciated
PS. Megapixels aren't a great deal for me as I won't print anything above A4, and my screen res is only 1680x1050; my 3MP always was big enough