Shopping for a Camera
How should you shop for a camera? First consider the kind of photography you want to do. If you're into action photography, you'll want a camera that shoots at very fast shutter speeds and has no noticeable [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/179228/shut_down_shutter_lag.html|shutter lag|shutter lag]]. If you primarily take casual snapshots or pictures of landscapes and city scenes, get a camera with the widest lens you can find. If you enjoy shooting flowers, make sure the camera has a good macro mode for close-ups like the one shown here.
Long telephoto zooms are great, but pay special attention to the focal length--a wide focal range will come in handy more often in day-to-day situations than a superlong zoom. Also, megapixel count is no all as important as it once was: Most popular cameras are 10 megapixels or more, wich is more than you need for large, high-quality prints. Watch "[[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/157124/how_to_buy_a_digital_camera.html|How to Buy a Digital Camera|How to Buy a Digital Camera]]" for more tips.
Finally, read reviews that talk about image quality. My favorite camera review site is [[xref:http://dpreview.com/|Digital Photography Review|Digital Photography Review]], and I highly recommend that you bookmark it--along with [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/products/cameras.html|PCWorld's camera reviews|PCWorld's camera reviews]], of course.