Okay, I am duly intimidated and very impressed by the great photos everyone is posting. I remind myself my little point and shoots do
produce vividly colored pictures that make nice cards people actually buy (though I give more away!)
Brian M., and Brian V., and Roger H..........You all made recommendations to me about cameras, knowing my attachment to my Zeiss Lens on my funky little Sony. Even my better made Cannon does not take as good of pictures. I'm really ready to get something that will take better shots in more situations (the Sony is best at close-ups), but I am 'lazy' and do not want to learn a lot of tech stuff - I can never retain what the manuals say. It's the art of composing & shooting, being able to shoot nature quickly when an opportunity arises, and sharing photos in various ways that I enjoy about photography. Not equipment gismos!
I'm overwhelmed looking at the possibilities and the info rarely gives 'ease of use' info. So what is the most affordable (for the unemployed), with a good quality lens (for the picky), and easy to learn (for the lazy - or maybe dumb), light weight
camera - or am I asking too much of one camera?
I realize I will get more than one answer here........