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So I'm going on a few trips this summer, and my current digital camera is old, large, failing, and sucks batteries dry faster than any other device I've ever owned. I'm thinking I should get a new one. But I don't know much about the digital camera market these days.
Question the first: what are some good camera brands/models? What should I stay away from?
What I'm thinking about is that I need a simple camera. I only use it on trips; I'm not a picture hog and I don't snap pictures in everyday life. I'm thinking of the $150-$200 range. Decent resolution and optical zoom. Small and resistent enough to carry around in my pocket as I'm visiting a new city. And it must be able to do panoramic shots, the kind where you move the camera around and it takes super-huge pictures. I love landscapes and cityscapes, and right now I can only get them by taking lots of regular pictures and assembling them together with software on my computer, and that's not ideal. A new camera will remedy this situation.
Question the second: can you recommend a camera that fits my needs?