I would like to upgrade from my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1. It's 5.1 mega pixels, has mpegmovieVX, Smart Zoom, & 3x optical zoom. I am very inexperienced and just take pictures on auto settings. The things I hate about this camera and always have since day 1 are that if my kids move even a tiny bit when I'm snapping a photo the pictures come out completely burred or the part of them that was moving blurs. Also the time the camera actually takes the picture from the time I press down the button is very slow. That's why my kids usually end up moving before I get the shot. It takes about 3-5 seconds on average and it seems like a lot of times I have to hold the button down 3x in a row before it takes the picture. It is extremely annoying. The camera I have cost $350 brand new but I'm sure comparable cameras now, wouldn't be as expensive. I can't afford more than that and was hoping to spend less actually.
What I would like in a new camera would be, #1 much quicker to take the picture after I press the button. Also I take a lot of pictures of my flowers, so that is important to me. I also take pictures of butterflies nectaring at the flowers which I usually end up with 1 to 3 decent shots out of 30 and only the ones that the butterfly is practically not moving come out. Taking pictures with this camera is a game of chance basically . I would love to be able to take pictures of hummingbirds as well but this has proven completely impossible with this camera. Being able to get nice pictures of the sky during sunset would be an added bonus as well. The ones I've attempted with my current camera are never good.
I tried doing some searching on my own and found most people recommend manual shutter speed for the things I am looking for. When looking up how to get good pictures of hummingbirds, I found some people claiming shutter speed has nothing to do with it and multiple flash is necessary. Multiple flash seems to be only an option with the more professional cameras. I would love to hear any thoughts on this subject.
So in my own research for point and shoots I found this camera, as far as I could find it seemed to be the only point and shoot with manual shutter speed control. If I am wrong about that please tell me. At first it seemed worthy of a try but now I am having doubts. Is this camera a waste of money? http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX120IS-Digital-Stabil...
I'd rather stick with the lousy camera I have than waste money on another lousy camera.
Thanks for any help, Meredith