People often ask what camera should I buy. I always suggest the Canon Powershot S2 IS. I took the birthday photos with this camera. This camera belongs to the Alumni Office at work. The director brought it to me and said it ws freaking out. I found that she has a bad SD card. This is the first time that I have used this camera for a very long time and I really like it. It has a very useable manual exposure mode and good Auto modes. I love the 12X image stabalized lens. Here is the link to the camera review.