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The Minolta Dimage z3 can be had online for $340...
Use the extra $60 for a 1 gig high speed sd card for it, and you're all set.
(toss in another $27 at walmart, for a 30 minute quick charger, and a set of
good rechargable batteries.)
I spent about 2 weeks online pouring over specs and comparisons, and the Z3
seemed the best for what I wanted all around.
12x optical zoom, movie mode, supermacro, image stabalization, sd card,
standard "aa" sized batteries, and LOTS of manual setting options.
I really like the ergonomics, now that I'm used to them as well.
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