I'm looking for a nice camera for for my 13yr old that loves to take macro pictures. Any suggestions for a camera with a good optical zoom and takes excellent macro pictures for under $300? Thank you for any help.
^I second the Powershot. I use an older 570IS along side my DSLR, and it works pretty well for what it's intended to do.
Here is a tip: Grab the CHDK package for your camera. This allows you to use some insane settings that are not available on the standard camera firmware. For example, I was messing around with long exposure with the 570IS (cause my battery for the DSLR is DEAD ) and I can now do 90+ second exposures with the custom firmware.
Link to CHDK: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK
(Btw, this is 100% safe as long as you follow the guide).