I've chosen Olympus Tough TG-310 because of it being Shockproof, Waterproof and Freezeproof. Its a great camera if you love outdoors. You never will have to worry if it starts raining or you drop it inside the pool.
I've always owned Sony's and most recently picked up a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7. It took me a good 3 months after searching and researching and spending much time playing with all the features at the stores with different camera's. I also bought the wife one of those Samsung's with the dual screens. I think the only time we've really used the front was while just playing around with it. After all my Sony's I would have to put my vote of a Panasonic now after owning one.
I have a canon 550d and it is excellent. A DSLR only takes a few days to pick up with some online tutorials, and produces much better results than point and shoot and bridge cameras. If you are going to be taking a lot of dark, indoor shots, then I'd just get a simple to use point and shoot and never research ISO levels
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