I made the decision that I want to buy a fancier digital camera than my current one. I have a fairly basic camera with 3 times digital zoom and a limited range of settings. I have been enviously eyeing my husband's camera which has ten times zoom. Having decided to buy a new one, P. promptly told me that I should wait because there will be new models out in a week or so.
In the meantime, he lent me his camera to try out, to get an idea of what features I might want. Here are some of the photos I took on a walk around the estuary, on a beautiful sunny winter's day. Some of the birds were obliging enough to pose for me within range of the 10 times zoom. This camera is 8 Megapixels. (Mine is about 3). Set on high resolution the file size turned out to be a bit large for Photoshop's "save for web" feature so I had to do some fiddling - that's why they are not all the same size. I'll figure out the best settings eventually. After my estuary walk, I went into town and took more photos. I'll post some of those later.