Originally Posted by xpod
So, what in particular do I have to look out for when searching for a camera exactly? Decent amount of MP? how much it zooms?
More than anything, you need to see how it works for you. Do the controls feel normal. Some brands are more intuitive for different people (I'm going to get it for this) Canon baffles me sometimes. I find Nikon and Pentax menus make more sense. Other people will say the opposite. That's because such things are very subjective.
Beyond this, find something with 6+MP. A normal brand (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji). For a Point n Shoot, check battery costs (better IMO if it takes AA's)
Go for optical zoom (forget digital zoom, it's largely a joke). A pocket camera will likely have 3x zoom, a zlr (larger lens) can have 10x zoom.
If possible, get one that has the flash as far away as possible from the lens - but this is harder on a point in shoot.
But the first point is most important. Make sure it feels good to use. If it doesnt, you're less likely to use it.