Originally Posted by Jarvillio
Well I need a new camera, I mostly take pictures of nature(sky, landscape, flowers) What should I look for in a camera for these things? My budget is $200-$300 or a bit over if that's what I have to do. What would you recomend?
At that price range, I'd look at the Sony DSC-H55, Panasonic DMC-ZS5, and Panasonic DMC-ZS7 new. For used, I'd look for a Canon G9 or G10 used (IIRC, the G11 used is still out of your budget).
Things to look for would be how sharp images are, the amount of artifacts, detail quality, and the amount of noise in the photos at different ISO values. The ISO noise depends on how big the image sensor is. Since the image sensor in most point and shoots are the same size, noise should be similar across the board. Instead, what would really matter is the sharpness and quality of sample pictures. This depends on the lens used by the camera and can't be quantified, so it's extremely important you look up reviews and look at their sample photos.
Something to not
look for is the number of megapixels. Megapixels are a measurement of image resolution, not quality, and as long as the camera has more than 6MP you should be fine with the resolution.
However, if you're willing to stretch your budget by $100 and don't mind buying refurbished, might I suggest this