Long / short, I might be looking for a 'reasonable' digital camera for my Daughter (not a swap .. mind you! ... <evil grin>), for general real 'photography' use and to support the BTEC 3D design course that she should start next year.
A mate has leant us his old (as in 'spare') Sony Cybershot DSC-F707 and that has both a nice lens + some fancy features (that she might use as an 'artist') but he want's a bit too much for it. She likes it though and after taking pictures of the runner beans I planted yesterday has produced a mockup front cover for "Beans Monthly" magazine, featuring:
"- 10 simple steps to keep your beans at their best"
"- To hose or not to hose. How to maintain your plants during a water crisis"
"- Wise words, Fred (< my mate, a gardener) gives us his top tips on planting and photography" ....
Cover design by Jenny .. www.beansmonthly.co.uk etc
LOL .. how come she can do this sorta stuff so quickly and not her homework .. ? ;-(
Anyroadup, the local shop suggests a Fuji S5600 as an affordable (just) stepping stone to possibly a dSLR sometime?
We have had Fuji cameras (so have 128/256M xD cards we can use) since Noah was a boy and have had very good service from Fuji C/S and repair dept. Her current camera (a Fuji F420) is a great little tool (compact, well built, 5M pixel etc) but just *eats* it's two AAA's in no time (I might try rigging an external battery pack sometime but that's another topic) ;-)
So, anyone support / know the Fuji S5600 (or that series) for the above use and / or can suggest anything in that price range (~£200) that might fit the bill better etc please?
All the best ..
T i m
 And I have posted to rec.photo.digital already ;-)