Hi all, camera n00b here,
Looking to buy a decent digicam for taking pictures from fair distances, and also detailed shots from close-up.
A few questions from those more in-the-know:
1. For someone like me, looking to take pictures of historical buildings and monuments on trips to Europe etc., what sort of optical zoom should I be looking for? Is 12x necessary?
2. I'd need publishable, pseudo-professional-quality (sorta) prints (I'd be taking detailed technical shots of museum pieces). What sort of megapixel range should I be looking at, within the context of the needed optical zoom?
3. Lots of cameras are out now that are hybrid digicam and digital camcorder. Can anyone with experiences with such a camera comment on whether this is a worthwhile feature to be shopping for, within the context of the above?