I have been reading reviews about digital cameras until I am ready to go blind, but I finally made a decision, as you can tell if you read below (and look to the right).
First of all, my constraints were that I could choose any digital camera that was $300 or less, and I could spend up to $50 on a memory card. So I spent weeks looking at cameras and reading about them, and fell in love with two different models; the FujiFilm FinePix S5000 3.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and the Canon PowerShot SX100IS 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. I finally decided on the Canon because it has image stabilization (which sounds almost necessary with a 10X zoom) and it is a newer model than the Fuji (Canon: 2007, Fuji: 2003), although I am still very curious about the Fuji camera; it sounds wonderful.
I also decided on the Sandisk SD 2GB memory card with a MicroMate Reader, some rechargeable NiMH batteries and an international recharger.
Now that I’ve FINALLY made a decision, I am incredibly excited.