I have a Kodak Easyshare Z885 (or should I say had - I’ll explain later)
It takes great pictures. I don’t use the easyshare software either. I have a card reader, just put the card in it and copy to my computer.
This camera has a 5x optical zoom - most point and shoots have a 3x. It takes decent night pictures too, I change to a larger ISO to help. It is very user friendly.
the Digital SLR’s are more advanced cameras, but do take excellent pictures. Some are a little pricey.
you can link to my TR
and see the pictures I took with the Kodak.
… my DD’s camera was acting up before she went to DW, so I told her to take my camera (which I just bought in August). Well, accidents happen. She dropped it and the screen broke inside. She was extremely upset when she called to tell me. I told her if it was an accident and she didn’t climb up on a platform and throw it off to see what it would do, then it was okay. Crap happens sometimes. Fortunately for her, she got her camera to work again, so she was able to take more pictures. That would have been terrible if she didn’t have a camera!
and… that gave me my excuse to purchase my Canon XTi!