Well, I asked all those questions to determine if digital is really the way to go for you...it may be, but many people buy digital cameras and don't understand the drawbacks (and then go back to the camera shop to yell at my husband for selling them a "defective" camera
). First off, there isn't a digital camera out there right now (with the possible exception of the several thousand dollar digital SLRs) that takes a clear enough picture to blow up to even 8X10 without quality issues (it just depends on how picky you are). Second, there are often battery issues (it runs out too quickly) so people who want a digital camera for it'* small size are often dissappointed when, in addition to the camera, they have to carry memory and
spare batteries everywhere they go. And lastly, people often expect the digital camera they buy today to last them years, but much like computers were 10 years ago, the market is changing so quickly that what you buy today will be worthless in a year, and technology will have improved so much you'll want a new one.
I just wanted you to be aware of these things because so many people aren't. When I was faced with the question of what camera to buy, I went film, because it is getting cheap (because of the digital craze) and will provide the quality I expected. I shoot weddings and art photographs (the kind I intend to display in a museum if I ever get good enough) so I bought a Nikon F100 (SLR) body for $500.00. Just to give you an idea how much cheaper film is these days, my hisband owns the same camera and he bought it several years before for $900.00 body only! I wouldn't trade it for the world; it does eveything I want it to, offers me a wide range of lenses to choose from, and is very durable; however, it'* not for everyone because it wieghs several pounds, is quite large, and you have to buy lenses (which can be very expensive if you go for quality). So this wouldn't be right for you of course, but for many people, a good 35 mm camera (like many high end Olympus cameras) and a good photo scanner is the better choice...just conside whether you could be one of those people before you buy. I am not opposed to digital (in fact, I'll be getting my own soon if I can spare the cash), but it is only suited for certain purposes, and many people will be dissapointed because they expect too much at this point in time (though the industry is progressing so quickly that many of the problems may be overcome soon).
As for specific digital recommendations, my husband will have to answer that one because I am only familiar with a few but he plays with them all day.
Good luck with your camera hunting.