Just recently I decided to invest in a new camera so that I could take better pictures. Well, I say 'invest', but actually I bought it second-hand.
The Nikon Coolpix S570 originally came out in 2009 in five different colours, including silver, black, blue, red, and pink. Although the camera is no longer available from the Nikon store, it is widely available on the secondary market; prices can go up as high as £170, but I was lucky, and got mine off Ebay for £24.99 plus postage. It included a charger, but had no SD card or any of the original accessories. These cost me an extra £8 in total.
So was it worth the 'big splurge'? Absolutely. While I would not be paying anything like £170 for it, the Coolpix S570 definitely fits the description of cool.
While my old camera only had digital zoom, which left many of my photos blurry, the Coolpix has a 5x optical zoom, which has allowed me to take some really beautiful close ups.
The camera has several different settings that adjust the lighting, contrast, and other features, so you can take the perfect picture in tricky environments. For example, there is a night setting, so that your pictures don't come out too dark, a sports setting for when you are taking pictures of moving images, and settings for sunset/dawn, parties, fireworks, and even food, in which you can adjust the tint. Once you have taken your picture, you can then do touch-ups to improve the quality further.
My camera did not come with an instructions manual, but I quickly learnt my way around it; it is compact, easy to use, and the only negative aspect I can think of is that I cannot connect it to my computer. The reason for this is because I need the original CD it came with to install the software, but because I bought it second hand, this did not come with it.
If you do want to connect to your computer, then make sure that the person you're buying it from is providing the CD. I would also recommend shopping around to find the best deal. Why pay £170, when you can get it for £24.99?