Having previously asked about "what compact with tea making facilities" My real need can now be defined as: what compact can you recommend with good zoom and with manual focus as well as auto focus.
I find that when trying to photograph at short range something like a spider's web the auto focus on my Canon will select the first substantive object that it detects which can be several feet behind the subject, thus throwing the subject completely out of focus. Am I asking too much of a compact and should I be looking for a dslr?