Hi I have spent many hours researching digital cameras and to be totally up front I am none the wiser as to what I should buy for the reasons I want to use it.

Firstly I am happy to spend around 350 but could stretch a little more if needs be.

I love metal detecting and whilst out in the fields I often see birds and all types of wildlife which I wouldn't mind having a go at taking pictures of, BUT I also need a camera that could take photos of my finds I.E small coins (the resulting pictures must show detail of coin/ finds clearly so I guess I also need a camera that can take close range pictures of small items.

Confused.....I am

Any suggestions or reviews would be greatly appreciated in my quest to find the camera for me.

By the way I have only ever used a point and click camera before so not very experienced but am willing to learn.

Thanks for your time,