Hi WDC forum,

I am looking for an easy to use point and shoot camera, with 3" or larger LCD to take high quality images of scientific instrumentation in both high and low light levels, both photos of systems and components (say from the size of a washing machine down to the size of a mobile phone), so a good zoom function would be useful.

Many pictures would be taken on a tripod, so I wonder whether remote control (?!) or a count-down timer would be useful to reduce the effect of camera movement on the final image quality.

I know I cannot have my cake and eat it , but any advice on which camera performs best in terms of image quality over these conditions would be gratefully received.

Budget ~ 500

Any ideas, please?