I want to buy a new camera, my previous was just a Kodak Easy share point and shoot.
I am looking for something with a view finder, better zoom and more mega pixels. I also like the battery packs as I think regular batteries don't last as long.

I looked at the Canon Powershot SX 50, but it doesn't have a view finder.

I want to take pictures of birds, scenery and people, places, etc. I am going to Scotland this year with my 2 sisters and would like to have some great pictures to bring home.

I have a budget of $200-400. But would like to stay as low as possible.

I'm just a beginner so nothing too complicated. Although I'm thinking of taking some photography classes soon.

Anyone have any advise for me!