my year-old Sony CyberShot appears to be on its way out the last few batches of pictures have come out unforgiveably hazy compared to previous shots, and when i looked up the reviews on amazon they all seemed to say the same thing: "Great for a year, then it died when it (fill in defect here). Warranty is awful- Sony wanted $140 to look at the camera. Will never buy Sony again."
so i'm currently praying it won't get any worse, but as i'm taking a digital photography course in the fall (and i use this thing ALL THE TIME) i'm going to need something more reliable.
ideally, i'd like:
-under $400 including memory card
-better than 4 mp resolution
-will last longer than 14 months!!
-pref. not Canon... unless that whole "E18" thing is overhyped. but still, i don't really want to invest in a camera with a class action suit pending against it.
shutter control would be nice but not necessary.
since we all seem to be intrepid amateur photographers here... any reccomendations? anybody have a particularly bad/good experiences with any models?