So I decided to get something slightly newer than my old DSC9 Sony Camera. I'm still learning how to use it and I do realize after looking at the pics that the focal point was different in the two shots but still... a much cleaner shot:
Nikon Coolpix S8100:
I realize that cameras are only tools and the majority of how a picture turns out is in the skill of the person using it. I will admit - I'm a point and shoot type guy - so any feedback is welcome.