Yeah, that's a tough task, selecting a new camera!
but fortunately most of the new offerings from the industry are quite good quality, so you cannot really go wrong.
Perhaps you tell us, what you preferred kind of photography is, and what featuresrank high on your list when deciding for the next cam!?
- compact size?
- viewfinder vs. LCD-lifeview?
- wide angle?
- changeable lenses?
- fast focus/trigger?
- lots of options/manual adjustments?
- are you going to manipulate your pics on a computer?
Well, I do mostly holiday snapshots and scenery photography alongside indoor photographs of family, relatives and some large public events.
Other factors are it has to be fairly portable. I'm not expecting something minutely sized but certainly overly larger than my current camera. Also the camera has to have a fast autofocus. At least faster than the clunky mechanism on the 6900 (I intend on learning how to manual focus as I go but a fast AF would be useful for spontaneous opportunities). Room for expansion is a must and it has to have compatibility with both computer platforms (Mac and PC). I don't do much in the way of photo manipulation but I don't print straight from the camera either, so "PictBridge" is not necessary. In fact although I said I was looking at DSLRs, a higher grade Bridge camera would do just as well for an upgrade.
P.S. Did I mention battery life?
It has to be able to withstand a lot of heavy flash use.