Just heard from the camera repair shop that my good camera is going to have to be sent by me to the manufacturer to have the card reader replaced AND it's going to cost over $500 plus over $100 for shipping.
Arrgh! Now I have to decide if I want to spend that (or more) for the repair or if I can find a lesser camera that will give me some acceptable macro and decent zoom capacity.
The camera on my phone isn't bad-- but I want a bit more. The old camera--a Sony Cybershot RX 101V is actually heavier than is comfortable and something a bit lighter would be nice. My previous camera, a Nikon D90 with the 18-200 lens, was the one that I thought took the best pictures and was the most intuitive to use.
I tend to shoot only in automatic and usually on the spur of the moment sans tripod--all the bells and whistles of a serious camera are wasted on me.
So, it's on to a bit of research while I make up my mind . . .
(Below is a drive by shot of what appears to be a wedding party outside the Madison County courthouse