Since it appears that my old camera has gone partially inop, I'm thinking of buying another. However I used the old one so little, that I didn't learn much that is of use in buying something else. I want one that is reliable as possible with a good warranty of a good name brand, at a price of ~$100. There are so many variables to consider, I don't know where to start. One thing lacking in my old camera is a release cable, because the camera doesn't have any provision for attaching it...does any digital camera? After only spending a couple of minutes scanning eBay returns, I came across this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-CoolPix-S3500-SILVER-Digital-Camera-Extended-Warranty-Leather-Case-NEW-/350991451550?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item51b8b8859e but can I do better? EDIT: Another important factor for me is how to determine just how close the camera can be to the subject and focus properly? For instance, getting a clear shot of a small computer component.