I have a Panasonic Lumix and a Kodak Easyshare for my normal everyday use, but I am looking for something to specifically record my wife's art work.
She works in oils, acrylics, water colour and pencil, so obviously colour rendition is the absolute requirement, with sufficient resolution to pick up the texture of the oils, so 10 Meg minimum.
Ease of use is not a factor, as I can take half an hour per shot if necessary, nor do I need the usual pretty lights and bells and whistles that never get used, and video is totally unnecessary, of course.
HondaMan - plenty of cameras available, of course, but I need to know about colour rendition.
Woolwell - no need for a tripod, camera shake or movement is not a problem. lighting is normally bright, but not sunny, daylight.
Nontek - the reproduction of your son's artwork is superb. Any idea which Canon he uses? From the little I know about cameras I would say that the one he is holding is well outside my budget, perhaps to the extent of an extra zero!
peter99co - the Lumix doesn't quite cut it on the true colour rendition, and it is only 6 meg, not quite enough for the texture on an A3 print. "Natural", is not really applicable, because everything I am photographing is an artificial, or unnatural, image. Accuracy is paramount.
Forgot to add when I buy a new camera I always take a SD (most cameras take sd )card into the shop and take some photos with the camera I am thinking of buying and then download when I get home to see if I am happy with how much detail they have captured .I know you are unable to control lighting in a shop but it gives you an idea . A lot of people like the four thirds system but it is all down to your personal preference