Hi. First of all: I dont understand anything about cameras! I have this Canon A570 for 2 years now. But I realized it doesnt have a good image AND the lens are too small, I believe (remember: I dont understand a thing about cameras). I am planning to buy a new camera, but I just cant decide. All I have in mind is that "CANON" is a good brand and SONY isn't, thats all. (Don't even know if thats right). Here's what I want: 1. Compact camera 2. With great lens (Don't want cameras with small lens like SONY DCR/Canon Powershot etc.) 3. With great zoom 4. Uses AA batteries (I hate rechargeable batteries - they dont sell 'anywhere' like supermarket, they sell only in specific stores) 5.With great MACRO function. Here is the "what for": 1. Underwater photos (I buy the housing later...dont worry) 2. Flowers pictures (a lot) 3. Birds pictures (a lot, too) Here's what I've seen: Canon sx130, only. But people say the batteries doesn't last too much. Anyway, I didnt research it well because, like I said, I dont understand a THING about it. What can you recommend to me? Post the names and I look for the pictures! Or post the pictures! Thanks a lot!