Can anyone recommend a DSLR/SLR camera. I am a little unhappy at the moment. I bought a Kodak Z812 IS. Was a nice camera and I loved what it did, until..... I turned it on the other day and it is very blurry, somes times does not power on, and it powers off on its own - especially when zooming. Sad part is, I only owned it 34-days and Walmart would not let me exchange it because I was 4-days past their 30 day return policy. I only wanted to exchange it for the same exact camera. Kodak told me within the first 45-days just bring it back to the store as they should take it back (for an exact exchange) based on vendor/distributor contracts -and they can easily RMA it back. Walmart would not budge. So now I have to send it to Kodak (in Connecticut, I live in NC). I paid $229 (on sale) for the camera (well it was just over $300 by the time I added the SD card, extra batteries, sales tax). Problem is I have to send it UPS (has to have a tracking number) and high insurance (over the cost of the camera). shipping is going to cost me between $50 and $100. then its going to take 2 weeks just for Kodak to look at it (so I will not have it for thanksgiving). then to top it off, Kodak reserves the right to declare whether it is faulty or they think it was consumer related abuse or handling. then based on the decision: If they declare it is warranty - they will fix only that part or send me a comperable refurb (so much for my brand new camera I just bought). they list a refurb as a returned item (ie another repair and the owner did not take it back or it was a return from the store) or one they used for demo and testing. If they declare it is not warranty - they will quote me a price (obtaining my credit card number before the quote). If I feel the price is not right (like the quote would be the price of just buying another one), they will charge me an inspection fee that is $35 min. (and I say min because depending on what hey have to do to find what is faulty and what it would take to fix it). So, I am already at 1/2 the price of the camera just for shipping and possible fee. my wife is so ticked at the idea of me buying another camera, but she does see the point about sending it in for repair may not be worth it - considering it is already starting to add up to the price of the camera.... she felt Walmart should've just did the exchange also. it is not like I had the camera for 6 months or something, it was only 4 extra days. - So confused, so unhappy. either way I am going to be out close to $400 (original price, shipping, inspection fee?, etc) for a $229 camera. The reason I bought this camera: 1. On-sale price 2. 12X Opticle zoom, then an additional 3X digital zoom on top of that. 3. HD 4. Too many other features to list 5. got a lot of great reviews (well except for a couple recently posted on Kodak's website (after I already bought mine) - appearantly 2 other people have experienced dead cameras after only a few weeks to a couple of months. 6. Native Quicktime files - ie just move them to my mac and they play in native OSX software I really want to take avantage of all the features built into to iphoto, aperature, imovie, and final cut express... So bummed..... Also, now I have to go back and tell people - Sorry I will not be able to photo/film your events. I am also going to miss out on some great family moments (and my camera phone just does not cut it). with this month being the month of house and car taxes being due, I cannot afford to buy another camera right now and also not sure how I am going to squeeze out just shipping this one back.