The resolution (Megapixels) in a digital camera count far less than
its' optics do. For web pages, anything more than 72 DPI is wasted
My first digital camera was a Nikon Coolpix 900, back when they were
$999 US. The macro capabilities were simply incredible. When it fell
off a coffee table and broke, I replaced it with a Kodak DC4800 with
3.2 Megapixels, a higher resolution than the old Coolpix 900. That
was a big mistake.
The Kodak makes decent photos, but close-up macro (necessary for
jewelry and gem photos) is somewhat lacking. It'll take decent
photos, but the sharpness just isn't as good as the old Nikon.
I noticed in last Sunday's newspapers that the going price for a
Nikon Coolpix 4800 (at 4 Megapixels) is $399, or around $200 less
than I paid for the Kodak two years ago. On-line deals are probably
even better. This camera's optics are about the best you can find at
the price and is probably the best buy for the money. I wonder how
much the price tag will drop here in the US after Thanksgiving?
Another consideration could be a used Coolpix, but I wouldn't trust
eBay for used electronics. Some camera stores may have used
digitals. If you have pawn shops in your area, those can also be
James in SoFl