Your post indicates you are not looking for a camera to take up
close-ups of jewelry. Remember what ever you buy will be with you for
a long time. Make sure you know all the reasons you want to buy a
camera for now and in the future.
Based on that assumption you should consider the following comments
listed in random order:
Look for AA battery powered camera. Having to charge a camera when
traveling is a pain. Its a lot of easier to stick several AA
batteries in your pocket rather than carry a transformer and yards of
cable for recharging.
Try a 5 mp camera.
Look at the ability of the camera to take close ups. You may want to
take close-ups later on.
Buy a belt mounted pouch for the camera. That will prevent you from
loosing you camera out of a pocket.
Buy a 512 to 1 meg chip if you plan on taking lots of pictures
before you can download them to your printer or computer.
Decide how you want to print your photos. There are several photo
printers that are included with a camera. I am not sure if they
store lots of photos. The best way to save lots of photos is to store
them on a Zip or remote drive. Don't load you computer hard drive
with a lot of photos. By storing them with your computer you will
always be able to recover them.
Check out local electronics stores. Let the clerks explain the
advantages of each camera.
HSN and QVC have good prices on cameras and they explain the cameras
functions pretty well.
There are so many cameras on the market the shopping will drive you
nuts. You will buy today and next month you will regret your decision
because of the new cameras on the market.