Thank you to everyone for all your info and help. I'm not necessarily set on needing a camera with 14mp. It's just that right now I have a 3-4 yr. old 8.1 mp Sony Cyber shot it is kinda slow and it isn't giving me the clear pictures I want to capture all the detail in my cosplay pics. I just figured that maybe more mega pixels would give me that clear shot I want.
I would like an ok amount of zoom, but not anything huge. Camera size is not a big thing for me. I am fine with automatic modes in the beginning, but would love to learn the more technical side of it. I never use video. Budget would probably max out at $500.
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