Useful stuff there, as I knew there would be. Browing around, while waiting for the Mudcatters to put me wise, I came across this enormous and impressively organised site It even has a forum, though it isn't a patch on the Mudcat so far as I can see. Technically I think that should tell me more than I care to know.
"Most companies have them available for under $1000" (Dicho) - that's not really what I had in mind when I said "lower end of the price range". I'm thinking more in the £50-150 vicinity. In which there appears to be a surprising amounty of options, most of them probably pretty poor options, but not all.
It'd still be useful to have subjective observationbos from other people who like pictures, but are more into other stuff liek music than the technicalities of getting the pictures right.
One thing that intrigues me is the way that clever technology gets used in a way you'd never imagine, and the designers never did either. Like just now my wife had lost her mobile, so I phoned her up from the other side of the room, so that its ring would tell her where in the house it was. And the way people use mobiles in supermarkets and crowds to fidn each other.
I get a feeling that the same kind of thing must happen with a switch to digital cameras rather than film.