I went to the original store and asked for the best price and I was told $460. I showed the salesman the one up the road on my phone for $449 and he agreed $445. I was happy. I did look at Dick Smith/Kogan online but by the time postage was added and the fact that it probably wouldn't come with an Australian warranty, it wasn't a good deal.
The camera I bought is Canon Powershot SX730 HS. I am happy with it, though it is rather heavy. My old camera was 165g and this one around 300g. It is 20 megapixel with 40X optical zoom. It has a fold up screen, great for selfies that I never take but could be helpful in seeing the screen in bright daylight. It also has a cute little pop up flash. The user is warned to pop the flash up if the unit thinks it is needed. I haven't played with the flash really but the couple of photos I did take seemed good.
It came with a seperate charger, which is a pain to lug around. I hope it takes USB charge ok.
While I haven't had an exhaustive play with the camera, I have spent a little time. Look Diane, you'll be pleased to know it has grid lines, something my last camera mysteriously lacked, and it showed. I haven't found the the setting for centre weighted focus yet and as you can see, the camera focused in on photo on a block of flats rather than the distant Dandenongs, but the Dandenongs are still better displayed than with the old camera.
Anyway, here are few shots I have taken.
She and the white building behind are coming down for.........yep, smart apartments, and very high end. The new building renders have it as lower and with less bulk. Two other apartment projects within a couple of minutes walking distance of here have been cancelled.
Err, before I could the setting to turn grid lines on.
More auto macro.