i still have my old 5mega pixel Olympus camera ...its small takes great pics & i have the underwater housing for it if i want pics when i go diving....
was out sea fishing today and guy pulls out a Hitachi model HBC161E
its bigger than my small pocket camera but styled morelike a mini SLR job so could still fit in a decent pocket....but heres the "like" bit....it had 21x optical zoom
he was taking good close ups of the seals on rocks etc
im no david bailey but was always told to go for as much optical zoom as possibe and forget digital zoom.....reckon it would take reasonable photos of deer at a wee bit of distance....
but without being a full on DSLR round yer neck
anyone any recommendations for a wee ish good optical zoom camera?