I went to Staples, and looked at digital cameras there. They didn't have any of the ones I'd noted down. A sales associate there helped me by telling me a bit about the different ones they had. I ended up going to the mobile version of Consumer Reports on my phone to see what they'd rated the ones they had there. I felt that I didn't have enough time to process the information about different cameras than I'd read about right then -- not that the associate was rushing me in any way, but looking at the web on my phone is very different from looking at it on a desktop computer. I said I'd think it over.
I decided to go to the Best Buy in the area and see what the parking lot looked like. It looked about average in the amount of cars for a weekday. They had a couple of the kinds of camera that were recommended by Consumer Reports. I looked up the ones they had there on my phone. The sales associate in cameras was helping a couple of people who were already there, so I took my time. I decided to get one of the Canon PowerShots that was recommended. The purple one was cheaper than the black, so I got a purple one. I got an 8 GB SDHC memory card that was on sale.
I almost panicked when I got home and the first "Getting Started" guide I saw was in Spanish, but they had another that was in English. I put the CD that came in the box into the computer, and went to experiment with what was in the Getting Started guide. I took a bunch of pictures of flowers: the violets, daffodils, winter honeysuckle, pansies and pinks.
I looked at the User's Manual PDF and eventually figured out how to get the cover open for the USB cord. Most of the pictures had turned out fairly decently. I have yet to get a close-up winter honeysuckle picture that isn't blurry, but maybe it's just me. I put some flower pictures up in my profile on AE, replacing the ones I had.