Hello everyone, I am new to photography and the uses I will be using the camera for is to take pictures of my family, our dog, my son at the Special Olympics and my other son playing in the band, I also love to take pictures of flowers and animals. I have been researching Nikon, Canon, Sony and Kodak cameras. I would like to know which brand is best for a beginner and for the uses as mention above. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!