I know nothing about photography. I want a camera that won't be too bulky but will be reliable, sturdy, and have a good zoom and a good picture. I'll probably be taking it everywhere from indoors to long backpacking trips, if that matters. Any suggestions at least of where to start?
Also, have any of you used those digital printing centers for your photos (found at Walmart and that sort of place)? I would prefer to have physical pictures. Are those easy to use and do they work well?