It is physically impossible for my wife to get anywhere on time. That means that when we go places together I am never on time. That really sucks if we are going to a event where we need to be close to get good photos like a function at school for the kids.
Last year we were so far from the Christmas play that you could barely tell Santa from his reindeer. If you have a similar issue with getting places on time what you need is a new camera like the Canon SX30 IS that debuted today with a substantial 35x optical zoom lens. The camera can also record 720p HD video using the full zoom range of the lens.
The focal range of the camera is 24mm to 840mm and that 24mm is wide angle to get more of a scene in from close up. The camera has a 14.1MP image sensor and has tons of automatic features and scene settings to make it easy to use. The LCD on the camera is 2.7-inches and is angle adjustable for Live View image shooting. The SX30 IS will ship in September for $429.99 (USD).