My real camera is a Canon. It's a digital one and I bought it because it had awesome optical zoom. It doesn't get much use though, like they say, the best camera is the one you have with you and the one I have with me most of the time is attached to my iphone.
I started out with a Kodak, then a Cannon, now a SONY DSLR. I find that my Sony is very good at sports photography as it has a fast shutter speed and stabilizer. I hear Cannon is much better for colours than Sony but that doesn't bother me as I tend to touch up my photos in Photoshop if need be.
I have a Canon 18x optical zoom, SX610HS. I've had it about 2 years. My last camera packed up while flying interstate, so had a buy a new camera, when I arrived! I still have my last 3 old camera, even though none of them work, I just like to keep them anyway. 1 is a little (pink) Sony Cybershop, 16.1 Mega-Pixers. Another is also a Sony, 20.1 Mega-Pixers. The 3rd 1 was a Canon,8X Optical Zoom w/ 16.0 Mega-Pixers. I take my camera with me everywhere. In my early teens, & like most other people, I had a Kodak Box Brownie, but i can't remember what I had in-between that 1, & before i started on my last 4.