What is a good camera brand or a specific camera that is cheap and has a good zoom like 8x?

Nikon, Canon, Sony etc., are all very good and economical too. The differentiator should not be the price, but how it feels in your hand. Can the camera take the types of pictures that you want to take. Also, very few cameras have 8x optical zoom. Digital zoom is not very good as the picture quality will be poos and you will not like the results of digital zooms. Make sure that the camera you buy has 8x optical zoom.