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If you are planning on a Sony I think you will find that almost all of them use Sony's "Memory Stick" design of card. It is their proprietary type of memory. Memory sticks tend to be a bit more costly than other types but memory has come down a lot in price. Unless you already have a large amount of one type I would not let memory influence my choice of camera too much.
Most cards are resonably cheap these days and there are plenty about. The only ones that seems to slightly harder to find are xd as used by Fuji and Olympus cameras although there shouldn't be any problems finding them. I myself have a Sony Cybershot and its a cracking camera
I prefer SD cards many cameras do use this format . They are widely available and cheap . However the read/write speeds vary like many things the more you pay the faster they tend to be . Some High Streetstores charge outrageous prices though I saw some in T4 LHR for silly money ! So if you are using you camera in burst mode and/or writing RAW files you should get a fast card .
J2WO - its the format of the card that will be the issue not the make. It doesn't have to be a kodak card in a kodak camera. As said above if you really want to use the same card you need to get a camera which uses the same type of card - kodak from 2years ago probably uses an SD card, a sony will probably use a sony memory stick. Anyway, as the cameras improve with more megapixels, the size of the picture, in megabits, gets bigger so you need a bigger capacity card. Whilst you may not want to buy a specific camera to fit a one-off card type, it is convenient to have the same card type across devices if you have a number of toys - i try to stick to SD cards which fit my phone, pda, camera and laptop.
Also if you plan of getting a PDA or a GPS or anything else that might need a memory card (even my new tv has a slot for one) then think about something like an SD card which will generally cover all of your bases. Actually on that theme it is pretty cool to snap away some pics and then watch a slideshow on your tv.
There is a distinct time lag between click and capture in all the cybershots I've seen so far, and gives a good image only when in bright sunlight or with a flash at close range. Also the flash fills up too narrow a cone. I'd much rather pick a Canon powershot.
Thanks for the specifics. I guess it depends on what you are trying to do, different models have their strengths and weaknesses. Given that both WALSue and myself are very happy with Cybershots "Avoid like the bird Flu" seemed a bit of an overgeneralisation.