Kodak and Panasonic
I have a Kodak P850 which is 12x zoom, 5 mp. It is almost two years old so it has of course been replaced by other models. I believe Kodak has a new one coming out soon called the Z885 which looks similar but don't know the specs on it. I have been very happy with it! However, I always wanted a smaller camera with decent zoom and megapixels to carry with me on "anytime" basis as I tend to be lazy. My husband came through this Christmas and got me a Panasonic LZ5 which cost about $179 at the time, but I know it has dropped in price as again newer models came out. I am VERY happy with this little camera, it's got a 6x zoom and 6 mp. A little bigger than a lot of the slim, trim ones, but I think I'd rather know I am holding something. It has everything from a simple setting to scene modes. Both of my cameras have Image Stabilization which I think everyone should look for in their cameras, it really helps, it is not perfect but it helps! My friend got a Nikon L6 and it's much simpler than mine and it doesn't have Image Stabilization and she just gave me some of her pictures, it is capable of taking very nice shots, but I think she's having trouble finding a good basic setting to keep it on as I found her camera is shooting at 800 ISO and she has many blurred shots, so we need to have a photo safari so I can help her get the best use of the camera. Before my husband got mine I was considering the Nikon L5 (which has IS). Another friend has the Sony T10 which is 3x, but I have not seen many of her shots, but I know that also has IS.