Olympus Stylus 710
The Olympus Stylus 710 digital camera has a great variety of useful features in key areas, which makes this model a really good choice. Another good thing about it is its price. You probably will be able to find this model for less than $300 quite easily.
If you're able to get good enough lighting conditions, the Stylus 710's 7.1 megapixels of resolution will give you prints in sizes up to 13x18 inches in professional-quality. In fact, the camera's resolution is one of the highest available in this price category (digital cameras around $300). However, comparing with other high-resolution digital cameras Stylus 710's indoor photo quality leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, the outdoor image quality of the camera is very good. So generally speaking, image quality of this model is somewhat lower than in other 7-plus megapixel cameras. However, the quality is great for this price range models.
One of the greatest features of the Stylus 710 is its simplicity. In fact, it is rather hard to find a model that's easier to use than this one. If you're looking for a simple point-and-shoot model, the Stylus 710 is just the one for you. If you need to use some of the intermediate features, you can always go through the detailed descriptions of each one of them since the camera has a built-in Help guide and Shooting guide.
The camera's 2.5-inch LCD is not the sharpest available, but it is bright enough to be viewable in all lighting conditions and is visible from almost any angle. The good visibility is very important since the LCD is the Stylus 710's only viewfinder. Another good feature of the camera is that even though it has an ultra-thin body and large LCD it is very easy to hold.
The response times are just outstanding for a digital camera of sub-300 price range. Tests show that you can start shooting after about 2 seconds after you've pressed the power button. Shutter lag is not noticeable (measures only a fraction of a second). Shot-to-shot delays are typically from 1 to 3 seconds; however, using the flash over long distances can increase the delay period a little.
You will probably have to make a few extra expenses with the Stylus 710. You'll probably need a second battery since this model only runs from a proprietary rechargeable battery. And even though this digital camera also goes with 19.1MB of internal memory, which is handy, it may be a good idea to buy a memory card.
Finally, the Stylus 710 also features a weatherproof camera body. This is a very useful thing when shooting in harsh conditions, such as rain, snow, etc. It won't protect the device completely in heavy rain though; so if you plan to do shooting in such conditions you may need to by the Stylus 710's underwater housing model PT-032.