"if there's a better one, I can't find it"4.5 starson by rmundell
Pros: portability, picture quality, optical viewfinder, easy controls, fast.
Cons: some advanced options on digital menus buried a bit deep
Summary: The key to great pictures is having the camera with you when opportunities arise. How many times do you not have the DSLR when a great shot is available. For those of us who don't have time to go looking for photo ops, the key is to have a camera thats always with you.
This one takes great shots in every kind of light (has ISO 800, is every bit as versatile as anyone but a pro could possibly need, and is one of the few in this size range to keep an optical viewfinder. That means that a single battery can last through an entire vacation if you use the optical viewfinder for daytime shots. I carry one spare battery, a 1 gig SD card, and can travel anywhere, taking hundreds of perfect shots, because the camera is always in a shirt pocket or on my belt, and I can go days without the need to recharge a battery.
Replaced a canon S400 which was also a great little camera. I never touch the DSLR.