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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z57
Equipped with a relatively large screen (2.7 inches) and 400-shot battery life, the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z57 is easy to use, even if images are only snapshot quality. It retails for $254.
Fujifilm FinePix F10
The 6.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F10 is priced at $280. It takes good, grain-free photos even in low light, according to New York Times consumer technology writer David Pogue, although the camera includes few scene presets or manual controls.
HP Photosmart R817
The HP Photosmart R817 features 5x zoom and 5.1-megapixel resolution, with 32MB of internal memory and a 2-inch display. Price is about $255.