I'd recommend an Elph as well. We've owned 2 and obviously liked the first one enough to buy a 2nd one when the first one wore out. Currently DH has an Elph 1400 (orange!) and it's a pretty nice little camera that does everything you mentioned and it's under $200 (barely). It's on Amazon.com for $192. The only thing DH doesn't like about it is that it's slow between pictures. You can set it to take rapid sequential shots, but if you just want a couple shots, it'll take a few seconds to get ready again. Something that frustrates me is that it's only a 4x optical zoom, but it all depends what you want to use it for if it'll work for you. I think if you want a better zoom option or a little faster recovery time, you would be looking at a bit higher $$. Even though it's a little over your budget, that 300 looks pretty good.