I am a big fan of the Canon Digital Elph Powershot series.
Prior to 2010, my photos have been shot with the S230 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera.
When that broke, I picked up the SD880IS with wide angle lens and I could not be happier.
The SD940IS seems to be the newest version of my camera.
$190.00 at Amazon.
Canon website information on this model.
Since I have only owned 2 digital cameras, can not say that I am an expert, but they have served me long and well.
That said, please note that the photo essays that I have posted...the photos have been cleaned up using Photoshop Elements version 7.0, using the auto idiot features.
Just my two cents.