not the greatest for bells and whistles, or numerous shooting mode functions, but the lenses are good and cameras retain handling and feel of typical compact, PLUS they do seem to be available for really good prices e.g. PC World/dixon have the cx4300 for £150
You will see that, I started looking at below £200 but ended up with the Canon A70, and i am well chuffed with my decision. The best advice I received was to research, research and research!(it took me weeks to narrow my shortlist down to three or was two or four!).
Also once you have narrowed your choice down to say three or four get along to a good camera shop and get your hands on them to see how comfortable you are with them.
BTW, what is your budget as of course this will influence anybody's recommendations.
Here I am; though later this week I am off on holiday, so will be missing for over a fortnight. (Thank heavens, I hear you say). We really need to know your budget, to advise you better. However, if the A70 is within your range the Canon A70 is £236.53 from
but the good news is that Jessops will price match internet prices. Just go into one of their shops, have a look at the camera, and if you like it, tell them about cameras2u. They will need to call to confirm the price; cameras2U phone number is