CHEAP $219 OLYMPUS BRIO D-100 This 1.3-megapixel camera is all you need if you're not going to be making prints any bigger than snapshots. The camera produces sharp images and slips easily into your pocket, and its system for transferring images to your computer is a breeze to operate. www.olympusamerica.com
MODERATE $600 SONY CYBERSHOT DSC-P5 A 3.3-megapixel camera that delivers great picture resolution in an attractive, compact package with easy-to-navigate menus. If you want to trim your costs, the Sony DSC-P3 model offers all the same features, except the 3X optical zoom, for $100 less.