Ok, here are the cameras that have been recommended to me (based on what I will be using it for--a little art, a little normal stuff--and what I'm looking for size-wise). I'm having a HUGELY rough time deciding what I want... 5MP or 7MP? Cheaper or more expensive? So here's what was recommended:
Nikon Coolpix 5900 $349.95
Nikon Coolpix 7900 $439.95
Nikon Coolpix 5600 $279.95 - not out yet
Nikon Coolpix 7600 $369.95 - also not out yet
I realize they're all Nikon CoolPix cameras, but the recommendor owns a camera store (I used their pricing) and knows his stuff (and uses a CoolPix himself). And of the different kinds he showed me, these have the features I'm looking for (and a little more), though I wasn't able to actually see to x600's. I trust this guy and know he knows what he's talking about (I've known him since I was 5--his daughter is my best friend) and his family has been in the camera business since 1918 (haha yay for the website!).
I really wasn't planning on spending more than $400, but its tempting to get the 7900... but it's also tempting to wait for the 7600 and get that. ARGH! Decisions decisions!!
Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.