Let me start off by saying that I searched "budget camera" and came up with a lot of SX260HS and S100 suggestions. Thanks, but that is too much camera here.
My daughter is looking for a new camera. I told her to buy me a 5D3 and she can have 60D! She wants something a bit smaller than a gripped 60D. Anyway....
Her requirements are:
$200 absolute max budget.
must be pocket-able, no bridge or superzooms
no manual controls required.
no really long zoom required.
no raw required.
she has HD video camcorder, so video not required.
no brand loyalty at all. Whatever works.
I looked around and there are exactly 72 kazillion cameras that meet her qualifications. Is this just a matter of 'pick the pretty one' and be happy, or is there a real difference at this level? She just want to be able to snap some shots of her 3 year old son.