This is the best little digital camera on the market right now...
I bought 7 of these for our top sales accociates this year and one for my mom. They were a huge hit at the anual sales meeting, everyone loves them. Super easy to use (my mom uses her's avidly, that's saying alot), most functions are accessed through the touch screen. Great auto-focus but, you can also set everything manually. The size is perfect. Small enough to go with you anywhere and yet not too small, so it's not awkward to use. Not to mention a whopping 8.1 mega pixels, 3x optical zoom and huge LCD screen. Too cool to really explain how cool it is. You want this camera, trust me.
P.S. Don't forget to order a 1GB memory stick DUO for it. You'll want it especially if you take 8mp photos and it's not much more expensive than the 512mb.