Advice please! Camera - good IQ & low light on budget

Started Oct 24, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Marla
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Advice please! Camera - good IQ & low light on budget

I have a friend who asked me to advise her on a p&s - she is leaving for vacation at the end of the week! Her budget is about $250 - squeeze to $300. A wide (28mm) and a decent zoom would be nice. (Yes I know, the price is now rising!). However, there are some nice images around here with less than expensive cameras. I have been checking reviews till I'm blue in the face so thought I would get some first hand experience.

She prefers straight using auto - or something she can use with the least amount of changing the settings. She wants something she can use indoors - so it either has to be good in low light - or at least have a decent flash that won't kill the image.

It does not have to be a brand new camera - KEH and sometimes Adorama keep a large selection of used , refurbished and older cameras in stock, so that may be an option.

Thanks for any advice.

Maria
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