Nikon Coolpix 2100 review
Excellent features, lenses, quality, support (including online). Does everything you might want, including close-ups, 8x10" prints (no, it's not Elliott Porter, but it's quite good), good battery life. No, it's NOT obsolete, and can be picked up at great price at ebay, etc. (3100 is as good, with a few more pixels.) Even good battery life.
Just be REAL careful not to drop it. Use the strap all the time.