If you want a good camera and one that is compact, but takes a great picture I suggest the Samsung L830: http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/samsung/l830/samsung-l830-review.html
It is comparable to the Nikon cool pix, and the pictures it takes is clear and concise. I have a friend who is a semi Professional photographer and this Samsung is one of the cameras she uses. It can also does video. The Cannon is also a good camera, but the Samsung really shines as far as ease of usage and what you can do with it. Joan
This picture was shot with a Samsung Digital Camera.