I’m also asked what point and shoot camera someone should buy and after responding to an email of a friend asking that question, here’s my answers:
Get one of Canon’s newest cameras (even though in the big professional cameras, I’d recommend a Nikon; just buy based on budget any of these).
Here’s the model numbers to try, in order of my favs:
Canon Powershot SD890 IS
Canon Powershot SD790 IS (just like 770 but bigger screen)
Canon Powershot SD770 IS