The LX7 is better than the A610 in every way, and can often be found discounted to under $300 (unfortunately, you just missed a Groupon for $240, which ended yesterday).
I had the A610 forever ago, but it's still my favorite camera I've ever had. It was fast and the quality was excellent. It was kinda big for a p&s, but it was worth carrying around. Lots of manual controls, but good in auto mode as well.
Would love to hear your recommendations.
Not looking for a SLR.
Here's a sample pic I took years ago.