It sounds like you're in need of a point and shoot camera. There is a multitude available in the 5 to 7 megapixel range -Canon SD500, HP Photosmart R717, Casio EX-P700, Sony DSC-V3, Fujifilm Z1, etc. Think about what features are most important to you -small size, optical viewfinder, LCD screen size, flash range, etc. Optical zoom is the true physical capability of the camera's lens. When that lens can't zoom in any further, digital zoom begins to magnify the image. At this point it is no longer a function of the lens, but a function of the camera electronics. (Which reduces picture quality.)