If you are accustom to a film SLR, I don't think you would be happy with a point-and-shoot camera very long.
Under $300 is mostly point-and-shoot territory.
Canon has the A70, A75 (3 meg, 3X) which falls into this price range. It is an intermediate camera with lots of manual over-ride capabilities.
For about $175, you can get the 2 meg, 3X Canon A60. Except for the 2 meg, it is identical to the A70.
This will give you something to compare to, when looking at other cameras.
After reading through some posts, I realize that I could be asking better questions, and perhaps be gaining better answers!
I primarily want to use a digital camera on vacations, sightseeing, out on the town- and will probably never print above a 5X7 size. I plan on printing my images from disk, choosing the best images to reproduce, and will probably e-mail to friends also. I want something that will produce clear, sharp images, but really don't want to spend over $300.00.
I am used to my minolta X-700slr (older manual) with a bulky flash and lenses, and want something easier to travel with.
Thanks so much!