You might look at the Sony H9. This is from stevesdigcams.com
It averages 1.7 seconds without flash and 2.5 seconds with the flash between shots. If single shot mode is not enough for you, the H7 also offers a burst shooting mode. There is no flash usage in burst mode, but the performance was pretty good. I captured 11 images in 5 seconds and spread evenly every 1/2 second. These numbers held up for roughly 15 seconds before the camera started to slow down. Even though it slowed to around 1 second per image, it never stopped capturing images. All tests where done using automatic settings and a Sony Memory Stick PRO Dual 1GB card shooting at 8megapixel fine resolution (results may vary).
It has 15x zoom on it and produces fine pictures. It falls under the your $400 price limit. If you don't mind a smaller screen without the swivel then you could go with the H7.
You do have to expect a superzoom not to perform miracles in low light or fast action. They are compact and give a large focal range, but there are trade-offs.
I am going to purchase my second digital camera this coming week. My first is a canon. I don't remember what model, but what I know is, it seems to take forever between shots, and the zoom is not very good. Now that my kids are into activities I need something better.
What I basically want out of a camera is something where I can snap off pictures pretty quickly in between them, and a good zoom. My son is in the percussion in band, so he's in the back. Also, like at baseball games. I want to be able to zoom in and get good shots. I didn't realize how bad my zoom was till the last band concert when I couldn't take a pic of him. I would also like to be able to video on it if possible. I would like to keep the price less than 400.00 if possible. Thanks for all your help. Kat
Oh, I don't mess with manual controls too much. I just want to be able to aim and shoot.