At that price point, it's a rough call. This morning compgeeks.com had their sunrise sale going on and the camera I noted at http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-7593-0.html?forumID=58&threadID=31537&messageID=360416&tag= was all of 268 bucks. That's a 4 megapixel with 10X zoom, burst mode, some manual control, nice LCD, camera dock, battery and all refurbed by Kodak. I like mine and am getting better at what can be done with it.
I want a fairly compact camera, 3-4 megapixels, and around $300, but would sacrifice a little size for a broad feature set (manual controls, scene modes, etc). I looked at the Powershot A75 and Coolpix 3200. I liked the Nikon's size, but it didn't have any manual control and the screen was small. I looked at the A80 too but it looks like a new one will come out soon. I also am considering the Kodak DX7440. The Kodak is looking the most appealing right now, but I don't know how large it is compared to the Canons and the Nikon. Which is best?