You should check out the new Sony T10.
Very low shutter lag times and fast flash recycle time.
Just a word about flash:
When you are taking photo quickly one after another.
The time between photos will be longer when using flash.
This is because the flash capacitor has to recharge.
The flash will recharge quicker if the battery is freshly recharged.
The flash recharge time is also affected by how far away the subject is.
Here is a review:
she's had two sony cybershots and is looking for something with 5M pixels or more and wants something that is ready to shoot with flash quickly. We have a three year old and sometimes, okay a lot of the times the moment has passed before she can get the shot off. She's tired of waiting for the flash.
so the criteria =
quickly ready to shoot with flash
5M or more pixels
decent sized viewer to check the shots
probably a max of $500
thanks I'll hang up and listen