On of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market currently is this one:
I've used its predecessor, Canon PowerShot 620, for quite a while, and I put quite a few pictures taken with it in the A.net database. I've exchanged it for the 630, here, just for example, is one of the pictures taken with it:
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Photo © Andrei Bezmylov
I'm very impressed with the camera. I do own a DSLR as well now but I'm planning to keep using the 630 for certain situations. One handy feature it has is the LCD
screen on a swivel, which allows to take pictures from above your head, from the ground level, and even from around a corner
It uses standard AA
batteries, and when I ran out of power in the rechargeable ones a couple of times, I was able to buy batteries at the nearest petrol station. The alkaline batteries will still last for 300 to 500 shots.