I have the S7000 and as brnd said it is amazing. The best feature is the 12MP interpolated image quality. I am still no expert with it and I am sure it takes far better pictured then I have to date. To keep you within your price range the S5000 or a stretch to the S7000 is a great cam. The Canons IMO
pass the Finepix but just by a hair and I have heard great things about the Nikkon as well. But for me, S7000 all the way. It feels sturdy in your hand as opposed to a lighter plastic piece and contrary to popular believe you can use additional lenses.