You could do a lot worse that this Nikon which is around your price depending on size of memeory card. You could get away with the 64meg card if only occassional use. click here It has a 3x optical zoom (dont buy one with digital zoom only as they are worse than useless). The only trade off in quality is that it is a 2m pixel wich would be fine for general use provided you dont want top quality A4 prints. They will be OK for 6 x 4 prints and really fine on PC screen.