I know there are other cheaper cameras out there but this has a 15x OPTICAL Zoom, not Digital which can make a huge difference to your pictures when zooming in.
Samsung WB600 12MP Digital Compact Camera - Black.
With a 24mm ultra-wide angle lens and 15X Super-zoom, the WB600 lets you capture the whole world and bring it closer. Plus with Samsungs Full Manual Control lets you capture those moments you might otherwise miss out on in auto mode.
Model number EC-WB600ZBPBGB
•Metal and plastic body.
•24mm wide angle lens.
•15 x optical zoom.
•5 x digital zoom.
•3in LCD screen.
•Dual digital and optical anti-blur.
•Face detection up to 9 faces.
•Red eye reduction.
•Memory card compatibility: SD.
•720p high definition movie capture and playback with sound.
•Maximum ISO 3200.
•14 scene modes.
•Intelligent scene mode.
•Accessories included: USB cable carry strap.
•Size H10.66, W6.05cm.
•Depth of camera when switched off 2.8cm.