I was happy with the response to my external hard drive recommendation thread, so let's see how you all do a second time.
After a digital camera this time to replace a Casio Exilim that was bought in 2005 and has just died. Requirements are that it is as high on the megapixels as possible (12 seems to be standard now), or otherwise has a lens that will adequately compensate (I should point out that I know nothing about this sort of thing). At least a 5x Optical Zoom is also a requirement. Price range is up to about £250 for the right model, though preferably around £200. Again, don't mind spending more for a superior product.
I will reiterate that I know very little about digital cameras. I was considering a Panasonic Lumix, but the girlfriend doesn't like the turning switch to change modes on the top (perhaps a little particular, but it is for her).
Let me know what you all think. I am also more than happy for people to put explanations as to why a particular model is better; I am here to learn.