So here's the deal. I mainly use my camera for spontaneous and posed family photos, family vacation mementos, etc. However, my older son is mildly autistic and freaks out about the flash on a camera to the point where he won't look at a camera if he thinks there's going to be a flash. So I'm in the market for a portable, convenient pocket camera that does better than average with the flash disabled. Respectable low-light shots would also be nice, as sometimes my kids are doing something hilarious in a room that's not well lit and my current camera causes a massive flash whiteout in the picture. My current camera is a Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS. I've had it for years and have no idea whether it's considered quality or not. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. $600 or under would be nice. Less is better but I'm willing to pay for quality. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? Pocket-size is important. I'm not looking to lug a DSLR around; I want something that can slip in my pocket when we go on a family outing. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? My current camera is 8 megapixels and I find that totally sufficient. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Something run-of-the-mill like 3x would be fine. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) If I didn't care about image quality, would I have registered on a camera website to discuss cameras? I don't get this question. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I prefer if the camera does most of the heavy lifting itself. I'm not an art photographer trying to do all this myself; I want something that automatically knows what the "best tool for the job" for a mainstream-style photo is, and sets those settings itself. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? See the description at the start of the post. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Probably up to 8x10 for framing in the house. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes; see the start of this post. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes. Kids don't stay still for movement. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I like Sony overall but know nothing about their cameras (I have a Bravia and two Vaios and a PS2). My father, who takes photography seriously, has always bought Canons (the fancy type, not point and shoots); he's the one who got me the PowerShot I currently have. Overall, I don't have any strong feelings about brands, though I'd like something recognizable and mainstream. Are there particular models you already have in mind? I'm curious if the Sony RX-100 is the right fit for what I'm talking about; I remember reading some positive reviews in not-photography-specific tech blogs and it sounded cool. It's at the very upper end of my budget, though. If there's something out there that would be just as good for half the price, well that's that. (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Nothing springs to mind, unless image stabilization would help with no-flash photography.