Hello All, It's time for me to break down and get a P&S. I have a Canon 5D2 and love it but with a 1 and 5 year old it's a little big to bring everywhere we go. Budget: My birthday is coming up so we'll just keep under $500 Size: Pocket Features: Fast shutter speed to capture my kids both indoors and out. How many megapixels will suffice for you? 10 or more What optical zoom will you need? Ultrazoom = 10x-12x How important is “image quality” to you? 9 to 10 Do you care for manual exposure modes? Not really that important, if I want that type of control I'll bring my big camera What will you generally use the camera for? Taking photos of my kids (action), nature photography, everyday events Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? 8x10 and maybe 12x12 but most often 4x6 and 5x7 Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes Right now the camera that has caught my eye is the Sony HX5V Cyber-shot but open for better options. Other cameras that I think are in this class are Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7, Samsung HZ35W, Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, Casio Exilim EX-FH100, Fuji FinePix F80EXR, Ricoh CX3.