I went for a Samsung with built-in wifi, good zoom abilities and a large touch-screen on the back so you can manually choose the focus point.
The picture links to Amazon although the price is about £20 higher than when I bought it a month ago (when it was about 65% off) so if you are looking for one you might want to see if the price goes down again in the next few weeks.
I had it forwarded on from the UK since these things are uber expensive here and it arrived last week. I clearly needed to take it for a test drive, but where to go? I checked what I had taken the most photos of since I had arrived and the answer became clear.
Bruiser was in a particularly malevolent mood and moved each time he caught me looking at him so I could only snap him from behind. I can't help thinking he is one rescue cat who did not appreciate being rescued.
The camera has a few fun features like this split mode, although you can have other arrangements of sections.
And then there is the picture within a picture.
Bit odd but I am sure there is a use for it somewhere along the line.
I have some more conventional tests for it planned for the great outdoors but I'm happy with the cat close ups so as far as I'm concerned this is a good choice for a new camera!