Cheap mini digicams

I want a new digital camera. I currently have a href="http://www.everythingusb.com/hardware/index/Logitech_Pocket_Digital_Camera.htm">Logitech
Pocket Digital (without flash), and it is a seriously frustrating
little camera. There is always a very good chance that a shot in full
sunlight will not turn out, and anything less than that it’s not worth
trying. You can see here the difference between its output and that of
an average consumer digicam, borrowed from Candice. Click the images for 640×480 versions.

Logitech sample picture   Nyxie's camera sample picture

While I am sure there is some value in the whole 1970s 110-cartridge
look, it is not what I am after.

Do any of you have recommendations for a camera? Roughly what I need
is:

  • Inexpensive: I have a good camera that I take with me when I want to
    Be A Photographer, and this one is the spare that I carry everywhere,
    and thus will only be minorly inconvenienced if it is lost or broken.

  • OK quality: I need it to take good VGA-size photos in sunlight and with
    flash, and that’s about all I expect. I don’t want an Elph, for
    instance, because it is more camera than I need.

  • Simple: I don’t need a lot of features here. I want point-and-click
    for this one.

  • Small and light: If it is heavy or big I won’t always carry it with
    me, which is the whole point.

If it’s something I can also use as a webcam (triggering the shutter
with software), even better. Thanks!

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