Fuji F30 ISO Series
Thanks to a comment by Fazal Majid in the "Improving the Ixus" post, I looked into the FujiFilm F30 a bit. One unusual feature it has is that it will take two near-instantaneous pictures, one with flash and one without, so you can compare flash vs. natural light. (The last time I did that was many years ago, but it convinced me not to use flash except where absolutely necessary.) And check out this impressive ISO series by Stephanie Seto. I haven't personally owned a digital point-and-shoot for a while now, but even my old Sony F707 (hardly a pocket camera) was seriously impaired at ISO 400. Hard to tell from Stephanie's series exactly how practical the F30 would actually be in low light, but on the surface at least her trials look impressive.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON