Canon Powershot. Digital Elph, S300. Not only does it take great pics (AND VIDEO CLIPS, see my web page's screenshots section), it's got the best overall zoom and quality for about $550
And it's DAMN small!
Oh, on another note, I'm not sure about Merlin or what it is, but a couple of companies intend on packaging the next generation of PocketPCs with Crusoe Processors, and as anyone who owns a Sony VAIO Picturebook knows, that rocks!
Imagine a PocketPC runnign at 667 mhz or better!
> Thanks Popeye, it's always great to see you around here. :) Seriously, I know
> how you feel. I want to get a digital camera next. But you truly will love the
> Pocket PC. Take a close look at Casios and @migos, as they have the best
> controls of the Pocket PC's. Next year the "Merlin" class Pocket PC's will
> arrive, and my bet is they'll have around 300 - 400 Mhz and likely be able to
> emulate NeoGeo games! Not to mention having the great classics full speed. An
> arcade in your pocket, who'd have ever thought?! =) And hey, it's a fine PDA and
> MP3 player as well!