I looked at getting my dad a camera for Christmas, I also was looking in the $200 range. The 2 I looked at were the Canon SX260 and the Nikon S9300. The guys at Cardinal Camera recommended the Canon SX260. It was nice, I played with it in the store. Seems to be what you are looking for, 20x zoom, $199, pocketable though its not super compact. I ended up getting my dad the Nikon s9300 because the store only had the Canon in teal and a magenta type color, not what I would give dad The Nikon is 18x zoom, $199 and it is silver I actually liked the Nikon better when I played with them in the store but both guys that worked there had the Canon as a backup to their Nikon dslr's and really like it. Oh and to add....my DH's llittle Nikon p&s died recently so I have him my Canon A560. I wanted another p&s for myself but I wanted a wider angle than some of the cheaper p&s's have. I checked out the Canon S110 but it was pricey so one day while on Nikon Cafe I saw some photos taken with a Nikon P310. I found a refurbed one for $150 and bought it. I really like it! The only reason I didn't go for that one for dad is the flash doesn't pop up automatically when needed which I didn't think he would like having to pay that much attention to.