At $260 the Canon PowerShot A720 IS isn't a bad buy.
Wize.com rates it a 91.
Let's take a look at the specs to see what we have here:
8 MP resolution
Easy-to-use circular dial for controls Manual controls of M (full manual) Av Aperture priority and Tv Shutter priority
Five scene auto modes
Uses two AA batteries
VGA movies (30 frames/sec)
Up to 1600 ISO
Exposure compensation in 1/3 stop increments
6X optical zoom