You won't get a better camera in this price range
This camera is great. At under $300AUD. Nothing else comes near it for value. I know, I've been looking for almost 3 years.
Light weight with an excellent though not silent, 45 x optical zoom, producing fine quality photos, it will suit all but pros (who might need; super enlargements, more manual control or super-fast action).
You can set it on "Auto" and have your easy to use "point and shoot" (which we use) or "Live" which gives you the ability to change more settings for more technical and artistic shots. As with most digital cameras, it doesn't always know what to focus on but with time to re-frame the shots, we usually get a good one
We've used it on 2 road trips now and are really happy with the results.