Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and would be greatful of some advice please.

Im looking to buy a new compact camera, under 100 preferably. This will be to take pics of my young children. Could you please recommend a few compacts that will help me capture those memorable moments instead of the back of their heads(as I do with old samsung 250). At first I thought this would be down to shutter speed, but after reading up I now believe it may be the shutter lag. I know you only get what you pay for but any good advice would be welcomed.
Other features I require are:

* reliable
* Good in darker environments (for discos etc)
* good for continuous shots
* takes a decent pictures for the family album
* maybe has an auto mode so you don't have to try 10 different modes before you select the right one to get a decent pic

*I'm not bothered about its videoing capabilities, if any.

I was looking at the cannon 490, for fifty pound, will this do the job?
Again any recommendations will be much appreciated. as there are so many models to chose from.