Hi everyone! I have been asked by a friend of mine for advice on a P&S system, and which to buy. Unfortunately, I know nothing about what cameras are good outside of DSLRs, so I am at a loss for what to recommend, and I don't even know where to begin looking on this forum.

She did give me what kind of features she is looking for, and a $300 price ceiling. I don't think that all of her demands will be met (at all), but I am hoping to at least point her in the right direction with features.

She wants a camera that is decent in low light, and has a decent zoom to get her closer to birds "and other pretty things". She has a basic background in photography from back in the day, so she wants to be able to use the camera on fully manual if possible. She also has two younger kids and a couple of cats, so I'm sure those will be her subjects often. She isn't really thinking about prints, so high MPs aren't a requirement.

I hope this is enough information for suggestions!

Thanks!