I may get negative rep points for this but I must say it.
Stay away from Sony digital cameras. Their proprietary memory sticks are a rip off. In addition, their lens suck under low light.
With that said, I like Nikon, Canon and Olympus cameras. First, do not be fooled by Megapixels. Unless you are printing posters, there is no need to go above 3.3 MPs. Even 3.3 MPs is too much. I have owned my camera for many many years and have never taken a pic at 3.3Mps. I just do not have a need to print posters.
Second, ask yourself if size matters. Those cute little pocket cameras usually have inferior lenses and shutter speeds. They are OK for point and shoot but when it gets a tad dark or you want to take pics of live action stuff, the pics will be blurry.
Get something you want to carry around, with a good aperture
2.8 or lower and the fastest shutter speed you can find. Easo of use is also a factor. Look for easy navigation menus.
My Olympus 3040z is an older model and it still takes great pics. Just this Sunday, in dimly lit cloudy conditions, it took excellent pics of bikes traveling at 90+MPH.
With that said, I can not recommend anything offhand. Do some research base on the specs you require and play with a few models in the store. Good luck.