Summary: We have a Pentax Optio 7.0 MP camera that we love. When we saw the Pentax Optio 7.1 and the price that it was being sold for, we had to get it. We gave this camera as a graduation gift. Pentax has some of the best point and shoot camera's around. You don't need a college education to operate it. Just take it out of the box, put the batteries in, and you are ready to take some great pictures.
Summary: I got this used for $35 and I've really enjoyed it. It is small and slick, but not flimsy. The pictures are clear and large, so 7.1 MP works fine. I eventually found a correct charger, battery life is good. My only complaint would maybe be it's a bit hard to hold on to compared to some others I've used. Good product, though. It's pretty good with flash off. For $80 or whatever it might go for... I don't know, can't comment on the alternatives. Works well with tripods.
Summary: We bought this as a replacement camera for our son, and it takes amazing pictures. The clarity and color is excellent, as well as it has one of the best macro close-ups on a point and shoot that I have seen. Great camera!