Originally Posted by sd4chiefs
I don't care that much about video. I looking at something not too big, 20x zoom, multiple fps. Can you give me some pointers on what other things that may be important like White balance, shutter speed, memory formats, flash range?
Point and shoots probably all have the same basic white balance settings. I find auto white balance to be inaccurate, and any will give you a problem in combination lighting. The somewhat higher end compacts and some of those super zooms have manual settings, so you can probably dial in whatever shutter speed or white balance for whatever kind of shot you're trying to get.
Pretty much every camera except for high end dslrs use SD cards. On camera flash generally sucks across the board, IMHO. I suppose try to find one that your finger doesn't block when you're trying to use it. If you are somewhat steady handed and/or pick a camera with good image stabilizer, slow shutter is a good way to utilize the flash, provided the subject is as still as you want it (or not, for cool light trail effect.)