When it comes to cameras, Ricoh isn't really a brand that stands out for most people. But they've been around forever and though their stuff isn't always the best quality, you could usually count on a good price. The new Ricoh Caplio GX8 is a new 8 megapixel, compact camera that looks like it might be the breakout product for the company. Comes with a wide angle 28-85mm lens, minimal shutter lag and a great macro-mode for really close up photos (go up to 1cm). Goes for about $400.
Ricoh Caplio GX8 [photography blog]