Pentax has announced the Optio 50L, a low-end 5 megapixel compact built with ease-of-use in mind. They are advertising a "Simple" mode that allows you to select optimal settings for a particular subject just by choosing a comparable icon (wait, don't all digi-cams have this special mode nowadays?). It's packed with 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, 12MB internal memory with an SD card slot for more storage, and it takes AA batteries. Price is unknown, but it's set to be available this December.
Pentax Optio 50L [Letsgodigital]