Can't be done - the best pocket cam would be the FujiF31fd, but not for that money, and it is now discontinued..
For low light photos you really need a dSLR, save up for a Pentax K100D or Nikon D40, especially as the results are to be featured online..
If you liked the DSC-P32, why not get more of those? I see LOTS of them on ebay at reasonable prices. It was fixed focus, so it had no focus lag, and 3.2 megapixels, so it had low writing lag. I can understand that it fit to your purpose..
I've looked at your site, -nice site!-, and the limited autofocus of the DSC-P32 was targeted at just about exactly the distance you need, so that was just about perfect..
It might be good for you to test other current cameras that also have fixed focus or limited autofocus. Kodak and HP have a few. I don't think HP would work for you because it is poor for flash pictures...
(In the msg above, I meant fixed focal length, not fixed focus.)..
Alex: Can't be SLR, this things go to "war" every night .. they have to be compact and not delicate at all..
Thanks for the input though..
Ojohn: Thanks for the advice. But if we were going to buy something more *current* what would you advice?..
If you dig around enough you can find a Fuji F20 for your price range, excellent lowlight photos. Or hit ebay for used market as suggested. If you can spend a bit more you could find a fuji F31 refurb at the fujimall.com, but you will have to go on order. The F31 will give you a few manual features the F20 does not have.A picture is the expression of an impression.If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?Ernst Haas..
...in P mode with Auto ISO activated and optionnally a SB-800 flash unit..
This is IMHO the best point and shoot camera on earth..
The fuji f20 is my partying camera....
You can get nice and ship-faced without worrying about your equipment or somebody falling on it or tipping beer into your camera case!.
It's a favourite with friends too. they love it. they're always borrowing it because it's so simple to use...
Depending on the stability of your crew, you may want to get a few of these, too..
OMG, they don't know what else to invent to get our money. That tripod is unbelievable..
As many are saying, no better camera for party than Fuji F series which are F20, F30, F31, F40 and the latest F50. Of course the last one doesn't have the same reputation of the previews ones. You can get the F40 for the price you said or maybe the F20 for less, but it's hard to find. If you can find a new F31, you will be one lucky person..
Here are the links from Amazon:.
Depending on the stability of your crew, you may want to get a few ofthese, too..
'Practice doesnt make perfect, perfect practice doesnt make perfect. Practice makes improvements and improvements lead to excellence!'Just practice!.
Fujifilm Finepix E550 and F20Pentax K100d..
As many are saying, no better camera for party than Fuji F serieswhich are F20, F30, F31, F40 and the latest F50. Of course the lastone doesn't have the same reputation of the previews ones. You canget the F40 for the price you said or maybe the F20 for less, butit's hard to find. If you can find a new F31, you will be one luckyperson..
For indoor non-flash shots you'd be crazy to consider any other brand/type than the Fuji F series...
Fujifilm F20 meets your criteria - $144 at Amazon.com..