There are still quite a few people manufacturing 35mm point & shoot compacts such as Fuji, Samsung, Canon, Konica Minolta, Rollei, Halina etc etc. You can't really go wrong with any of them and if you want to get one for next to nothing and in nearly new state then you will find literally hundreds for sale on ebay. And after Christmas there will be even more as people who've been given a digital compact rush to unload last year's 35mm compact on ebay!
But one camera I have from the 80's that matches it in picture quality is the first Nikon OneTouch (fixed lens, not the later zooms). These can be had for $5 to $10 on EBay, and the excellent condition ones are a steal. Camera was made back in the days when P/S cameras hadn't yet miniaturized too much, so it's not shirt pocketable. But it's got a nice heft to it - there must be a lot of metal inside or thicker-than-normal plastic. It has a very good 4-element lens and a larger flash than the Epic. Runs on AA batteries.
Back to the Epic: As mentioned by a post above, the Epic has a bias toward wide apertures and fast shutter speeds. It's therefore best to use it with 400 ISO films to ensure adequate DOF in case the focus is slightly off.