I like the eye controlled focus (on an Elan IIe and an Elan 7e - both of which I paid less than $50.00 for).

Of course, until very recently I never had any auto-focus, so take my comment with that in mind.

I would suggest to Christopher that the differences between all of the cameras listed in Fred's eight camera list are essentially refinements, and therefore the choice of what would be "best" for Christopher is most likely only determinable by Christopher.