My wife goes through P&S cameras very fast. She takes LOTS of pictures of everything, especially the kids. Now she has three of them, all on the brink of death and will need a new one soon. She has used Fuji, Olympus, and Canon. Of course, it needs to be auto everything. A sharp lens. 2x zoom is probably good enough, although a non zoom is okay. Finding one that runs on AA batts would be good, but that is a pipe dream. Flash is a must. NOT digital, must be a film camera.

So what's the best one for the buck? How long should they last in your experience?

Thanks for the help.