After much research and technical reading, I have narrowed it down to two different cameras. Whichever one I can find a better deal on will be the chosen one.
I like this one because it is small, has a wide angle feature, and because the ISO can be cranked way up – hooray!
I like this one because it has HUGE ZOOM, a wide angle feature, and it looks bad ass (bad ass – translated: like I might know what I am doing).
They are both way better than any camera I have ever owned, so I am excited either way. Let the deal stalking commence!