I went out and splurged on a new compact Canon camera, the SD40 Digital Elph.
This baby is really small, about half the size of my palm.
The flash is a little small too, only illuminating to about six or eight feet, which is a bit short for a lot of the stuff that I do. Still it should work fine for a second camera. It does seem to handle low light pretty well, and there are in camera adjustments that I can use to improve that.
I wasn't too impressed with the documentation, particularly the setup descriptions; and I would rather not use a cradle, but I guess that's the trade off you have for the small size.
There is supposedly some anti shake technology built into the camera, but I didn't notice that it made a marked improvement in the inside shots I took without a flash. I probably need to experiment a bit more, and compare to some shots taken with another camera to get a better idea of how it's actually doing.
There does seem to be more of a learning curve than I really want with a second camera though. I don't want to be spending all my time experimenting, I just want some good point and shoot pictures. --gk