This evening, discovering I'd paid my card down enough, decided to finally order a new camera. Amazon(via Woot!) had a good deal on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 12.1 MP camera with 4x optical zoom in a one day deal for $69.99, and free shipping. List price was $119.98. Think the camera might be an older model, since it uses standard size SD cards for storage, instead of MicroSD, but it is WAY more advanced than the ol' Kodak, which I should have retired ages ago! Also ordered an 8GB SanDisk SDHC card to go with it, since the built in memory on the camera is only 20MB.
I've always been a "point and shoot" type person, so think this camera will do fine to replace the Kodak(it had NO optical zoom). Leo Laporte, a tech journalist, likes the higher end Lumix cameras, but I don't need anything "fancy" for the pictures I'll be taking. I think it's a good deal, went ahead and ordered it... just seeing what others might think of the purchase. Overall, customer reviews on Amazon were positive.
P.S. Back when I purchased the Kodak DX-3500 2.1MP in the year 2000, paid $399.99 for it at Office Depot... decent camera, but damned EXPENSIVE compared to what you can get nowdays!