My apologies if this has been asked a million times but it's time consuming sifting through X vs Y when I just want to know a quick and dirty answer - ok, not "dirty". I've been reading as much as possible and I feel like my head is going to explode because the more I read, the more indecisive I become.
I'm looking for a compact camera that supports RAW image, has great optical zoom - 10x or more would be nice, image stabilization, and probably something else. A hot shoe would be nice but not necessary. Price range: $250-$350
Thanks for your help.