Timely topic, as I am on the hunt too. I forget what model it is, but I have a 12MP Canon super zoom compact pint and shoot that runs off aa batteries. It is over 10 years old. It takes incredible photos. I have some blown up and made into canvas. I scratched the lens on it though, and it now sits at my camp. I thought I upgraded when I bought its successor in an SX620HS. It is a horrible camera. I'll allow that it could be me, but I cannot get it to take a decent picture. With the old one, I could put it on auto, zoom in and have a print quality pic. Not so with the new one. When I view them on the computer, there is no sharpness and when I zoom in, they are pixelated.
I don't mind spending more money on a new camera, but I don't want to do so and get one like this last one. This is a good as the sx620 can do. This distance and these colors should absolutely pop.
Here's another disappointment. The way these animals are staged would have made for a great photo, if the camera did its job.