While this isn't my typical kind of thing, I usually join a friend of mine at one of those Monster-Fest, Comic-Con type of events every March. I must admit, it's an entertaining experience. Lighting can be quite varied: from bright flourescent to fairly dim incandescent to mixed source. I typically bring my Olympus E-PM2 with the 17mm f/1.8 on it and get good results while only occasionally resorting to flash. But now, my friend wants to bring something better than his cell phone camera - but he wants something pocketable. I could loan him my Fuji XF1, but that camera requires some involvement and experience to get the best out of it. I could recommend a Sony RX100 but that's probably more money than he wants to spend. So, what might the best and brightest at Serious Compacts recommend for a pocketable compact camera that'll provide reliable auto-focus in marginal-to-good light? The ability to do shallow depth of field is unimportant (and probably would be a hinderance to his getting most shots in focus). I'm sure he's fine with using flash if needed (he'll probably set the camera to auto in these conditions) but I'm sure he doesn't want an overwhelming flash. And something with decent automatic white balance (he's not asking for that but I think it's a good idea). Suggestions are welcome.