I bought Fuji FinePix 610 cameras for my daughters and grandson in mid 2004 and was so impressed with the improvement in the rendition of yellows and whites that I then bought myself a Fuji FinePix 810. I won't say that I no longer had problems with bleaching Yellows but there was a distinct improvement.
If I were really professional, I should go for something more sophisticated than a point and shoot camera but the joy of having a camera which slips into your pocket outweighs that for me.
The Fuji finepix 810 failed twice. It first
began to show a dark mark in each shot, not noticeable unless in a uniform area
like a sky. This was repaired under guarantee in May 2005. In February 2006,
the on/off slide which had been erratic for a few months, finally reached the
point where it would open the lens but immediately retract making it impossible
to use. All the Fuji cameras I had given to my family also failed within two
years of purchase and have had to be replaced.
I then bought an Olympus FE-120 and had decent results but found the frequent need to replace AA batteries a bit irritating
I am now using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 bought in June 2007.