I used my go-to opening line, "I need a cheap <whatever> that does what I want." To which I received the equally standard, "we have that but cheap is relative." Ultimately I settled on the camera with the least features and the biggest sensor that still fits in my pocket. A Sony RX100. It has some dials and settings, no touch screen, a really nice lens, wide F1.8 aperture, and a big honking 1 inch sensor.
Caution: you may notice an improvement in the image quality if not content and composition. Here are the obligatory test shots. So far I'm happy but it's more involved that "set it to the green A and start clicking." Time to get back in the image making game!
Jr. North got in on the excitement too