Snapshot - that info helps with my question. I guess I thought higher megapixels automatically meant more quality - but then kept seeing the pixel warning on their reviews. You explained it well.
A local discount store has a Panasonic Lumix ZS19 on sale for $169, but it is 14.1 mp and a 20 zoom. More than I need, and I've read that some of the cameras with touch screens aren't great.
I will check out your recommend, and some of the other smaller MP cameras.