Looking for Digital Camera Information

I want to buy a new digital camera for Christmas this year. My desires are...

1. 6 MP or higher
2. 6x or higher optical zoom
3. Multiple flash options
4. 2" or larger LCD viewing screen
5. The ability to snap pictures quickly

If anyone knows some things about cameras please leave me a comment. I am not looking just for personal opinion, but for consumer report stories and experiential anecdotes. Thanks!