I have fun with cheap digital cameras. Fry's Electronics, Target and Walmart are a great places to find these ultra low end cameras. The do have many limitations. Most of them have a fixed memory size and they don't have flash RAM. This means that when you pull out the batteries (or they die) you lose all your photos. The fixed memory, of course, limits the number of photos. These camera almost always have CMOS sensors and not CCD. They work poorly in low light and if they do have a flash it is almost useless. If you can manage your expectations and ignore the exciting packaging then you'll understand what you'll actually be getting.
Yes, they are all just toy cameras but they are fun, usually do what I need them to do and are inexpensive enough that if they get lost or break that I'm not out of a lot of bucks. You'd be surprised at what capabilities these little things do have. The newer ones have lithium batteries, SD expansion slots and record "real" video with audio not pseudo video (ie taking a series of snap shots which then have to assembled on the PC)
The following are a few of the ones that I've picked up (good and bad).
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