Originally Posted by mugan23
can any one tell me what would be the fastest smallest cam out there? because i think its what i want.
In terms of what? Powered off to first shot? That one might go to the Canon SD1000, which from the off position takes right about 1 second to turn on and take a shot. However that's an ultra compact camera, the size of pack of cigarettes. I have one that I carry around in my jacket pocket at all times.
In terms of burst shooting speed, none of the point and shoots are going to perform that well. They just don't put very large or fast buffers in them. Some P&S cameras write images to storage cards faster than other though.
IMO the best point and shoot camera you can get without getting an actual DSLR is a Canon Powershot G9 or S5. I've seen user submitted shots from the S5 that were unbelievable.