At least 6 megapixels would do. Zoom won't matter. I would like the best possible image quality.
Some manual controls would be nice but I won't expect it for this type of camera.
I'll be using this to take quick photos of things that catch my eye pretty much. I like to draw so most of the photos I'll take would be used as references(everything from people to landscapes), textures, etc. I'll be mostly outdoors though I'd like to take good pictures indoors as well such as in a classroom. Won't be printing at all.
My past cameras were all Canons, I like the interface although I'm open to any other brand. Image stabilization seems like a must.