Need Camera for Trip

I'm looking for a new camera for my upcoming trip to Boston for PAX East. I've had limited experience with camera, only owning two in my life. One a HP and the other a Olympus. I know my Galaxy Nexus won't cut what I want so I'm looking into a good camera for the trip. I'm saving for a DSLR for the summer, so I'm only looking to spend around $200-$250, no more than $300. Looking for something that does good in low light as I'm sure I'll be taking pictures at night, something with good Optical Zoom ( I think that it ) for taking pictures from the back of the room at a panel. Preferable to be from Amazon and Best Buy has they have good return policys in case I don't like.

I've been looking at this one based on good things I've read.

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-COOLPIX-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B005IGVXO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332818031&sr=8-1

and the older sibling of it, which has dropped in price.

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Coolpix-Digital-Zoom-Nikkor-3-0-Inch/dp/B00427ZLS8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1332818094&sr=1-1

I'd love to hear the comments of you guys. Lemme know!