You are looking at the right cameras.
You are suffering from "review saturation",
There are no perfect cameras.
You have to understand how reviewers think.
They compare each camera to the perfect camera that does not exist. All cameras fall short of perfection in some areas.
If they say "there is pin-cushioning at full optical zoom" that does not condemn the camera. All cameras have pin-cushioning to some degree. Few people can detect pin-cushioning in a photo.
Reviewers are picky picky picky.
You have to balance the reviews with reality.
Here is a link:
Notice the red stars in each column.
They indicate how owners of those cameras rate their cameras.
Right under the red stars is a link to "owners opinions".
Click that link and see what real owners have to say about each camera.
Want to upgrade to 12x optical pref 6mp & macro (as close as possible) - I thought i had narrowed to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 and the Sony Cybershot DSCH2, both cameras seem to have the qualities I want - I'm leaning towards the panasonic (because has SD memory). (I had included the Canon Powershot S3 IS but reviews I have read have completely turned me off this one.) I've read some really really bad reviews on both the Panasonic & the Sony cameras. Can anyone give me some advice. I'm an amateur who is going overseas for holiday & want the best option.