I love Panasonic mega-zoom cameras. The Lumix FZ18 is my current camera of choice. However, most panasonic ultra-compacts tend to be pretty lousy. I would check out canon ultra-portables such as the digital elph sd750 or sd1000. They have a lower megapixel count (7.1), but they will take clearer pictures. They also have a lot of scene and color modes that are fun to play with. My girlfriend loves the sd1000 I bought her. Hope this helps.
I have researched various sites to figure out what digital compact camera to buy and am more confused than ever. I?m replacing my Mavica 3 megapixel and this will be only the 2nd digital I?ve ever had. I think I want a 8 megapixel with SD card, lithium battery with optical zoom better than 3X if possible and 3? LCD. Viewfinder not important. The look and feel of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55P is what I have settled on so far. My hand is able to grip it well. And the price is right - $179. My subject would usually be cityscapes, museums, landscapes with an occasional flower for vacation trips. Mostly daylight. Would this camera fit the subject matter or can someone suggest a comparable or better camera.