is kind of old and might be hard to find, I would suggest the Panaosnic DMC-FZ7, an upgrade to the one you had. In fact, a very good upgrade:
6MP vs 3MP
More shutter speed options
Larger resolution video
Only $300 ($250 on sale sometimes)
I personally own this camera and I have to say it is the best point-and-shoot megazoom camera available.
Im thinking of giving my girlfriend my dmc fz3. Then I will be updating to a nikon coolpix 8800. I would like some input if this is a good enough upgrade? Going to europe and wanting a good camera for the ride.. Please comment, Im the point and shoot guy.