The HZ25W (WB5000 in Europe) was released in Sept of 09.
The reviews I found, rate the camera high.
Samsung probably only shipped a certain number to the USA.
And they sold out.
I guess it was more popular than they estimated.
Samsung camera distribution in the USA is still a work in progress.
Hopefully they will get it together soon.
Keep watching, Samsung just may release an updated model in Sept of 2010.
I bought this camera when it first came out - and love it.
(a 12.5 megapixel ultrazoom with a 24x Schneider-Kreuznach optical
zoom lens. The lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal range of from 26mm to 624mm)
Since then several friends have tried to purchase one and can not find it anywhere.
Why is this - it is less than a year old?