Thanks for the suggestions for cameras. After looking at the various options I have decided on Panasonic. They are releasing on 4/10 a DMC-LZ 2&1 which are 6Xzoom, 5&4 metapix. and DMC-FZ 4&5 which are 12Xzoom, 5&4 metapix. Both are light weight with the stabilizing feature. Thought you might be interested in the info.