There are a lot of people out there who simply want an affordable camera that takes a decent picture in auto, has some extra zoom power, and can still be slipped in a pocket. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 is just that. It is what I consider a good walking-around camera, something you just stick in your pocket and use when you're out for the day and want to be able to capture some moments here and there.
With camera manufacturers trying to jam in as many features as possible in some models, the FH27 is notable for having only two big features: an 8x, 28mm wide-angle lens and a 3-inch touch screen.
The rest of it is pure point-and-shoot backed by Panasonic's reliable Intelligent Auto mode, a healthy selection of scene modes, and 720p HD movie capture. The touch screen adds a bit of glitz, helping it stand out in the congested compact-camera market.
Someone doing a lot of indoor or low-light shooting without a flash or trying to capture active kids and pets might not be happy with it, but it's otherwise a solid choice and an excellent value.
Also, for those of you that want to save a couple bucks, the FH25 offers up all the same features except it has a regular 2.7-inch LCD instead of a touch screen.