A resounding +1 for the Lumix range. I've got the TZ40 and it's a cracking little compact that has received rave reviews. I was so impressed with it that I bought another for my son to take away with him traveling - it also has wireless connectivity to smartphones, laptops, etc. It takes up very little space in the pocket when turned off with the lens retracted and has superb optical performance/zoom. I'm even using it in preference to my digital SLR when digiscoping with the Swaro STM80HD telescope, where it gives some insane focal length.I have never had a digital camera but on the advice of a work colleague they suggested a Panasonic Lumix. I looked at them before Xmas in Jessops and the TZ60 was very impressive 30x optical zoom and a standard viewfinder, I was mighty impressed by the demo in store. Before x mas they were £300 but i purchased one in January with a cash back deal which worked out at £240, cheaper than JL and Currys.