After months of reading reviews and being unable to decide on one, I just ordered a new digital camera! Hurrah! I’ve chosen the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8. I’ve ordered it online and it should be here tomorrow. Can’t wait! 🙂
Let me quote from the overall conclusion from this review on dpreview.com:
In summary the FZ8 is a welcome upgrade to one of the best ‘super zoom’ cameras on the market, even if it doesn’t address some of the fundamental issues we had with its predecessor (namely the inability of the sensor/processor to deliver results to match the lens). But it’s a very well-priced, very well-designed, wonderfully versatile, fast and responsive photographic tool that offers SLR features – and an effective image stabilization system – in a very compact package.
If you accept that the size and convenience of this type of product means a certain level of compromise you won’t be disappointed. Viewed on-screen at 100% the output often leaves a little to be desired, but for ‘normal’ use (standard sized prints, full screen viewing) the excellent lens and reliable focus/exposure systems cannot fail to impress.
There’s another quite thorough review on dcresource.com.