The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is the digital camera that I have been using for a few years now. I know that they have come out with new versions in the line (two I so far I think?), and I know that I will be upgrading to one when I am ready for a new camera. First off for the price range and the size of the camera, the zoom is incredible! And I'm not talking horrible "digital zoom" that just causes pixelation. The lens is amazing! There are also lots of different preset modes that actually work quite well for many situations and makes taking good pictures quickly a breeze. If you're a bit of a more experienced photographer, there are many manual settings to play around with as well. The battery life is pretty good for the large size of the screen and everything that the camera does, but I would like to see the battery life lengthened in newer models. I am a woman, so have probably slightly smaller than average hands, and this camera fits perfectly. The physical interface is great, with everything at an easy reach. Overall, I love the Lumix line and you should, too!!