Hi all, Its time for me to throw my first digicam (Nikon Coolpix 3100) to the side and replace it with something that allows some more creativity. I'm not willing get a DSLR because they're above my budget and I'm still want to be able to do some point and shoot from time to time. They're also just too big for now. I also want to figure out whether the more hands-on approach to photography is for me (I think it is!). So with all the new cameras coming out in the next month or so, I've narrowed the list down to these three: Canon Powershot G7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Sony Cybershot DSC-H7 or H9 What I'm looking for is above average zoom (so 6x or more), really great photo quality (much more important to me than a gazillion megapixels). Speed of the image processor and plenty of manual features that have to be easily accessible. I really don't want to have to dig through endless menus to adjust settings. The Panasonic and Sony are both large lens and big zoom cameras (12x and 15x respectively). The Canon has a lesser zoom, but has a very high quality lens nonetheless. As far as which one to choose... I'm sort of stuck. The prices don't differ all that much. I'm expecting the Sony to be similar in price to the Canon. The Lumix is slightly cheaper. What do you guys think? Any experience with these models (or in the Sony's case, its predecessor)? Any other suggestions or advice? Thanks!