Needed to replace my Kodak 5mp 10x p+s camera. I thought I would go dslr until finding out haw many lenses I would need to lug to the beach and leave in the sandy backpack while surfing... not really safe to leave $2500 worth of camera equip. alone while I'm 200 yards out anyways. So... I got the FZ 50 10mp 12x super zoom. Excellent so far in bright conditions, good macro mode, still working on noise free low light scenarios. Zoom is superb, also has up to 4x digital zoom for tripod use. So, for convenience and price, very satisfied so far. Quality is better than a high end p+s but, of course not like a real dslr can deliver. I didn't find anything about one here in MR while doing research, so here is a FZ 50 post! This was compressed by imageshack, but hopefully some of the original quality shines through.