I have a somewhat elderly Canon Powershot S30 which has been through such a lot that it's lost a few screws and has a large gouge (not by me) in its screen. It's mildly bulky, 3.3 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. It's starting to feel very slow in terms of focussing and occasionally just turns itself off for no reason so I'm considering a new camera. I'm tempted by the range of ultra-zooms (primarily the Panasonic FZ5 - I can't justify spending more than a few hundred pounds so a even a bad DSLR is out) since the most frustrating thing with the S30 has been the 3x zoom when you just can't get closer to the action. My current phone has a 2 megapixel camera (and by next year, will probably have a 3/4 megapixel one) which probably covers 90% of those 'spur of the moment' shots where having the ultra-compact could be handy. Then again, in most places where I'd drag out a larger camera, I've got my new camcorder which takes 3 megapixel shots and has a 10x zoom. My problem is that the review sites rarely compare one range against the other (for obvious reasons I guess). I've read that the ultra-zoom's give very poor lowlight results but can't really get a sense of how this would be compared with the ultracompacts (the Fuji F10 apparently goes up to 1600ISO and appears to have great lowlight capability even at 200/400 without much noise). So... any thoughts on which route would be best? My main focus ( ) will be on holidays. I'm going back to Vegas this year where the S30 produced pictures which were often blurred and/or very noisy when trying to get shots of the Strip. I'm currently swinging towards the ultrazoom since while I'm likely to be content with phone 'fun' images, if I've spent lots of resources to get somewhere, I'm more likely to want better quality than the camcorder will provide.