I've had a read through the Superzoom thread from last month but I'm still pondering my options and some thoughts would be useful. I'm off to Hong Kong shortly and, obviously, am likely to take lots of pictures. I've currently got a P&S Fuji F10 which has been around a bit and which I've been pretty happy with, particularly in low light. I feel the need to upgrade more for the occasions where I want a wider angle or a bigger zoom than the image quality. I've narrowed it down to a few of the Panasonic longer zooms/wider angles for now which all have IS (which my F10 lacks). The TZ3 (£165, with 7.2mp with 10x zoom), the FZ8 (£180, 7mp with 12x zoom) or its replacement, the FZ18 (£245, 8.1mp with 18x zoom). The FZs are larger, the TZ is about the size of my F10. All seem to have similar limitations in terms of noise above about 200ISO since they use the Venus III engine but since I can't really imagine trying to use the zoom lens in low light, I'm guessing my F10 can continue its sterling efforts in those situations. I guess my questions are how much more use is 18x than 10x optical zoom given that I'm coming from 3x? And is it worth the additional price and the tradeoff in portability? The other thing to consider is that the FZs have a lot more manual controls than the TZ if I do want to experiment a little. I'd really welcome thoughts from those who have used any of those cameras or something similar. I have thought about upgrading to a basic DSLR but, to be honest, the learning curve terrifies me and when I add the cost of getting a longer zoom lens, I don't think I'd get the full benefit of the gear compared to the price. I just can't see myself carrying around all that equipment that often (particularly when on vacation, I'm often toting a camcorder too). I feel I'm probably better off getting something that I use more often even if it is a trade off in picture quality. I rarely end up taking things down to pixel level. I'm also unlikely to have the time to devote to learning enough to get the best out of a DSLR.