The cracked LCD thing is very much exaggerated. That was reported with the ZS3 yet the ZS3 was last year's best selling P&S and it still highly sought after. Panasonic was also rated the most reliable brand recently ... again. If that doesn't convince you, I dropped my ZS7 LCD side down onto a rocky hiking trail the first week I had it - no damage at all. Meanwhile I have a Canon SD870 with a cracked LCD.