Thanks ronsec, but I don't know which of my "must-haves" I should abandon. It's like trying to decide which of your children to give away.
OK, so the Panasonic is a great compromise; its huge lens with 28mm wide angle makes it worth it. And I can live with buying a couple of replacement proprietary batteries, and I can even grit my teeth and forget that I ever wanted to zoom in/out whileusing the movie mode. See, I can compromise.
But the omission of a flip-up screenmay be too much to bear. When you've had one you'll always want one. And the possibility of light areas being burnt out when taking high contrast images. Who would want that?
I don't know how to choose which unacceptable feature I most want to live with.