My parents informed me that they are going to buy a P & S for me for my birthday. The reason why they told me about the gift is because they want to make sure it meets with my approval. The camera they are looking at for me is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ5. I have owned the Panasonic FZ1 in the past and I know Panasonic makes good cameras.
So, if someone was going to purchase a P & S for you as a gift and they wanted your input on the camera, would you ask for the TZ5 or advise them to get something else for you.
Here is my main criteria:
I would like something to carry around when I don't have the D200 with me or when it isn't practical to lug around a body and lens(es).
Decent optical zoom is good (this has 10x).
It would also be nice to be able to do video. I have a camcorder but it only records to MiniDV tape and it is a PITA to transfer from the camera to the computer for editing.