Good news!, just had an email to say my S9500 has been despatched, should be with me tomorrow
even better I ordered it from Dabs when the price was lower than it should have been so got it for£361.98 ($640)including delivery:-) normal UK price is around £460 ($780)+ delivery.
If I can get out I'll try and get some photo's to compare with the Panasonic, I must admit the Panasonics 2mp images blow me away, especially as the camera only cost £100 ($170) the leica lens combined with the IS is incredible, I was shooting low light level hand held shots at around 1/8 sec at 12x zoom (420mm) and getting great results while those around were trying to get their flash shots to reach a stage 40 feet away!. I'll certainly be keeping the Panasonic as it also does IR photography.
Here's a reduced sample, ISO 100, 12x optical zoom (420mm) 1/8 sec hand held in very low light,