For what it's worth I have a 4 year old
Lumix DMC LC5 with Leica lens which has
given me very good pictures and still doing
so. Basic spec is 4megapixels and 3x optical zoom plus a hot shoe so I reckon the FZ8 should be even better! Tip: if the digital camera you
buy has a hot shoe do not affix an old
flash gun to it because the trigger voltage
is higher than a digital camera can cope
with and will damage the circuitry. Good Luck!