Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25
1/2.33-inch sensor; f3.3 - 5.9 / 2-step aperture; 20x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom; Leica DC Vario-Elmar9 Elements Lens in 7 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 6 aspherical surfaces); MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer; 2sec and 10sec self-timer
The Lumix line has a long standing tradition of value. The ZS25 improves on the series by altering the lens design to incorporate an intelligent zoom, which gets to 40x. Intelligent zoom still isn't as good as optical zoom, however. The perk of the Lumix is that it's fast, but early user reviews indicate this model is a bit more cheaply made than earlier ones and that the photos are a bit soft.