I decided to go digital last year on our 3 week trip to Europe. After much research I decided on the Canon S300. It had what I was looking for as far as optical zoom and other features. It takes good quality pics at 2.1 meg and you can do 8x10 if you want. I have converted all my shots to CD's and show them on the TV, it makes it alot easier then passing around pics. The software will merge pics to make great panaramas and also do short 20 second videos. I shot almost 1000 pics on the trip and I still didn't use up the 2 64 Meg cards I brought along. If still learning, but I glad I converted.