I was a long time user (and still use occasionally) the Panasonic FZ3. Panasonic made small iterative changes with these cameras until they made a full fledged bridge camera in the FZ50. I never owned this camera, but I saw many good results over all the forums with this camera. I was always hoping for a better, increased IQ of this camera. The main culprit was really the processing engine. Fast forward to 2010, and Panasonic is now releasing the FZ100 and FZ40. Panasonic has been conservative with adding more zoom to their bridge cameras. While other companies were bosting 24x all the way up to 30x, Panasonic stayed conservative. Now they have some new entries. Using this site which has some full size pictures: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Photos | PhotographyBLOG I'm really not seeing, after 5 or 6 years, anything that is even evolutionary in terms of picture quality. Panasonic has gone away from a CCD to some sort of MOS sensor, and I'm not sure why, other than faster read times for burst shooting. I realize that these perse aren't compacts, but does anyone have any thoughts on where the superzoom market is heading?