First off, I don't think there's any way I can afford anything too fancy (SLR). I want to stay under $300. I don't plan on becoming a professional photographer, but I want something a little more flexible than a run of the mill point and shoot. Some important features for me are optical zoom (10x or better), image stabilization, continuous shooting mode, built-in flash, not too bulky, video not necessary but preferred, anything over 7MP is fine. Basically my plan for the camera is general use + a little bit of hobby photography. There are two cameras I'm considering.. but I'd like a little guidance as I really don't know a whole lot about ISO/aperture and all that fun stuff. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/FZ8/FZ8A.HTM Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/Z812IS/Z812ISA.HTM Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 (possible, but a little out of my price range.. it has a whopping 18x zoom) http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/FZ18/FZ18A.HTM The only thing about the Kodak one I didn't like, is that it doesn't have RAW mode.. only JPEG. I would really like a lossless format. I would like any camera suggestions/tips you guys have to offer. I've never been into photography, but I would like to start learning.. if only just the basics. Thanks!