My father was an award winning serious photographer with his own darkroom, so I was always around professional quality photographs. I would like to be able to take photos that are good quality, but don't want to lug lenses and a SLR around. Can anyone guide me towards a good "point and shoot"? I am planning a once in a lifetime 3 week trip to China and am not really satisfied with my current camera. It is a Minolta Dimage Z5. What I love about it is the 12 X zoom. I REALLY want this on my new camera. What I don't like is that the colors are not always the best and the lens could be a lot sharper. I would also like a smaller camera that could fit in my purse. I am not a "serious photographer" like my dad was and don't want to have to fool with settings, but I travel a lot and would like good travel photos. A friend recommended that I get a Lumix. Does anyone know anything about this camera? I would really appreciate any advice!