Magic! Lots of very helpful replies here. I'm so glad I signed up to this forum. It looks like my preferred direction is lots of saving and flogging stuff on eBay followed by purchase of the Sony NEX5 which you all indicate would be a good choice. ((Looking at photos I'm pleased with from my current 42x zoom camera, none were achieved using full zoom so I'm over that hang-up.)) I had a good look at the NEX range on line and it seems to offer a lot of good points. Obviously, the image quality is of prime importance and, having briefly handled one, the quality and display look good. There is a kit that offers two lenses (in old 35mm terms, a 24 to 82 and an 82 to 300). I believe there is also an 'ultra wide' adaptor that can be fitted on the shorter lens. Other good features include the presence of a filter thread as I would like to use UV, polarising and possibly starburst filters. Maybe there's a lens hood too. Unfortunately, I can't get to a camera shop without a 4 hour round trip. I would really like a hinged screen as I like to shoot from awkward angles. My current camera screen hinges on one plane only which makes it useful in landscape but useless in portrait. I can't quite figure whether the latest NEX5 has a screen that hinges in both planes. (The one I looked at was an older camera). The WiFi link looks very useful. The idea of transferring images direct to my iPad just as the iPhone does, without removing the SD card is attractive. I guess this would not be important to many users. Pity there's no GPS. When travelling, a GPS stamp in the EXIF data is very useful. So, a few more questions: 1. Are any of my assumptions above wrong? 2. Does anyone know about the screen hinge? 3. Any advice on those filters? I do have a pile of Cokin A series ones from years ago but I've lost the adapter. 4. Has anyone tried the WiFi? 5. Any suggestions of camera shops staffed by people who know in Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury areas? 6. Is it worth looking at the Panasonic or do I gather that the sensor is not as good as the Sony? 7. Does the battery charge in or out of the camera? Many thanks for everyone's help so far.