It is with real sadness that I prepare to retire my Panasonic FZ38. It was my first digital camera and has been wonderful. It has passed 19000 shutter activations and now has a sticky top dial. It has served me very well as have other Panasonic cameras which is why it was not difficult today to choose an FZ200 as a replacement. The current choice (for me) was between the FZ72 with an extraordinary 60x zoom and the FZ200 with an even more extraordinary fixed aperture of f2.8 (and a 24x zoom). My new camera joins a photographic armoury of eight others although I hope and expect to shed two of those. I shall not be taking it to America as I shall not be sufficiently used to it by then but I am sure it will bring me great pleasure as the year draws to a close.