" @lane: Also, for future reference, is there a better shorthand for the difference between something that has a 3 or 4x zoom, and something like what I'm shopping for now? "You need to look at what the equivalent focal length of the lens would be on a 35mm camera. For the P100, for example, it is 26mm to 678mm. The shorter the focal length, the wider the field of view will be. Zooming in with a lens is accomplished by increasing the focal length (26mm to 678mm, in this case). Also, the "26x" comes from the ratio between the shortest and longest focal lengths that the lens is capable of; 678 is roughly equal to 26 multiplied by 26.