I am looking for a replacement for my ageing Sharp camcorder which has a 26x optical zoom and up to 720 digital (although in reality not much good beyond 100x total). I use the camera as much (if not more) for still photos and I am dismayed at the manufacturers offerings. It seems that as soon as they introduce a half reasonable amount of Mp they desert previously offered decent optical zooms; JVC Everio GZ-MG2- (25x optical) to GZ-MG50 (15x optical) being a typical example. The Sony DCR-HC90 has decent Mp but only a 10x optical zoom! Having researched as much as I can I am edging toward the Canon MVX350i which does at least provide 1.3Mp stills and has a 20x optical zoom. Does anyone know of a camcorder (current or planned) which will leave me smiling?