This is killing me! While I'm waiting for the reviews to surface on this thing, I find myself wandering... maybe I'll go with the Canon A540 for price/expandability/AA batteries... or... maybe the Fuji F10/11/30 for size and the most incredible pocket-sized low-light performance on the planet... or maybe just get a SD-based 5MP camcorder like the Sanyo HD1...

I know, I know... none of those are even remotely in the same category as the TZ1 - which I'm pretty sure is in a category all its own (or will be when it's released!): the only pocketable ultra-zoom (although it's hard to visualize just how 'pocketable' it is) PLUS one of the few (but growing number of) digicams that can use the optical zoom while shooting video. With the exception of that whole non-AA battery issue that I promise NOT to get into here , it's potentially my dream come true.

So where is it? It's now mid-March (Happy St. Patrick's Day BTW!), and I'm daydreaming...