The Panasonic FS9 features a 28mm wide-angle 5x optical zoom LUMIX DC VARIO lens and HD movie recording. The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors, or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective. The 5x optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of people or landscapes with 12.1-megapixel resolution. The Extra Optical Zoom function uses the centre part of the CCD sensor to extend this 5x zoom ratio to powerful 9.8x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.
I have the FZ38 & my son has the TZ8 both made by Panasonic, the are both outstanding on the features and take superb pictures, at this price you can't go wrong