Hi Ruben & Jinay - thanks for the responses.
Yes, Sp590 is 26X zoom, 676 mm equivalent.
I didnt see too many negatives in the few reviews I could find.
One reference to occasional trouble with autofocus, and apparently the digital IS and mechanical IS are always either both off or both on (not independently controlled). But the review also said AF problems with superzoom was not too unusual, so that maybe isnt such a big deal ...
In any event, I'm holding off on this camera, mostly for reasons Jinay made me think about.
Mostly I do landscapes and wildflowers while hiking, and use telephoto for scouting other hiking locations.
I currently use a Canon SX120, but am looking to step up a little, and the price seemed very attractive.
I agree the Panasonic FZ35 is very attractive too. Havent looked at the Fuji yet, but I'm beginning to think maybe I should make the DSLR or maybe Micro 4/3 leap .... I'm asking a lot from one lens with macro, wide angle and telephoto applications ... problem there is the expense and the weight and the hassle of changing lenses.
Guess I've got to think about what I really
want to do some more
Thanks for the input, definitely helped me decide to save my money for a while yet!