When I decided to buy a CoolPix for my daughter for Christmas this year, my wife exclaimed: "geez, now everyone has a digital camera but me". So I figured "tada" Christmas present solved! (I've been getting get her jewelery last few years and feel its getting repetitive).
I've been looking at a few models and think I have it down to the Panasonic ZX20: 5M pixel (small sensor ), 12x optical (36-420mm) Lecia glass - F/2.8 entire range - with optical stabilization (i.e. VR). Only thing is, it is a motorized-zoom. Anyone seen anything similar with a ring?