I currently have both a 7 year old Ixus, and a 3 year old Canon EOS500D.

I'm looking for something that will be lighter and easier to use than the Canon but produce the same quality photograph.

At my local camera shop I was pointed to the Canon powershot xs510 bridge camera. Also the Panasonic Lumix tz35.

A review of the Lumix had two negatives, one being the zoom not producing good results and secondly the fact the battery is recharged in the camera. What happens if the battery ever needs replacing? Has anyone got the Lumix and are there any other negatives.

I like the Lumix for its compactness.

Thank you.