Just about a month ago, I recommended a friend the Panasonic FZ-20 as it suits his shooting style, and also his hands, and also because it's pretty user friendly for a newbie. He is still learning the camera, but unfortunately he has been caught in the trap of a technologist, ie people who go after the latest technology, without even mastering the basics of the most basic manual controls, like self adjusting the shutter speed on manual mode for a long night exposure.
He told me that he is very tempted by the Canon 350D, and this got me very irate as I know he still has not even mastered the basics of taking and framing photos, let alone outskilled his camera. I questioned him on his ability with his current camera, but he wasn't able to answer me other than saying the photos taken by the 350D looking good. After numberous explainations on how the photographer is much more important the camera, he still was quite convinced it was his camera limiting him.
Before I got more annoyed, I just rolled my eyes discreetly and left it at that, even after telling him all the after cost of getting lenses, flashes, and expensive accessories for it.