A big thank you to those who had previously assisted me with the 10x optical zoom query. But the Canon Powershot was just way over my budget.
Have since given up on the "maximum zoom" demand. Now I'm just happy with a 3x optical zoom camera. HOWEVER, I do have some preference lah.
1. MUST have image stabiliser, preferably optical as I heard its better?
2. At least 5 mpixel but the more the better.
3. As compact as possible.
Have been recommended 2 so far. One is the Olympus Mju800. My fren got it for over $600 which I feel is damn cheap for a 8mpixel cam. But its stabiliser is digital.
The other I was recommended was Sony DSC-T9. List price is $799 & is 6mpixel "only" however its stabiliser is optical.
Any other models to recommend?