Only one I can think of that meets your needs (except the 28 mm eq.) is the Canon Powershot G9. Not that wide that you're asking for but I understand it's a great camera for the rest of your needs..
Look it up?.
Hi, There is the Ricoh R7 or the more reliable Panasonic TZ3/4. Al @ Fotosense..
How do you decide between 3 cameras? research. you research the cameras-find all available test reports and read them, go to maker's website and get all available info on the cameras and read it. (note-test reports by anybody are always done by HIS point of view, not yours. what he may want and like in a cameras may not be yours. therefore some of the things that he dislikes about the camera you may care less about; and also some things that he likes about the camera you may also care less)..
And this brings me to the most important factor in buying a camera. YOU rpt YOU rpt YOU. what do want to us the camera for? make up and write a list. what do you think you might be interested in in the future to take pictures of, besides what you think you will be taking pictures of now? add to the list. what features and abilities based on that list do YOU want in a camera? make and write a list..
NOW based on the 2 lists look at the cameras and compare them based on the lists you just made. and with that, what features and abilities do feel are the most important and desireable and you have to have? which cameras has them?.
Once you have done the above, ignore the recommendations of anybody else. anyone else is not buying the camera for your lists, YOU ARE. those are not their lists, they are yours, with your wants and needs and likes and dislikes, not theirs..
Why someone likes or dislikes a certain camera may not have anything to do with you..
What might be helpfull from someone else is how they like or don't like a certain feature or ability in a certain camera. and why. how does that answer relate to you?.
Finally; MAKE YOUR DECISION. it will not be easier later, since you have all the information now...
Features I would like are1. wide angle 28mm or less.2. at least 4X zoom3. takes good pics in low light and with flash4. good flash distance5. good travel camera and not too bulky6.
I don't know about Australian prices so forgive me if these are outside your price range, but I'd be mainly looking at:.
Panasonic TZ5Fuji F100fdPanasonic FX35 or FX500Sony W150 or W170.
The bigger the camera, usually, the better the flash range, so the little FX35 might not be good enough for you in this regard..
Thanks GaryDem and others for your replies. I will research as you suggest and list all my needs. I thought I gave a good general outline in my post..
I suppose what I am really after is some opinions from forum members who may have some familiarity with cameras that will achieve what I outlined in my post and then I will research using their information. Having observed posts on this forum for a while now I find I learn a lot and sometimes the knowledge to ask the right question to get the right answer for me..
So thanks again and I look forward to some more comment from forum members..