Right, I'm in the market to replace my old chunky Nikon Coolpix 880 digicam with something up to date and compact. I'm looking for a really compact camera, ideally one that can be slipped comfortably into a jeans pocket, but must have very good picture quality, something like a 5x optical zoom and preferably a wide angle lens. I'm interested in the Canon IXUS 990 IS and the Panasonic Lumix DMC FX550. They are both pretty expensive, so I was wondering if any of you, my dear readers, have any worthwhile, good quality alternatives to recommend based on your own experiences with your own cameras. And Thingy, no I'm not interested in the sort of camera you favour, they're not exactly what I'd call compact.