I have a Nikon D-70 (about 6yrs old.) Ipaid in the area of $800.00 for the body and more then twice that much for my various lenses. Then about 3 yrs ago I bought a Panasonic DMC-LZ5. It's also a 6M and it takes as good a photo as the Nikon except when I'm shooting most wildlife then the 400mm lense comes in handy. I'll be upgrading to a new Lumix in the near future instead of buying a newer DSLR. The Lumix would be a hard act to beat as an all around great camera.