I've recently come into a free camera (and tons of accessories)-- a Panasonic FZ50, due to the generosity of one of luminous-landscape's very finest. Extreme generosity.
I'm still plowing through the manual, but I had to take it outside for a little while, while there was still light.
This is my first 'actual' camera, and the differences between it and my old low end compact p&s are astounding. Color is so much better, and I'm fairly certain manual focus is the best invention ever.
I know they're not the best, but I've had the camera for a matter of hours-- not that I've posted them necessarily for intense critique, but rather to start off line of pictures to come from this great camera.