It will become available on or about 3/22...Given the fact that most ultrazooms tend to get shaky at far range of the zoom even with the image stablization built in to reduce it. I would have to read reviews before plunking down $429. I have owned ultrazooms put out by Panasonic Lumix and Olympus and they all have that problem. If this problem has been resolved and a tripod to steady the image is no longer necessary, I would consider buying it and adding it to my collection. Read the reviews first!