At this point I’m pretty burned out on the Canon TX1. The form factor just sucks, and its starting to show some serious wear (the mode selector switch which is also really inconvenient is broken sometimes too and won’t go into certain modes).
Lucky for me its that time of year and there are some new options out. The Samsung HZ10W looks really cool- I love that it combines 10x zoom like the Canon but also does wider angle than typical small cameras all in what appears to be a fairly small form factor (and its only $300). It is supposed to have both optical and digital image stabalization, which can be critical with the higher zoom factor cameras- but I’d still want to try it out and see how well it works, I’ve often had problems with the TX1 getting it stable enough with even 5-6x zoom.
Olympus has the SP-590UZ that zoomes to 26x but its in a bigger form factor than I like.