Reader Question: Which Superzoom Camera?

Here’s a new reader question that I received from Patel via email.

Can you provide me the details as I am totally confused with the digital camera that i have to purchase. My target is 400$(US). I am more interested in optical zoom digital camera. I am totally confused between Panasonic DMC-FZ28, latest Nikon P90 (that is going to be launched on April 9th) , Panasonic DMC-ZS3. I want digital camera with the best photo and video quality.

You guys have rocked with the past several reader questions.  I’m sure you guys also have some great advice for Patel, who is clearly interested in superzoom cameras that offer solid image and video quality.

Which one is the best?

What cameras has Patel failed to list that he should consider?

Why is the camera that you recommend better than others?

Fire away in the comments below.