i got my housemate a PZ-10. It's a camera that can do some rather "high end" stuff,yet is ,if you want,a VERY easy camera to use.
No spot meter or DOF,but a big bright viewfinder and all the auto features. A rather large body,but easy to hold and not heavy. Feels pretty solid. They seem to have sold well and can be had rather cheap. Makes a nice backup or a camera for the "easy technology" shooter who's usually doing auto modes.