I recall "Digital Zoom" being phased out with the advent of consumer super-zooms. When "15x Optical Zoom" started popping up on affordable cameras, people started wondering why they'd bother with a "Digital Zoom" at all.
It is still there, just buried in the menus and not advertised as much. The media and blogosphere have done a great job in discrediting the scam that is digital zoom. Of course, we still have it in cell phone cameras but there are a couple of optical zoom cell phone cameras popped up already.
The Model M is not for the faint of heart. You either like them or hate them.
Gerbils unite! Fold for UnitedGerbilNation, team 2630.