I should add to my Canon G1X recommendation that the one thing it can't do is get shallow depth of field. Yes it has a larger sensor but the zoom lens isn't particularly fast and can't compare to Micro Four Thirds (or larger) lenses with fast apertures. Travel photography in particular isn't particularly demanding of thin depth of field, so it is a good compromise when couple with Canon's excellent image stabilization. A camera like the G1X offers a much larger zoom range than you can get with Micro four thirds in a similar size. While dSLRs are available and cheaper than the G1X, they usually need at least one other lens which both ups the price and seriously adds to the bulk.
My personal travel kit is a Panasonic GH2 with a couple of fast primes (20mm f/1.7, 45mm f/1.8). I give up zoom range to allow for more interesting shots... But it is a lot more expensive to get a GH2 or OM-D with multiple prime lenses.
May be E-5 or OM-D + 4/3 converter. ))) Lightweight, waterproof, high quality kit optics and compact. I have now Oly e-420. I save every pound in the journey. I think you know how important this is. )))
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In my last blog I was asking people for their advice on a new camera. So a big thank you to everyone for your helpful comments. I finally decided to go for the Fuji finepix Hs20 exr. So far it has been brilliant. I love the manual zoom, which not many of the bridge cameras have and I think the quality is very good. I've only used some of the settings so far and I'm really excited to play around with it further.
So these are the first uploads from this camera. So far so good.