Am planning two international trips. Have D7000, etc, equipment but do not want to carry on long tours. Have looked at travel zoom cameras such as Nikon P7100 (too large) and Panasonic Lumix ZS20, Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V and Fuji X10. The X10 zoom not long enough despite its other good features.
What advice re the Lumix ZS20 and the Cyber-Shot HX30V? Are there other longer zoom, compact digital cameras with good picture quality and features to consider?
Are you willing to consider a micro 4/3rds camera body? If so, then you have a lot of choices among camera bodies and lenses. The sensor size is around 60% of a DX sensor, so IQ is quite good. The bodies and lenses vary in size and features, and there is enough choice to find equipment that should meet your needs. It's something to consider if you have not already ruled it out.
My wife and I do a fair amount of traveling. We both have sizable kits, but when traveling internationally (and especially when those trips are using primarily public transportation or walking) we choose to pare down. I use a Fuji X100 and she a Lumix LX3. The LX3 zoom goes only to 50mm. While we miss some opportunities but we do enjoy our images very much. A sample can be found here http://snappix.smugmug.com/Travel/2011-Venice-Florence-Rome
Whatever you plan, I thought I might offer another aspect to travel photography.
BTW: we are considering replacing the LX3 with the X10 this year, but also note that for us the 28mm WA limit of the X10 is a detractor over the 24mm option of the LX3.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
Received my Sony DSC-HX30V a few days ago and find it to be quite remarkable for its ease of use, picture quality and the 20X digital zoom. It likely will serve me well on the upcoming trip. The user manual is largely an online only format so I ordered a printed one from a vendor. I keep trying to stump is and have not succeeded so far, taking into account it is a P&S at a failry highly developed stage.
You probably know this but although the x10 is a 28-112mm in full frame equivalent it has a Intelligent Digital Zoom which you turn on the menu and doubles becoming a 56-224mm. When in use you are limited to this size, it does not go from 28-224.
people don't talk about it much but I am beginning to use it more and more.