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The perfect travel camera?

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*** I have posted this thread already in the lounge, but found out that this forum will be more appropriate. Sorry for double posting ***

For all of my life, I have been searching for the perfect camera for travelling. So far, I have worn out more than a dozen cameras, and since my current camera has become outdated by technological advances, I am looking for a new one: the perfect travel camera.

Here are my requirements:

- The perfect travel camera should be as compact as possible. It must fit into a trouser pocket or a breast pocket of a shirt. I want my travel camera ALWAYS with me - in the restaurant, in the theatre, on the beach, in a museum. And I do not want to carry a camera bag. This requirements eliminates all SLR cameras (which I use when I am alone and have time).

- The perfect travel camera needs a wide range optical zoom - starting from at least 28mm (35mm equivalent) to at least 200mm. This requirement eliminates all cameras with less than 8x optical zoom. And it requires an image stabilizer (otherwise a tele lens would be useless).

- The perfect travel camera must deliver high quality images under all light conditions, especially under lowlight conditions (like when I am on a nightly stroll through a city).

- The perfect travel camera must be fairly fast. When I am hiking through the forest and an animal shows up, the camera must be ready within a few seconds. This elimates all cameras which take more than four seconds to get ready for the first shot (otherwise the animal would eliminate me).

So, what is the perfect travel camera?

After reading more than 100 (!) reviews, I have narrowed down the choice to these two models:

- Fuji Finepix F70 EXR which is slim, has a 10x optical zoom and appears to produce good pictures.

- Canon Powershot SX 200 IS, which gets better reviews, especially for image quality, but which is considerably larger.

What is your opinion?

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