In October I'll go backpacking through south-east asia for several months, and I've been wondering what camera to take with. I want a portable camera, one I can always take with me. I don't need huge zooms or very wide lenses, I'd be very happy with just a normal fixed lens (i.e. 35mm to 50mm equivalent). What I love are portrait,s low-light photography, and especially DoF control, so huge apertures and big sensors are a plus (aren't they always?). I have a 400D with a 50mm f/1.8, which would be perfect, but I think I won't take it with me on adventures as much as I'd like because of its size (and visibility to thiefs). Obviously I've been looking at the micro four-thirds offerings, the Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1. Coupled with a pancake lens these seem like excellent cameras to take with everywhere, but I don't think they're small enough yet to fit in pockets, so there'd still be a "annoyancy" factor. Plus, they're really rather expensive. The new Sony NEX-5 looks just about awesome, and I would've pre-ordered it in a pinch were it not that due to the larger sensor (APS-C), the 16mm pancake lens (x1.6 = 25mm) really is far too wide as a walk-around lens. The 18-55mm lens is again too big and, for me, nullifies the size advantage of the body. Then there are the point&shoots. I've looked into the Canon S90 which looks like it was made as an alternative for SLR-photographers with its manual controls, which are a real plus. But I've also been eyeing the new Sony HX5V which has some very nice low-light photography features due to it's very fast CMOS sensor. Also, the built-in GPS is a nice addition. Both are the penultimate in portability and very affordable compared with the others listed here . Any suggestions, advice, or opinions?