Been fighting the temptation to write this thread for ages, since I’m a firm believer most the time what I need to ask is already out there! Anyway, I’m completely torn at the moment as to what direction to go in regarding camera selection. I'm planning on travelling in about 6 months, hoping to choose a camera reasonably early so I can play /practice with it first, since the photos I take I hope to look back on in 20-30 years. My initial plan was to go prosumer/super zoom - to that end I bought the Fuji s9600 of flea bay (had to send it back faulty CF slot), but after playing with it for a while I’m not sure the size is going to be practical. Since sending it back I’ve been looking at compacts like the Fuji 200EXR and Panasonic Lumix 500, however the Lumix seems to suffer at the long and short range of its zoom in image quality, and the Fuji appears to have the battery life of a small dead animal. So with my pointless back story in mind, can any one recommend a compact they've bought recently? Or if anyone’s been travelling, the type of camera they took?