You mention landscapes and portraits. Neither of those suggest particularly long focal lengths, unless we're talking far-off landscapes (mountain peaks, say) or candid portraits shot from a distance...
I'd like to be able to take nice close up candid shots, but getting a wide photo of landscapes would be nice. Are there any similarly priced cameras that would be decent with both?..
My Canon S3 IS is their model prior to the S5. Except for the heft of the beast, I've been pretty happy with the results. Canon's SX100 is quite a bit lighter..
Another camera with 28mm (35 eqv) wide angle is the Olympus SP-550UZ. Here is a link to another thread that gets into these megazoom jobs -.
WHy haven't you tried Fuji and Panasonic?.
I have a Pana FZ18 and it is simply great. On some of the review sites it is said to be the best amongst all megazooms, about 340$....
Seoul you are going to be for an year?! Best luck. Great city, Great place, Great people, Bad food [ not for korens though, they love it], great heritage and so on.... I am sure you willl enjoy there!.
What will you be doign there?.
HPMr. Harry PotterFZ18, Hoya Polariser 46mm.....
If you plan on keeping an S5 in your bag you'll want an aftermarket lens cap. The one they ship with is notorious for falling off if you even look at it wrong..
Go to a store and handle all of them. Take the one you that "feels right". I passed up cameras that got better reviews than my Canon S5 because I liked the interface and feel of the Canon more..
Good luck in Seoul! I have to ask, have you ever heard of Starcraft?..