The Panasonic TZ5 is condsidered one of the best travel cameras due to it's compact size, wide angle lens and 10x zoom. Also has excellent image quality for a point & shoot..
Edit: The other cams I mentioned in my post are still good choices although I would also add the Canon sd790 to this list..
Mary makes an excellent suggestion. I have the TZ3, the predecessor to the TZ5. It's a great travel camera with the 28-280mm lens in a very small package..
When my wife and I went to France last year, I left my larger camera (a Panasonic FZ30) at home and just took my TZ3. It fit nicely in a small pouch on my belt (or, for a lady, in a medium sized purse). I hardly knew I was carrying it. It went everywhere with me and I got some really great shots. Here's some photos from our France trip. Most of them are just "snapshots" ...
But they allow me to have a memorable collection of the highlights of our trip. If I had a larger camera, I probably would have missed some of these shots because I just wouldn't have bothered carrying a large camera all the time ....
If price is a concern, you might also consider the TZ4. It's the same camera as the TZ5, but with a lower megapixel count. Simon.
If you don't require the max zoom, then there are lots of nice choices in that price range. Here is a link to another thread on travel camera selection -.
I completely agree either the TZ4 or TZ5 are a no brainer.Very very simple to use and once set up to your taste it's fully auto function will do it all for herwhats more the results will astound you.PJT..
The thing about the TZ5, however, is that it it has a huge 3" LCD, which while giving the user a little more real estate to view photos, also drains the battery alot quicker meaning more charging time..
I much prefer a camera with a smaller LCD and viewfinder like the Canon Powershot SD870 IS or, if you must have a larger LCD, the Canon SX100IS. Also, Kodak is back in the saddle with the Z1085IS. I recently reviewed it over at DHQ and found the photo quality to be pretty good..
The TZ5 does have the ability in shooting HD video in 720p, however, and that does make it attractive..
One thing though. Try and avoid the "more MP is better" trap. When you boost the MP on those tiny CCD chips, all you're really doing is inviting more noise to the party in low light..
James DeRuvoDigital Camera HQhttp://www.digitalcamera-hq.com..