The Panisonic Lumix is one of the best reviews compact camera that can withstand this kind of trip.  Dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof all sound good to us.  The resolution is high as is the aperture and the auto shooting mode is notorious for producing great pictures of landscapes and colorful subjects.  The drawback to this type of camera is that without an extending lens the zoom is limited to around 5X in all models available.

Panisonic Lumix DMC-TS1







Qualities: Dustproof, Shockproof, Waterproof (10 Meters), Biketour Proof?

Update 10/9/10: In many ways the Lumix has performed wonderfully.  When shooting well lit landscapes the colors tend to be more accurate and vivid than with the Nikon.  It is as if there is a built in polarizing filter. However, in some situations the camera does not perform.  In dimly lit shots the flash is blinding and tends to over expose light colored objects.  Choosing not to use the flash decreases the shutter speed blurring any moving objects.


Update 11/8/10: Unloading a round of pictures recently we were disappointed to see a terrible flaw in all of our shots.  A dark circle has appeared which is present in every shot.  It is apparent on any picture with a light background.  We have cleaned the lens but this did not solve the problem. It is visible just below the right palm tree’s foliage in this picture. It is very disappointing to have this essentially unfixable problem which can ruin almost every picture after only 6 months of use!