We've put together a list of some cool cameras with features that are just right for whatever style vacation you've got planned.
What are you doing this summer? Check out what gear you'll need!
You'll like the Pentax Optio W10 ($300), a 6 Megapixel amphibian that can handle depths down to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes.
Consider the 6 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z600 ($260). With a superlife battery CIPA rated at over 500 shots, it could go a whole wilderness weekend before needing a recharge.
Going on a golf tour?
Want to analyze your swing? Check out the "Multi-Burst Mode" on the 8 megapixel Sony Cyber-Shot DSC N1 ($450), which shoots 16 small images in rapid succession and outputs a single 1MB file showing the photos in sequence. Perfect for helping tame that slice!
Want to capture panoramas of sweeping vistas of the American West?
The 23mm superwide lens on the 5 megapixel Kodak V570 ($350), combined with in-camera Panoramic Stitch mode will help you take it all in at the Grand Canyon and other National Parks.
Consider an Image-stabilized 12x superzoom such as the Canon Powershot S3 IS ($499), Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5 ($499), Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 ($348), or Kodak Easyshare Z612 ($400). The long lens will bring the whales in close, and the combination of Electronic Viewfinder and Image stablization will keep you steady while onboard the vessel.
Traveling light? Really light?
The Casio Exilim EX-S600 stuffs 6 megapixels and a 3x zoom into a tiny credit-card sized package that's just .7" thick, and just 4.7 ounces.
Going Kayaking? Mountain Biking the Pacific Northwest? Hiking the Waterfalls of Costa Rica?
The Olympus Stylus 720 SW ($390) is shockproof and waterproof to 10 feet. Add the optional PT-033 underwater housing, and the camera can swim to 131 feet!
Want to make a time-lapse movie of the sun setting in paradise?
Check out the flip-book mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 ($300). It animates up to 100 still frames and output it as a movie file.
Want a rosy glow in your honeymoon self-portraits?
The stylish Leica C-Lux 1 ($500) has a 'soft skin' mode to smooth out skin tones.
Want to document your road trip in old-school high-contrast black and white?
Use the black and white text mode on the Pentax Optio S6 ($240) to add a retro photojournalism feel to your cross-country travels.
Want to shoot like a photojournalist, but you're on a budget and don't want to lug a huge bag?
The Nikon D50 kit has you covered from 18mm to 200mm for just under $800.
You're going on Safari. You've got porters to haul your gear.
Consider the Canon 5D, a full-frame 12.8 megapixel DSLR ($3180), along with some top of the line glass from superwide to supertelephoto, such as the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L ($1360), the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L ($1150), Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS ($1700), the Canon 400mm f/4.0 DO IS ($5300), and the Canon 600mm f/4.0L IS ($7200) (Grand total: $19,890)