Compact cameras are routinely touted as a good choice for travel photography, but Samsung's new 7.2-megapixel model lays special claim to that purpose. The L74's Tour Guide feature, accessed via the three-inch touch-screen LCD monitor, provides travel info and suggested photo ops for 4,500 regions in 30 countries. (It's similar to the interface on the very cool Samsung NV11.) A soon-to-arrive GPS pocket module, expected to sell for under $100, adds latitude, longitude, elevation, and time to the picture's Exif data via the charger port. You just have to keep the module, which is the size of a thumb drive, with you while shooting. You can later create maps with icons showing where you shot your images using Web-based services such as Google Earth. Remember when putting the date in the picture corner was a big deal?
Other travel-friendly features on the L74 include a 28-100mm (equivalent) 3.6X zoom, which offers wide-angle coverage well-suited to landscapes and buildings; and Face Recognition autofocus, for self-timer shots in front of famous landmarks.