Travel Tech: The Canon G12
The sort of camera we take on our travels isn't the same one we slip into a pocket for a night out. For one, when we're enduring long-distance travel, we want to be sure to get images and video worth the effort. So we're liking Canon's G12, successor (not surprisingly) to the G11. Why bother with the new one, when the old was a perfectly good camera? HD video is why: the G series ain't small, and there was never a convincing reason not to have high quality film capability.
As a working camera, one that can come out of the bottom of your carry-on unscathed and start shooting right away, time and time again, it fits the bill: rugged construction, hefty feel and weight.
Remember, it's not teeny - you can fit it in a pants pocket but not comfortably, but it's perfect for a jacket pocket or slipping into a bag. And battery life is good, which we appreciate. Also, you can grab one for around $470 right now online.