the LX3 has been an awesome equivalent, but correct, it's almost 3 years old now, no?
I don't remember, but it's definitely not very new.
The LX5 will be replacing the LX3 this month so that means you can soon get an LX3 for cheap or just wait for the LX5 which should have big improvements in noise control and resolution.
Otherwise I'd recommend the Sony H series of point&shoots like the HX5V or the H55. I've got an HX1 with a CMOS sensor and a lens that's equivalent to 28-600mm! I always take that camera with me on flights and leave my DSLRs at home unless I HAVE to bring the DSLR.
As far as Nikon their S8000 model ranked number 1 in a recent "Consumer Reports" magazine comparison.
That'd be cool. Panasonic has me interested.
The reason I decided to travel light is that I have to transfer to 3 different planes before I get to Kiev... Only taking carry on luggage ( 1 piece )
I thought about Panasonic LX3 as always been a fan of Leica lenses. Last year when using Nikon L19 , I was disappointed in the pictures. The Nikon P100 has not had good reviews and do not want 26x zoom. Prefer 3x zoom at most as this allows faster lense such as F2. If the Panasonic LX5 became available before trip, I would choose it.
What do you think of Olympus PEN E-PL1? This could be good choice and if I put it in carry on luggage/ it should not take much room. How does Sony NEX 5 or 3 compare to Olympus Pen series or Panasonic DMC-GF1?
Is that the one with the built in flash? If you're okay with a new system of lenses, then go for it. But if I travel light, I really travel light. I don't usually need crazy reach anyway.
Totally off topic, but Dan do you own a Miata?
Adamz- you should do a review on it for us.
By the way- here's a superzoom test.