A Compact with Swivel-Screen for Traveling?

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A Compact with Swivel-Screen for Traveling?

Hi, i ponder-ponder what compact with swivel screen to take to my next exotic journey. Last i had taken a Powershot G12, but that model’s old now and my last copy was stolen by an African camera repair store.

I take the usual holiday pictures – people, landscape, city, interiors of coffee-houses, hotel rooms and palaces, flowers and interesting food. I do like to attach polarizer or close-up lens (via adapter) and use the built-in flash a lot for fill-in even in daylight. I do not bring an extra-flash, but will have a table-tripod (gorilliapod) in the suitcase. Wide angle with 28 mm equiv. is very welcome, 24 mm equiv. even more so. I do like touch screens. I like a modicum of hand-grip and do cramp with flat-front-cameras. I like touch-screens, electronic horizons, focus tracking, raw-output and lovely bokeh (aware i won't get much bokeh with a compact). For easy social snapping on nights out i use just a camera phone (it’s good enough, i tried it).

Other musts:

  • must be with me on Sept 3 (latest)

  • articulated screen, preferably left-hinged

  • def. not larger than Canon G1 X, preferable smaller

  • easy controls for PASM, exp. comp., ISO etc.

Don’t need:

  • video

  • special hi-ISO talents

  • flash hotshoe

  • chic design, Wifi, GPS

  • super zoom range

  • very fast focus or fps (first of all, no sports)

  • view finder

Models pondered:

  • Canon Powershot G12

  • Canon Powershot G14 (tba soon ?)

  • Canon Powershot G1 X

  • Nikon P7100

  • Samsung EX1 F

  • Samsung EX2F (maybe not yet available)

Other large-sensor or small-sensor compacts don’t sport swivel screens and thus are not considered. I also looked at mirrorless system cameras like Olympus E5 or Panasonic G5, but with a zoom they seem too big (I’m invested in m43). Also, actually, the hi-ISO talents of the small-sensor Powershot G12 are good enough for me.

Did i overlook something? Thanks for your experiences and considerations!

Canon PowerShot G1 X Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix P7100 Olympus E-5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
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