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My second digital camera was a Nikon CoolPix, and it's still an awesome little beast. Much better low light performance than my expensive DSLR, and far easier to use. All that you're giving up is the ability to swap lenses and stack filters, but having had a DSLR for several years, I find it difficult to remember the last time I really needed to do either. Just do it... and have a great trip!
I don't know what its replacement is but the Panasonic DMC-FX12 has been excellent for us, it's a few years old and still takes good pictures, decent movies etc.
Assuming Panasonic have maintained the quality over the last 5 (I'm guessing) years then I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1, had this for 3+ years now, and it just works! small and compact, stardard SD memory card and had no issues with it. Whether it was in the various lighting conditions of Disney Florida, the Ski mountains in Flaine, the low light levels in offshore modules, it has been just fine.
There are newer versions of it now. If mine was to eventually die, I would probably go with the another one.
I really liked that movie, primarily because of the stunning performance of Delphine Chaneac as "Dren," the adult mutoid. Adrien Brody I consider a walking disaster as an actor. I thought the screenplay plot twists, with overtones of incest, were well-written.
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