Hello folks My girlfriend and I are leaving on September 14 for a 6-week humanitarian effort in Ghana, Africa. We organized the trip through a group called http://villagevolunteers.org/" [Broken]. The DSLR is amazing and we will definitely be bringing it with us. What we are looking for, is something less bulky that can be taken out on day hikes and on side excursions where we might not want to drag the DSLR with us. But we am trying to avoid cheapo point and shoots that don't perform. Point and shoot cameras typically suffer from a 'lag time' from the time you press the shutter button and the time it actually captures the image (is this delay time quantified somehow in the specs of a camera?). I would also like the camera to be able to capture really high quality images comparable to that of a DSLR. We are prepared to spend ~ $500 (USD) on this and were hoping to get some suggestions from someone who owns something like this. Any thoughts are appreciated!