|Originally posted by man from Oz:
...It must be easy to carry when in the backcountry and fairly robust.
Huh? Oz, does this make sense?
The best camera to use in the backcountry is a something tiny, quick and simple. Very few gizmos that fits easy into a shell or fleece pocket. If you get something bigger, you'll end up either storing it in your pack and hardly using it, or opting to not bring it very often. If you are a hardcore photographer who likes super quality, like AC, I'd save the money for a 35mmSLR, otherwise go with something like a Cannon sureshot.