I'm going to be walking the Northumberland Coastal Path in a few weeks and am looking to upgrade my camera. I have a small point and click, but am looking for something that can do long distance vistas, more than close ups of people. Since I do a lot of hiking and back country hiking, I need something of a rugged camera. Where I'm heading, it's not unusual to have big temperature swings and bright sun to rain to bright sun a few times during a day - and I do a lot of winter hking in situations where -20 F is not unusual. Budget I'd like to stay under $800. Size I don't want a honking monster, nor do a want a tiny camera that will fit in the palm of my hand. Would prefer to keep it in the 3 lb range or less. Features High image quality, and some serious zoom ability would be nice. I'm not looking for a camera where I need to change lenses. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? I prefer automation. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? - hiking, backwoods traveling, vista shots, distance shots, zoom in on distances. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Not a concern Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Low light probably (dusk & very early morning), but indoors is not a concern. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Maybe some wildlife shots, but overall not a high priority. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? Open to all brands Are there particular models you already have in mind? No (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) - wide angle, weatherproof Thanks in advance!