My husband bought a new camera last year. It's quite a big device and he even has a few additional lenses for it, so if he takes it with him it's another bag in the car But I must say, it's worth it. Apparently the camera has a very good optical shutter, a very good ccd chip as well as very fast autofocus electronics and a huge resolution. He can zoom in like he has a pair of binoculars built in and also the speed of that camera helps a lot when taking pictures of the kids in action (and my kids never sit still...). Next holiday we'll take it as well and I can't wait to see the pictures!