- 2 gopros
- 1 contour
- my canon super zoom (body of an slr, 30x physical zoom, no lenses)
- my phone
- a mini-tripod
- flash diffuser
It's a bit of a drag because the best photos come from good cameras taken with good composition, and every setting has it's "perfect" camera which of course you won't have with you.
If I had to pick one I'd go with a point and shoot Canon. You'll actually have it with you, it packs light, and I trust Canon optics. Having a nice big beefy camera is "better" but only if you have it with you along with a tripod (or monopod), lenses, batteries, and don't mind lugging it about.
These are some shots I've taken with my Canon super zoom. It's a terrific camera and if you want to go further than a point and shoot but not necessarily get into SLR's, check them out. Click for full resolution.
For whatever it's worth, on that bottom shot there I was ~25x zoomed, used the 2 second delay feature, and had the camera on a mini tripod which was lashed to a chair on the roof of a building. I probably took 30 shots just of that scene. I'm not claiming it's great, but normally for every 5 shots I take 1 will be worth keeping and of those maybe ~5% are anything I'd put online or think is worth sharing.