Originally Posted by Monsieur
a lot of high school trips
not sure how high school trips are in your neck of the woods but the last thing I'd have done when going on trips with my classmates would've been to bring anything expensive/fragile... also most of the best pics from trips with people are impromptu snapshots which usually are better captured with a P&S.
What about a high quality (much cheaper) non-DSLR P&S like a canon G12 or (even better) a 2nd hand G10 etc.?