I'm off on a trip to Japan in two months, followed by a trip to the USA over Christmas and I'm trying to decide what camera I want to take with me.
I currently own a Sony Alpha-100, bought 6 years ago and I still use the stock 18-70mm f3.5/5.6 lens with it. About 4 years ago I got a Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 cheap on ebay and the autofocus is now shot on it (loud whirring noise and vibration when I turn on the camera!), but not a problem because it was always really slow anyway. The longer lens takes much better photos, but I can get some good results with the stock lens. Some examples:
The thing has survived many wet and muddy rides stuffed in a plastic bag in my rucksack and was working great until I let a friend borrow it for a month in Europe. The shutter release button now sticks and the rear screen (always difficult to view in daylight) is now moderately scratched in one area. I think she's also ruined the USB connection so I need a card reader to get the photos off it.
So...I still really like using the camera. The steady-shot thing is great, and I'm familiar with all it's quirks and functions. What I'm wondering is whether to get it serviced, if that's possible, to fix the shutter release button and then treat myself to some better/more flexible lenses to take travelling with me; or buy a replacement 2nd-hand DSLR which will have a much more up-to-date sensor (my photos are often noticeably grainy) and a better screen; or go for something brand new and compact which would be better for travelling but not so flexible? I've done limited touristy stuff with the Sony, but it's not really bothered me having it slung around my neck/shoulder!
Budget is about £350-400, if you're still reading