As an amateur photographer I'd love to take my big Canon SLR with me, along with some nice L glass and a sturdy tripod. But this is a motorcycle trip and weight is everything. So I had to put aside my previous conviction that compacts just plain suck, and went shopping.
The camera needed to do a few things well. It had to have a pretty good lens, it had to do video and GPS support would be really nice. Canon used to have really awful compacts, especially the early PowerShot and IXUS models. I used to sell those as a teenager. It's only the last few series that have been acceptable. And with this one, they've become sublime. For a compact, that is.
It takes some getting used to. Especially the lack of a viewing ocular still bothers me. It's hard to keep the thing horizontal. I've bought a little Gorillapod just in case.
For those epic on-board footage thingies you see on TV, I got myself a GoPro Hero HD last year. I still have it and it's just absolutely awesome. Glued to the side of my helmet, so you'll get a nice view like you're riding pillion.
The thing is dirt cheap, water resistant and has a battery that last for ages. It can record video up to 1080p. The user interface is clunky, but usable.
Audio is pretty good for a little thing like that. It tries to filter out wind as much as it can. Too bad my windscreen generates way more turbulence than it can handle.