posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM EDT

IR's 2011 Travel Zoom Shootout Contenders.There's nothing better than a Travel Zoom digital camera when you're on a trip. You can pack light and yet take comfort that you have the equivalent of at least a 300mm lens in your pocket, as well as a nice wide-angle lens. But picking the right Travel Zoom camera can be a hassle. What features are most important? How well do they work? Which will capture the best images? In our Travel Zoom Shootout, we aim to answer those questions. We shoot with each camera, look at their major features, and test their low light abilities, video capability, and look at the lab and printed results before making our top choices. Click here to see our Travel Zoom Shootout! And while you're there, complete our survey to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!