I am not a good photographer! Megan is far better than I am. She has a real eye for composition. She also knows how to use her Olympus Digital SLR (it is a micro cour thirds camera).
However, since I travel quite a bit and get see some pretty amazing stuff I love taking photos. But, as I mention above I need all the help I can get. After receiving a gift on a reacent trip I bought myself a Leica D-Lux 5 camera at the duty free in Hong Kong. It was much cheaper than buying it in South Africa (even after I declared it at customs upon entry).
This is what my Leica looks like.
It is a classic looking camera (particularly when it is in the brown leather case). It takes incredible pictures, even in the lowest light conditions. In fact I hardly ever use the flash! The Leica lens is what makes all the difference with this baby (oh, and I believe the sensor is also pretty good). Even on auto mode it takes amazing pictures.
Truthfully, the best camera you have is the one that you have with you. I could have bought a similar camera to Megie's. But in truth I would never travel with a camera bag with lenses etc. The Leica is about a large as I would go.
Let me just add that the iPhone 4 has one of the very best camera's I have ever used. It is super fast, takes great quality pictures. But it doesn't compare to the Leica.
As I mentioned it is the Leica Lens technology that makes all the difference. Take a look at this cross section of a Leica Lens and the text below from BoingBoing.
Hefting and peering through a high-end camera lens, you get a sense of the craft, the precision engineering, and the thoughtful design that went into it. But look at it in cross-section, as with this photo a neatly bisected Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm lens and the hellish, gorgeous complexity is revealed in a visceral way: "These were actually made by Leica students as a graduation project and boxed as a 'cutaway model' of the lens."
Cross Section Views of Leica Lenses (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Of course my Leica doesn't have a lens quite like this one! But, the lens it does have is pretty super regardless!