Hi guys, thanks for your input. I had a good look at some cameras today, messed about with them as much as I was allowed. I got to try these cameras, the Lumix G2, NEX-5, SLT-A33 and 550D. I really like all these cameras, in order it would be:
Like the size and weight, like the features too.
Georgeous looking camera, compact, really nice results, simple but awkward interface. (Didnt realise it had a HDR mode until I just read Gordon's review on it!)
3) Lumix G2
Like the size, weight and material of the body, again good results, nice articulated touch screen, bit gimmicky though.
Excellent sturdy camera, just a bit chunky for what I have in mind though.
Just now Im torn between the A33 or the NEX-5. Im going to get a camera on friday as its my only day off before I go on my travels. So I have all day tomorrow at work to make a decision on what Im going to get. If I go for the A33 Id probably go for the higher end A55 instead though.
I did manage to buy a camera today though, it was a compact for my girlfriend as her camera was getting a bit old and outdated.