to fit your specs.
Leica has the Digilux 2, a five megapixel compact digital camera with a 3.2x optical zoom lens. Leica are promoting this camera as the "analog" digital camera, in essence this is driven by the camera's design and control layout which is almost identical to a standard manual film camera (such as aperture ring, shutter speed dial etc.) The lens is also pretty special, a 28 - 90 mm equiv. with a maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide angle and F2.4 at telephoto. The Digilux 2 has a magnesium body, a trans-reflective 2.5" LCD monitor, Electronic viewfinder, stores images on SD card and is powered by a 1400 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. It is $1,700 on eBay.
The Panasonic version of this camera is the DMC-LC1 and is listed on Amazon for $1,100.
Sorry you must get these requests all the time but I'm desperately trying to pick a digital camera and after a number of searches on the net, there is so much stuff its impossible to choose or find what your looking for. It would help me LOADS if I could have you opinion. I wont waste any more of your time and will wade straight in.
Baiscally I am going travelling for about 8 months in some remote places so I need a camera thats (in order or importance):
1. Large storage
2. Small and compact (including when charging)
3. Long battery life
4. Quite resistant to knocks
5. Quality pictures (3-5 megapixels)
6. Easy to connect to computer to download pictures
I am willing to pay quite a lot for a camera that will last around 500 pounds ($850)
Any suggestions would REALLY help just to narrow down my search.