I would go with the SLR. I purchased a Canon 20x compact zoom, an all-in-one "Super-zoom" camera, and, while the picture quality is acceptable when pictures are taken in good light, quality suffers in less that optimum light, and at full zoom without a tripod. I am assuming that the SLR's have much bigger and better sensors. If you just need an all-purpose travel camera, these super-zooms are great. If you want consistent high quality prints, go with the SLR.