A while ago I decided not to take my DSLR (Sony Alpha 450) although I love the image quality and versatility of that camera. But its weight including charger and other accessories exceeds 1 kg, so I decided on a compact camera - a Nikon Coolpix S9700 with a really great zoom lense. The other remaining question was which tripod to take. I bought the Gorilla Joby tripod and it is sturdy enough to carry the Sony. At 400g it clearly outweighs the 55 grams of the Sony mini-tripod which is shown on the left. So, the conclusion is to put weight-saving above versatility and I'm taking along my Nikon with the mini-tripod on the big tour through Canada and the USA.