Full HD Video
Other DSLRs have received more notoriety for the HD video capability, but Lumix G-series cameras quietly have become popular in filming circles. The G3 creates AVCHD-format video up to 1920x1080/60i and 1280x720/60p at 30 fps. You can record up to 2 GB at a time.
When it appeared on the Lumix GF2, touch-screen control instantly became a favorite feature. The G3 improves on the touch controls by giving you the ability to activate the AF anywhere in the frame instead of limiting it to the center AF point. Overall, the touch-screen makes it easy to navigate through camera controls, which makes the process of taking pictures more about getting a great shot than wading through settings.
A compact system like this gives you the ability to travel to some exotic places. Once there, you may be off the grid, so having a Goal Zero Kit with a solar panel will keep you charged up.
HD video takes up a lot of space quickly. Load up on high-capacity cards that are at least Class 6 to keep up.
With a lightweight camera and lens system, you can go with a lighter-weight tripod and ballhead like this Gitzo 1550T.