At the time of it's release, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is the lightest camera sporting a 20x zoom. Weighing in at just 5.9 ounces, the S7000 is a tiny camera that looks to still stand its ground.
The highlighting feature in the S7000 is that 20x optical zoom lens, which is also stabilized for less blur. Behind that lens is a 1/2.3" sensor, the typical size in most compacts, and we certainly didn't expect any larger with the camera's small size. That combo should result in image quality that meets the expectations for the category, and with a 9.2 fps burst mode, performance should be right on track too.
Auto plus 18 scene modes makes picture taking simple, and with wi-fi, sharing is easy too. The battery life isn't the greatest at less than 200 shots per charge, but that's one of the trade-offs for the smaller size.
While smaller cameras usually come at a larger price, the Nikon S7000 seems to compete well with the other options. There's a handful of cameras at around the same price with a bit bigger zoom, but models with similar specs like the Olympus SH-1 and Sony WX350 are also similarly priced. So far, the S7000 looks to compete in a crowded category as a solid travel option.