You didn't say if this is a hypothetical situation and what your budget is. And why a compact? I would be inclined to grab a D5200 as the lenses I wanted to use would work. IF I had the money I would use this as an opportunity to upgrade my DSLR. If not, I would grab my Coolpix P7000, which is my back up camera anyway. Them I wouldn't have to fumble around learning a completely new menu system from a different manufacturer while on the trip of a life time.
If this were not hypothetical, the answer of course would be the Fuji x10 that is sitting right next to my elbow as I type this. If I were hypothetically buying something new, it would be down to the Fuji x20 or a Sony RX100. I personally would lean toward the Fuji, but I'd certainly be entertaining the Sony. I don't see any of the other compacts that I'd want to have right now.
If the question means to include larger cameras with interchangeable lenses, I'd be interested in the Fuji X-RE or X-Pro1, but now we're talking a lot bigger and a lot more money.
And if the intent of the vacation is to get away and lie on the beach, yes, the compact would be the choice. If I had allocated time for photography in that trip, I'd be taking both the DSLR and the compact (as I did last week). If one DSLR broke, I'd take one of the others, and if that didn't suit, I'd be on the phone to Lens Rentals.
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Hi Stash, Florida, Hawaii, Caribbean eh? Nice! The thing that seems to be the common denominator here is water. If you plan to get into that water I would recommend something waterproof. Nikon makes their Coolpix AW series. I’d look into those. I have an older waterproof Olympus that serves me well when snorkeling or just floating along. Enjoy your trip. Mark.
Panasonic G5. B&H has a deal on the G5 with kit lens for $498. For another $99 you get a 45-150 lens too.
I just purchased the G5 recently and I am impressed with its IQ. The G5 has a multitude of features, but it also has an iA "simple" mode as well. I also purchased a lens adapter for about $50 to use all my Nikon lenses on the G5 as well.
Another vote for the V1 and two lens kit. It maintains my workflow with NEF files. Menus are relatively intuitive. I've got extra batteries if needed. And I can use the FT1 and one or two of my lenses if needed.
I bought a Nikon 1 with two lenses for my granddaughter's birthday. I used it for a day and it was a real joy. Then I lost the card (@#$&*!) on our long trip back home, so I can't show you some samples, but they were very good, much much better than I expected. And the camera is really compact and very easy to take anywhere.
Nice summary for us Nikon-heads! As a former OM-1 shooter from film days I have a soft spot (out-of-focus spot???) for compact Olympus cameras. I had no idea why I should pay attention to this camera as a compact alternative -- until now.
Thanks for the link, Dinil. I've had an E-M5 less than a week now and like it, but I'm still trying to learn the details. I think I have it (mostly) configured the way I want it. Your remarks and the link to the DP Review coverage were helpful!
Thankfully I have a Nikon V1 so I'd just take that. But if I didn't have anything and had to rush to the store to buy one... in my area I have a decent selection and not so great prices. I'd buy a DSLR but since you said no DSLRs... probably a Canon G15. The odds of finding a Fuji X in store is low (and I don't want a fixed lens). And all the mirrorless cameras I've seen in stores have huge markups, even discontinued ones like the J1 which I still see marked at $500.
I like to have a camera with me on domestic and international business travel and decided that a retractable lens for suit-pocket carry was necessary. I also wanted credible low-light capability and raw capture.
I purchased the Sony RX-100 (1" sensor) - expensive but no regrets. I really did not want to start with another lens system.