The Sony RX100 series are pretty good. My wife has one that I covet.... . It has a 1 inch sensor, not as good as the sensor on a GR, but better than the majority of compacts. It also has the advantage of a zoom lens. A VII can be picked up for less than 300 quid; this looks a very good price on the VIII http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Cyber-sh ... SwXYtYzUJO
aliengrove wrote:The Sony RX100 series are pretty good. My wife has one that I covet.... . It has a 1 inch sensor, not as good as the sensor on a GR, but better than the majority of compacts. It also has the advantage of a zoom lens. A VII can be picked up for less than 300 quid; this looks a very good price on the VIII http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Cyber-sh ... SwXYtYzUJO
I must say I've never heard a bad thing about these cameras. I know of professional photographers who take this on travelling holidays, rather than a backpack full of DSLR gear.
I visited Milford Sound (lower West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand) for the first time recently and found myself jumping between the weather proof kit lens for wide shots and the 55-300mm for closer stuff. I genuinely think on that day a compact with a nicely paired lens would have been more useful. Add to that better video (higher bitrate) would have been appealing also.
Weather sealing might be a consideration though? Agree on the unsuitability of a fixed focal length option.
I would have thought that a camera with telephoto zoom would have been more usfull on trip like this than one with the a limeted zoom. Hopefully alot of the photos will be taken in good light so the smaller sensor wont be such a limitation. Something like the Panasonic TZ80 would be my choice if it had to be compact.
If she had more money to spend something like a used FZ1000 or TZ100 would have been my first recomendation, but i think they are to expensive
My big concern with all these options would be the cold conditions experienced, i think spare batterys would be advisable as the cold can affect their ability to sustain power.
Just a couple of more options, I use the Panasonic LX100 and my wife and daughter use a Canon G7X II as apparently it's a awesome vloging camera??? We did have the Sony RX100 but changed it to the Canon via a insurance claim. The only problem with the above mentioned cameras is I'm wondering if the zoom is going to be long enough for your wife's needs, if not, I can highly recommend the Panasonic TZ range as this is what I used before buying the LX100.