I'm overwhelmed by options, and am having a bit of difficulty narrowing my choices--I don't even know if I want an interchangeable-lens system, or just a quality point-and-shoot. Any of you camera owners have recommendations?
I'm going on vacation this summer, to visit distant relatives I've never met. Half the areas I'm travelling to will be visually arresting (remote villages, mountains, desert, etc), but I can't be weighed down by my DSLR + lenses. HOWEVER, I care a great deal about image quality; in other words, my smartphone wouldn't suffice.
I could care less about megapixel count, I am mainly interested in these qualities:
-the resulting images have high clarity; crisp, a 100% crop wouldn't just be a hazy mess. This is absolutely the most important feature.
-the camera has decent low-light performance; some cameras work fine in daylight, but produce worthless shots indoors.
-it'd be nice if the lens--interchangeable or no--has a wide aperture
-it'd be nice if the camera itself wasn't slow to respond; i.e. if you press the shutter button but it takes the photo 5 seconds later.
I am hesitant to spend more than $500, since I already have a decent camera. I know there are some great M4/3rds kits for around that price, but some are so bulky I might as well take the DSLR. And pancake lenses are pretty damn expensive!
I was considering the Pentax Q (since it's so small, and still has interchangeable lenses), or a higher-end point-and-shoot (like the Lumix LX7). I don't know which would be better quality. Any other suggestions? I'd prefer a camera whose kit lens doesn't stick out like 8 inches. Thanks!!
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