A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
So many people come to see us after getting themselves into a real turmoil about which camera to get - and about 90% of them have done so by reading forums on the internet and getting mates to advise them. Lucky ones have a dial-up connection and only one mate - at least the level of static is lower...
It is pretty simple in the end. Everything does actually work - all cameras will take pictures. Scratch off the nonsense stuff and the ones that might be dead out of the box - good sense should keep you from the former and Australian warranties save you from the latter. What you are left with is a variety of sizes and shapes and a price that increases with the sophistication of the gear. Start low and go high.
What's your best compromise? if you don't need to conceal it in your change purse, or want to haul the equivalent of an artillery transfer case everywhere you go, you might well consider the bridge camera.
And all in one piece. No lens changing, no clouds of dust falling inside. A neater, lighter package, and well able these days to produce the sort of tourist or art work that the average punter really wants.
See enclosed examples. Not great art but nearly there...just a little further over the bridge.