I had a Panasonic TZ10 until it was stolen.
I need to buy a new camera for my travels.
I was 100% satisfied with the performance of my camera on light, but on dark
I think it made quite stupid decisions, forcing me to manually trial-and-error settings.
I photograph usually buildings, castles, interior of temples (which is usually dark).
Sometimes I do photograph in macro.
What I do NOT photograph, is people, either portraits or parties, groups etc.
What I would need from my camera
* I think of a good compact or a hybird mirrorless with exchangeable lens.
* I am neither a photographer nor an artist. I do not have a lab. I only want it for travelling. I also have no technical knowledge of photography of any kind, just experience from trial and error on manual settings.
* To display on the LCD the real photo I will take with current settings, not need to half-press button to see. This is extremely important. I first saw it on Sony RX100 (but it is quite expensive, 600euro, with only 3.6x zoom)
* The ease of choosing desired exposure time on EACH photo, not to store and drive through menus each time (just like Sony RX100 again)
* If it is possible, can exposure time be reduced at nightshots? If for example I get a larger sensor size, will it take the photo faster at night? It is virtually impossible to keep my hand still for 2 or 4 seconds. I don't use tripods.
* I would wish focus would be much faster than my old camera. Also if it powers up fast it is desirable.
* Long zoom is very appreciated, but not so much that the camera would be huge. 10x would be a minimum.
* Pocket size is appreciated, weight below 300g is desired. This is not strict however.
* I view my photos only in my monitor, I *never* print them. As it seems, we won't go beyond 8MP monitors in this decade, so anything 10-12MP is an overkill for me. Actually I do not wish the image size to grow too much. I don't store at max quality, but I would be reluctant to use anything from the native sensor resolution, I don't want any blurring due to interpolation.
* Any redundant electronic noise is a deal-breaker. I do not want my camera to make silly sounds emulating old film cameras, as if I am a kid to get exited hearing beeps-beeps. My Panasonic was perfect for that, all sounds were mutable, but other cameras cannot mute the beep after the half-press of the button.
* I'd like "more part" of the environment to fit to my camera without needing to go back and back, as when I photo buildings, I am limited by the road width. Is this called angle-of-view? I think larger sensors would help since there would be less frame cropping, but are there cameras of reasonable size?
* I am quite skeptical about dSLRs. I am afraid of the cost of the lenses and the size of the camera.
* I do not wish very wide images, where dimensions are distorted, straight lines look curves and near objects seem huge.