Greetings All, First off, I want to apologize in advance. I am probably this forum's least favorite type of member - completely uneducated on photography and super-casual as a user. Never even owned my own camera before. I filled out the recommended questionnaire in hopes that someone can guide me toward a specific model. I've browsed several camera-oriented forums recently, and the advice of this community seems to be the most trustworthy and thorough. Budget Under $1000 Size Small, portable, compact How many megapixels will suffice for you? The more the merrier - Ideally something on the high-end of compact cameras (20+) How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10, relative to compact cameras - I realize that going with a compact is automatically going to cap quality potential. *What optical zoom will you need? Standard (3x - 4x) should be fine - Ideally I would like to zoom in enough to grab photos of the occasional far away object (wildlife, player at a sporting event, etc.), but I don't need to see the pattern of a hawk's iris. What will you generally use the camera for? Taking standard photos of friends, family, and scenery while on trips Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? No Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? I will not be shooting any action sequences, but ideally I would like to get away with taking general scene photos without blur streaks (e.g. from a moderately paced jogger). Are there particular brands you like or hate? Nope - never had a camera, so haven't had the opportunity to slowly hate a company more over time . Are there particular models you already have in mind? From preliminary research, I am looking at a Sony DSC-RX100M II. Essentially, I am looking for a thin, casual camera that takes high-end photos (relative to other compacts). I genuinely would like to attend some photography workshops or read more instructional material to make use of advanced features and get better shots, but realistically that probably will not happen due to time limitations. Something with strong performance natively would be ideal. Is the DSC-RX100M II a good fit? Is it overkill for my inexperience? Is there perhaps a non-compact camera that would still be considered small / convenient to carry around? Also, as someone who doesn't plan to make use of Wifi, touch-to-phone transfer, video, etc. is the 40% increase in low-light performance worth the extra money over a regular DSC-RX100? Thanks!