Hello, I'm debating between investing more money and getting an MILC or having a more travel-convenient prosumer compact. Advice would be greatly appreciated as I've overwhelmed myself with too many options and can't seem to make up my mind. Budget * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. My budget is $1000 including the lenses/accessories. Size * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? I need to be able to carry it around with me all day, either around my neck or in my pocket. As I'll be traveling in winter, my pockets should be larger so the camera doesn't have to be ultra thin but I would still like it not to be a burden. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? I don't really care about MP? After reading about a few (50) cameras, it seems that MP is less of a concern as it really depends on the other equipment. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) I would like more than the standard 3x-4x, but it doesn't have to be an ultrazoom either. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 9. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Yes General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? I'll be taking a lot of outdoor shots including scenery/architecture but not necessarily in bright daylight. I'm getting this camera because I'll be traveling but I live in Alaska where there's not much daylight (well, until at least May) and I'd like to be able to use it, of course, when I get back home. So good performance in low light is necessary. I would like the camera not to lack in indoor shots, too. * 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? Yes, I have a dog. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? I like Samsung because I've had good experience with other products. Of course, I realize this has nothing to do with how their cameras will perform. Are there particular models you already have in mind? MILC: Samsung nx300, Sony nex-6 Compact: Sony rx-100, Sony rx100 II, Nikon p7800, Lumix lx7, Canon g15 (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) I like the idea of a rotating LCD for shots of tall structures which I think wide angle would then also be needed? Basically I want a camera that's travel-friendly, can take excellent architectural photos as well as indoor photos, and perform well in low light. I keep seeing the rx100 recommended as an amazing compact camera with superb image quality but it has such a low zoom which the p7800 can top with a 7.1x zoom but that has slow autofocus and narrow aperature. Also, I wonder if the rx100 II is worth the extra $250 over the rx100. I also saw a rave review for the lx7 which is the least expensive camera I've been looking at so that's giving me some thought as well. I don't know if I should just get the nx300 with a zoom lens so I can just change lenses or if it's not worth the hassle and the potential cost. I just don't know- there are so many things to consider! Thanks for any advice and I apologize for all the jumping around. I've been looking around for about a week and my choices seem to get more confused than narrowed down when trying to decide by myself.