Hey! I am new to this forum and new to the world of digital cameras. To date I have survived with my excellent HTC Velocity Camera phone. It is truly an exceptional camera for a smart phone. However, in December I will be spending Xmas and New Year in Sicily with family, before making a permanent move to London/Europe. So, I need a digital camera as I am sick of my battery being used up on my phone. I don't want to get too serious about photography, and don't want the stress of changing lenses. I have come to the conclusion a compact camera is what I need, but I want a top of the range one so I can take advantage of the stunning ruins in Sicily and everything Europe has to offer. Money is not a real concern. I am happy to spend $600 - $1000 for an excellent compact point and shoot that will take great photos. From what I have been reading, the Sony RX 100ii is the cream of the crop in the category I have been looking in, but my brother, who is supposedly a photo nut and has been to Europe several times believes the 3.6 zoom might be dissapointing. I didn't think I'd need much more zoom, as I am not planning on going on Safari and taking shots of animals from afar! lol Most of the time my travels will take me quite up close to most monuments/historical sites. So I figured 3.6 is fine? Can anyone help? For me, compactness, ease of use, amazing picture quality, wi fi, good video capabilities are the most important attributes in a new camera.