I would look at detailed, online reviews of whatever models you are contemplating. Most good reviews are written after a pretty thorough testing in use. My experience has been that sometimes a camera that looks good on paper really is not that good Of a shooter, and sometimes a camera that might not look all that impressive on paper in the stat sheet is actually a pretty darn good camera in the real world. A lot of times people make a Camera purchase decisions based almost exclusively on either Brand, or by statistics, and over the past 25 years is pretty common for many cameras to have very similar statistics. Being a bit older and more used to the dial metaphor, I have found that the canon G 15 is a really neat camera, as are some of the Fuji X series models.