Alternatives to Olympus Stylus 1?
So I'm going to Japan soon and planning to get a camera there as the prices are cheaper and selection far better.
I recently had a chance to try out the Olumpus Stylus 1 and it had a lot of what I want in a camera: optical stabilisation, good set of features, viewfinder and compact size. It's enough in the not-quite-DSLR territory for me to be comfortable.
Basically the big features for me are the viewfinder (prefer holding the camera to my face rather than at arms length), compact size so it's easy to dig out and doesn't take much extra space.
Previously I've only had a really old digital camera (Canon Powershot A75) and smartphones for photography but considering getting something more comfortable. Mostly for holiday snaps unless I suddenly get into photography more.
The Stylus 1 is my top contender right now, but can you recommend me something similar I should look into?
The Stylus 1 is kind of unique for its size, sensor and zoom range.
I prefer the Olympus XZ2 for its brighter lens (zoomed out) and same sensor. Does not have the zoom range though.
Be aware that if you buy a Sony camera in Japan, it will have Japanese menus only with no ability to add English later. Sony RX10 comes to mind as an option,but it is much more expensive and bigger.
The closest competitor is actually Nikon P7800. You sacrifice some reach (200mm equivalent vs 300mm) and some low-light quality at long end(f/4 vs f/2.8) but gain some low-light quality at wide end (f/2 vs f/2.8). You also sacrifice some viewfinder quality but gain fully articulated screen vs just tilting on Stylus 1.
P7800 is also somewhat cheaper. Worth trying if you can find it.