Understanding camera zoom and recommendation for backpacking/hiking camera

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Understanding camera zoom and recommendation for backpacking/hiking camera
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I'm considering buying the Sony rx100vii. I'm trying to grasp what the 200mm equivalent zoom does for me. I've read somewhere that 200mm is 10x zoom but then they get into focal length and something about 10x is just max focal length /min focal length. I would just like to be able to understand how plays out practically without having access to camera. I do have a set of 7-15 x 25 binoculars. would 200mm be the same as 10x on those?

I'm mainly looking for a camera to take on week long trips backpacking. I want something better than my phone but still light that can do mountains, glaciers and the ocean justice but also wildlife when the occasion presents. I don't want to get to close to bears, spook caribou or swim out to sea lions but i would like be able to get a half decent photo of them.

to be honest the rx100vii is at the high end of my budget. Would something like the ZS100 be good enough?  Other recommendations welcome.  Basically decent zoom that fits in hipbelt pocket and better than phone camera.

I was even looking at the FZ300 but the fact that its basically a phone sized sensor with out all the cool phone post processing. Its also just to big for what i want.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Panasonic ZS100
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