On the left is my hand-me-down iPhone 4 I inherited from my wife when she had to get the new model, which now happens to be an old model by two generations. Surprisingly, Smartphones take really nice pictures. But not when they are in my hands. I cannot seem to hold the phone still enough while tapping the screen to make adjustments and "snap" the picture.
In the middle is my DSLR another hand-me-down from my wife when she had to have a newer model some years back. It takes great pictures. But I have grown tired of lugging it around on my hikes especially when I include two extra heavy lenses in the load. So it has come time to say good-bye to the DSLR. I sold my 70-300mm zoom and my 105mm macro lenses on eBay but will hang onto the camera itself, for after all it really is my wife's camera.
On the right is my trusty old point & shoot camera. It used to take great pictures, but things have changed a lot since it was born and now it takes just okay pictures. It is now in semi-retirement.
This is my new camera that will replace them all. You cannot tell by the picture but it is the same size as the point & shoot up above, only a wee-bit fatter with that lens. It has a 20.2 megapixel sensor. Now I am not all into counting megapixels as some people are. But as it was explained to me by the guy at the camera store, the sensor on my old Canon was about a quarter inch square in size. This camera has a sensor the size of a large postage stamp. Sony came out with their RX100 that has the same large sensor and this was Canon's response to it.
I compared both brands to each other reading all the "experts" reviews online and went with the Canon for I was already familiar with how they are set up (I didn't have to re-learn all that much), it had some qualities I was looking for and the Sony had some features that were not important to me. Also the Canon was cheaper. I took my new camera out for a test ride on a hike yesterday. I am not one that really notices all that much difference in pictures taken by one camera to another. But even I could tell a whole world of difference, especially in the video I shot! I like my new camera and so does my back.