true! My struggle is finding a smallish camera that can take good long range and landscape pics.Also, pics like spooky's need to be pretty decent to capture night time/ dark images like the moon and lightening in a storm. Thats where the phones and compacts really seem to fail.
DRIFT: I was considering the new Sony A5100 for a good hiking camera
The SONY is supposedly great (and the new model coming out). I've rented some Fuji cameras (X100 was the last one) from Borrow Lenses and was trilled with the results. I still like a DSLR or something like the viewer on some of the Fuji cameras, since I have trouble seeing the screens in sunlight. I picked up a Pentax Q a few months ago for cheap figuring the kids could learn something with it. The tiny sensor limits the quality and kills the depth of field, but everytime I use it (when the kids say, "Take it, I don't want to do this anymore.") acceptable results are had. Post 1278 on page 43 is an example of using this tiny sensor, not much bigger than what is in a phone. It is good enough for the annual family photo album, but not for a poster on the wall. If I had the $ I'd go with the Fuji or SONY.
FWIW, Cannon has a solid tiny DSLR, and Pentax is coming out with a 20mp version within a couple of weeks. These things are tiny, and the telephoto lenses you use will probably weigh a lot more than the cameras.