The Pantax OptioWPi is a great size/weight but the lens is stated at more than 35mm in wide angle as are the others except the GX100 and the SD870. These are possibly the sort of thing for me to look at. The GX100 is a nice camera - looking at the specs anyway. Maybe its too much camera for this application. The 24-28mm wide angle would be good though.
Roger I hear what you are saying and I don’t wish to throw the baby out with the bathwater regarding taking photos but, NOT a good reason - for who???
I think for some people weight is a perfect reason for rejecting a piece of equipment especially when discussing on a forum like backpackinglight.
Why am I out there? To hike - and usually to do so with a nod to minimizing weight carried. For me the camera is simply to record the trip, and do a good job of it, but it doesn’t have to make commercial quality images. Some hikes are ‘big camera’ worthy, on some I won’t take one at all. I am looking for a suitable camera, whilst possibly saving almost ¾ of a pound and a bit of pack volume. We may soon have a second camera in the family and I was looking for suggestions of one to suit, sorry if this wasn’t clear in my first post. Of course I can still take the G5 for certain hikes.
Thanks for the tip about the batteries I didn’t think of that. If a suitable camera with standard batteries doesn’t exist then I’ll certainly consider battery life and cost of a backup before buying.