Number 1 Question

I've spent a lot of time in the Rocky Nook booth here at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. Even though I'm there to help people learn about books and magazines, I end up spending much of my time talking shop. 

The Number 1 question I'm asked centers around camera purchases, specifically mirrorless and compact models. A lot of these folks say that they're shopping for their wives, but I'm guessing that they'll do the bulk of the shooting. 

"You're the Nimble Photographer. Maybe you could help me with a question." 

"Sure, what' on your mind?" 

"My wife would like a camera that she can carry around easily, yet it should capture in RAW and have high ISO performance." 

"Hmmm, your wife sounds like a pretty good photographer." 

"Not really." 

"Oh, I see. Well, I do have a few ideas for you..." 

We usually compare the virtues of Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic. But I feel like my comrades often had their minds made up before these conversations began. Maybe it's conformation they're after.

I enjoy these chats, however, and I do hope my thoughts lead to useful gear purchases... 

for whomever ends up with the new camera.