I'm looking for a small, easy to use camera for my wife. I have never shopped for cameras aside from DSRL's, so I need your help!
She will mainly use it for travel and weekend getaways. I have in mind these options:
1) EOS M
2) PowerShot G1X
3) PowerShot G15
4) PowerShot G12
Please provide your input and why you would go with your selection.
I'd pick a micro 4/3 camera.
Reasons -- big sensor, interchangeable lenses (you might not want to change lenses that often, but the point is that you can choose from a wide variety of lenses), good range of bodies to choose from.
The Olympus OM-D seems to be the pick of the bunch right now, but there are a number of other good options (Panasonic GX-1 which is somewhat discounted now, Panasonic GF series for something more compact/simpler).
If you're going to be shooting outdoors and don't think you'll benefit much from a bigger sensor, then a compact point and shoot might work, maybe a Canon S series, or Panasonic LX series.
(edit) another reason I recall going with a big sensor mirrorless as opposed to a point and shoot -- one of the major issues with point and shoot (and my wife's main gripes) was the sluggish AF performance which makes the camera feel unresponsive. At the time, I researched AF speed of the various "high end" point and shoots and they weren't going to cut it. The mirrorless cameras aren't quite as snappy as a DSLR but they are pretty close.