thank you for your visit and kind words. Always a pleasure to hear from you. As you have mentioned the camera: the Sony DSC-HX1 it is not just "point and shoot" but a highly advanced, lightweight bridge camera with a lot of features to be selected by hand, and some really cleverly designed handling features - much more convenient in the field for my purposes than e.g. the Canon EOS 7D that I am experimenting with right now. That late and not quite inexpensive dSLR model is still turning me down with its clumsiness, and a turnable screen on the back still missing.
The bridge camera, of course, does not offer RAW mode. And its small size chip and firmly mounted zoom would always deliver a compromise instead of true high-end image quality. But imagine taking with us a telezoom of 560mm focal length for a full frame-dSLR. We would need a sherpa for carrying it. And an oilwell in the backyard to finance. As a compromise for an amateur on long-distance hiking, I would always go for a bridge camera. And some of its results, particularly in the moderate macro range, are not that bad either. (The image of Sappho as shown here I would consider to be of rather poor quality, however. But mostly due to the fact that it was taken from a several meters distance, making it necessary to do a substantial cropping out of an original 4 times larger in size for the presentation here).
With all my best wishes to you my friend.
P.S.: Looked at that marvellous dragonfly macro that you took years ago in Mumbai with just another good "point and shoot". Isn't that wonderful?