Small Cameras & Bad Backs

I am thinking about small pocket cameras again.  I have the Panasonic LF1 which is pretty good for its size.  The following pictures were taken with it.  The question:   do I need something better?

Before I go on, I need to explain the above pictures and why I am considering something else.  I went to see my back doctor about some new problems.  I took the first two pictures while I was in the waiting room and the last two when I was in the examining room.  I am sure that many around me recognize the office.

If you have followed my blog for a long time you know I had surgery in Nov 2010 which did wonders for my disposition and my ability to walk, but I’m now having problems again.  Those of you who have had back surgery know that this is a fact of life after lumbar fusions.  And it is one reason photographers tend to try and find lighter cameras later in life.

I sold my Pentax DSLR camera and lenses after my surgery since I found them too heavy to carry.  As I improved and found that I missed my DSLR, I got another one with the intent to carry it less often and not as far.  I have been doing that, but now that I am faced with more problems I know that in the future I might be using it less and less.   With that thought in mind I have my micro 4/3 system and prime lenses to fall back on and I might get another small system so that I am prepared for any eventuality.  On top of that, I want to have a small pocket system to always have with me; but I haven’t found one that I like in between the size of my micro 4/3 setup and my Panasonic LF1.  Based on the images that I can make with my LF1, I will hold onto it, and continue to use it.

There is no doubt that I want something better than the LF1 that is almost as small and light-weight.  The real question is, do I need something else and if so, what?  In the coming months I would like to see my wants and needs converge, but before that can happen, I need a clearer idea of what, where, and when I will be using a camera to make what kind of images.