Doug is going to Alaska for a fishing trip and he wants a nice camera to take pictures. Leo says if it needs to be waterproof, then the Olympus Tough TG3 is a relatively good solution. $350. If he needs more or wants to change lenses, then Leo recommends the Olympus OM-D, around $600.
The next level up is Nikon or Canon, and the APS-C size. The Canon Rebel T5i is a good entry level camera. Then the next step is the full frame Sony Alpha 7 series at around $1500. But for what Doug is looking for, the Olympus OM-D is a great solution.