Just as a little update from my camera search in case anyone else is in the same boat (wanted a good camera for travel & general non professional use for around £500 https://www.lfgss.com/comments/13214257/):
We managed to borrow a Nikon D3200 before committing to a big spend (for us) which was really useful as we realised that despite saying size wasn't really an issue, it actually was. The Nikon took the quality of pictures we wanted but did at times seem a little bit too complicated for our very limited knowledge and quite a few times we found ourselves just not bothering to take it due the its bulk.
So having spent some more time in the shops fiddling with smaller cameras we decided the compacts we just too small & not quite up there for what we wanted in the images, DSLR's were too big so we decided mirrorless/compact-system would be best - eventually we bought a Fujifilm X-T10 with the [cheaper/considered less good by some but lighter/smaller/actually affordable for us] 16-50mm kit lense.
It's still early days yet as we've only taken it out a few times but we're pretty damn happy with it. Just the right size for us & is quite easy to take some really nice pictures with it.
Still learning about how all the settings work once you take it off auto but we're slowly getting there, it also has some film simulators & some fun filtery things it can add over the top which is nice. Another good feature I like about it is being able to connect the camera to my phone & upload photos to either storage or social media, this is probably standard on a lot of cameras around this price but I hadn't seen it before & the Nikon didn't have it.