it’s a photo finish…
If you’re planning a holiday in 2014, the truth is any of these new high-end compact cameras would make a great travel companion, putting semi-pro features in your pocket. It really does depend on your budget and what you need.
At the entry level, the Fujifilm is perhaps the most handsome camera on test, its retro aesthetics sitting alongside a strong spec list and a wallet-friendly price tag. Then there’s the Panasonic’s Lumix LF1, a point-and-shoot camera with some very attractive bells and whistles, at a similarly appealing price perfect for those looking to ditch their phone.
At the more experienced end, the Olympus looks like a tiny DSLR and isn’t far off in terms of performance. That does mean it’s not that compact compared to the others on test, but is a very solid performer. By contrast, Canon’s offering is the smallest, but has the swagger of a proper high-end compact. Its pictures are just ace.
Yet there can only be one winner, and Sony’s impressive RX100 II narrowly takes the crown, beating some tough competition. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for: a super-solid chassis crammed with the finest optics and options, including a tilting LCD and hotshoe – a rare treat on a compact.