Sony DSC-RX100 IV
Yes, admittedly it’s rather expensive for a compact, but then the high frame rate, fast burst mode and 4K video recording aren’t to be sniffed at. You probably won’t be using them every day, but they’re great options to have at your fingertips. The RX100 IV is also a premium point-and-shoot that offers all the flexibility and all-round performance you could ever need. If it’s a compact camera you’re after, and your budget’s big enough, then this is the one to go for.
Stuff says ★★★★★ A pocket rocket compact with almost no compromises: the perfect companion for your system camera Panasonic Lumix LX100 US$799 / panasonic.com
This is one of the most capable premium compacts on the market. It can capture 4K footage, but its superb stills and HD video performance are what make the Panasonic stand out. Stuff says ★★★★★ A star performer when it comes to the basics
Sony RX10 III ★★★★★ US$1499 / sony.com
One of the best all-rounders we’ve ever seen, capable of handling everything you could ask of it with aplomb. If you’re looking for a high-performance camera without the hassle of interchangeable lenses, this is it. Stuff says ★★★★★ The best bridge camera you can get
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 ★★★★★ US$899 / panasonic.com
Incredibly versatile – a fixed-lens camera capable of shooting fantastic stills and video.
Fujifilm X70 ★★★★★ US$699 / fujifilm.com
A very nice little camera with a big sensor delivering excellent image quality.