Fixed-lens cam­eras

If you’re happy to move your feet to get the best shot, or sim­ply want an all-in- one cam­era, you’ll strug­gle to find bet­ter ex­am­ples than these

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Canon Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II £529 www.canon.co.uk

The Pow­erShot G7 X Mark II sits just above the en­try-level G9 X II (£399) within Canon’s flag­ship G-se­ries pre­mium com­pact range. Built around a 20.1MP, 1in CMOS sen­sor, the G7 X II is equipped with a 24-100mm equiv­a­lent 4.2x zoom lens that pro­vides a fast f/1.8-2.8 aper­ture. While there’s no viewfinder, the tilt­ing 3in, 1.04-mil­lion- dot rear LCD dis­play is im­pres­sively sharp.

Fu­ji­film X100F £1,199 www.fu­ji­film.eu/uk

The X100F is the lat­est model in Fu­ji­film’s line of fixed-fo­cal-length pre­mium com­pacts. Us­ing the same 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sen­sor as the flag­ship X-Pro2 and X-T2 mir­ror­less mod­els, the X100F has a 23mm f/2 Fu­ji­non lens that’s ideal for street pho­tog­ra­phy. The X100F also has a hy­brid viewfinder that can pro­vide an op­ti­cal view with fram­ing guides, or a 2.36-mil­lion­dot elec­tronic viewfinder with 100% cov­er­age.

Canon Pow­erShot G1 X Mark III £1,089 www.canon.co.uk

This small SLR-styled cam­era some­how man­ages to house a 24.2MP APS- C sen­sor, which means that it of­fers ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity, along with snappy aut­o­fo­cus thanks to its dual-pixel CMOS de­sign. What’s more, the weather-proofed body is cov­ered in well-placed di­als that pro­vide plenty of man­ual con­trol. Last but not least, the cen­tral viewfinder and fully ar­tic­u­lated screen make com­pos­ing im­ages a plea­sure.

Le­ica Q (Typ 116) £3,499 uk.le­ica-cam­era.com

The Le­ica Q has a 24.2MP full-frame sen­sor, a class-lead­ing 3.68-mil­lion-dot elec­tronic viewfinder and a 3in, 1.04-mil­lion­dot touch­screen dis­play. The fixed Le­ica Sum­milux lens pro­vides a fo­cal length of 28mm with a max­i­mum aper­ture of f/1.7, with built-in op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion to keep im­ages sharp at slower shut­ter speeds. The beau­ti­fully crafted body and elegantly pared-back con­trols make this a very de­sir­able cam­era in­deed.

Olym­pus Tough TG-5 £379 www.olym­pus.co.uk

The TG-5 is a rugged pre­mium com­pact, wa­ter­proof to 15m, shock­proof to 2.1m, crush­proof to 100kg and freeze-proof to -15°C. Fea­tures in­clude a 1/2.3in back­side-il­lu­mi­nated 12MP CMOS sen­sor and a 4x op­ti­cal zoom that’s equiv­a­lent to 25-100mm in 35mm terms.

Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC-LX100 II £849 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

This clas­si­cally styled model sports ana­logue con­trol di­als for a re­ally en­gag­ing shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Its unique mul­ti­aspect ra­tio sen­sor and Le­ica 24-75mm equiv­a­lent f/1.7-2.8 lens give plenty of cre­ative op­tions that should ap­peal to en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers.

Sony RX10 IV £1,799 www.sony.co.uk

The undis­puted king of all-in- one bridge cam­eras, Sony’s RX10 IV pairs a 20MP, 1in type sen­sor with a huge 24- 600mm equiv­a­lent zoom lens. It can shoot at 24 frames per sec­ond, with the 315-point AF sys­tem keep­ing sub­jects sharp. It of­fers full man­ual con­trol, in­clud­ing an aper­ture ring around the lens.

Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC-FZ2000 £879 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

The FZ2000 is a stills/video hy­brid cam­era much like the Sony RX10 IV. It’s built around a 20.1MP, 1in sen­sor, with a 24- 480mm equiv­a­lent zoom. It can record Cinema 4K with no up­per time limit, and should ap­peal to videog­ra­phers and pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts alike.

Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC-TZ200 £689 www.pana­sonic.com/uk

This long-zoom, com­pact-body ‘travel zoom’ cam­era pairs a 20.1MP 1in type sen­sor with a huge 15x, 24-360mm zoom. Com­pared to the older TZ100, it also in­cludes a vastly im­proved elec­tronic viewfinder. It works re­ally well as a point and shoot, but also of­fers man­ual con­trol.

Sony RX100 IV £649 www.sony.co.uk

The Cy­ber-shot DSC- RX100 IV uses the same 20.1MP Ex­mor RS sen­sor as the RX100 V up­date, and pro­vides the same ba­sic 4K video func­tions. But it’s slower at burst shoot­ing and lacks the so­phis­ti­cated AF of the Mark V. If you can live with these mi­nor in­con­ve­niences, the RX100 IV is a great choice.

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