One of the most exciting trends in the photographic industry in recent years has been the increased popularity of the advanced compact camera. More and more enthusiasts are leaving their DSLR's or mirrorless cameras at home as they travel in favour of a smaller and unobtrusive pocket-sized model, that is easier to carry around. In turn, more beginners are overlooking entry-level point and shoot cameras and smartphones for one of these advanced models, in order to take advantage of the higher specifications and image quality.
The list of these cameras is vast, the variations are many and this is a very good thing for the consumer; there is sure to be an advanced compact camera suited to your needs.
If you are interested in content creation, there are a few cameras that you should consider, including the pocketable Canon Powershot G7X Mark III, which includes 4K video recording, a microphone input and Clean HDMI output, or the exciting new Sony ZV-1 which will impres with its 1-inch image sensor, advanced image stabilisation and wide range of vlogging-friendly features.
Street photographers have been rewarded with the Fuji X100 series, with its discreet appearance, quiet stealth-like performance and high quality fixed lens optics. The latest in this range is the X100V. In competition, take a look at the Ricoh GR Digital III which will remind experienced users of Ricoh's street-friendly film cameras of old.
Those of us wanting something that can still fit into a jacket pocket might want to head over to the Sony RX100 Mark VII, with its 4K resolution video, large 1-inch sensor and fast continuous, blackout-free shooting.
As you can see, the Advanced Compact Camera sector is one area of the market where the competition is healthy.