Are you jealous of the portable compacts? Do you want a more pocket-friendly setup, but yearn for something with a bit more oomph? Then get ready to open your wallets – this is the place for you! These ultra-premium compacts sport either APS-C sized sensors, the same as many advanced mirrorless or DSLRs, or in the case of the Leica Q, a full-frame 24.2MP sensor, which gives it exceptional image quality.
Larger sensors bring a whole host of benefits, such as better low-light performance, larger megapixels and improved image quality, a must if you’re looking to create large prints. You also have the benefit of remaining incognito – perfect for street photography.
You’re limited to a single lens, of course, whether that be the zoom of the Canon G1 X MkIII, the fixed 23mm f/2 of the Fujifilm, which offers an equivalent of 35mm, or the Leica’s 28mm f/1.7. However, this glass tends to sport gloriously wide apertures, which are ideal for shooting in low light, as well as getting dreamy bokeh in your out-of-focus areas.