Since the onslaught of mobile phone with cameras, camera sales have been on the decline. The point-and-shoot camera are getting quickly replaced with mobile phones with decent camera functions. The other high-end are the DSLRs. If you need something more than a point-and-shoot but don’t like the big and bulky DSLRs, keep reading.

These high-end pocket cameras have a lot of technology borrowed from the DSLRs but are in a compact body, primarily large sensor (good pictures) and full manual controls. They are not exactly pocket friendly in price but most of them would fit in your pocket. They also support RAW format which is nice to have. Some of them are almost the price of an DSLR though, or even higher! Except for interchangeable lens, they have everything that you would want from a DSLR. If you still wasn’t interchangeable lens but smaller size, look for a mirrorless, but they are not as tiny as most of these.

Features Canon G1XII Canon G7X Canon G16 Sony
RX100 MIII
Sony
RX100 MIV
 Resolution  12.8MP  20MP  12 MP  20MP  20MP
 Sensor  1.5″  1″  1/1.7″  1″   1″
 Aperture  F2.0 – F3.9 F1.8 – F2.8  F1.8 – F2.8 F1.8 – F2.8  F1.8 – F2.8
 Focal length (35mm equiv). 24-120mm 24-100mm  28–140 mm 24-70 mm  24–70 mm
Optical Zoom 5X  4.2X  5x  2.9×  2.9×
 Viewfinder Optional  None  Builtin  Builtin  Builtin
 Video 1080p 30fps  1080p 60fps 1080p 240fps 1080p
120fps
 4K
1000fps
 WiFi  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 LCD Tilting  Tilting  Fixed  Tilting  Tilting
Weight  553 g  304g  356 g  287 g  298 g
 Touch Screen   Yes  Yes  No No  No

Notes:

  • The Canon G1XII is the heaviest and also the only one with 1.5″ Sensor
  • Except for Canon G6 the rest of them have 1″/1.5″ Sensor
  • The Canon G16 has an optical view finder, while Sony RX100’s have electronic view finder built-in
  •  The Canon G16 and the Sony RX100’s have slow motion video, but they are missing touch screen
  • The RX100 IV is the only one with 4K video