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I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41. You can see images I took online, but to summarize:

I want to take / took images of

What is important to me

  • Sharp images: Especially for animal images, I had to throw away a lot.
  • Size: Not too bulky - it should fit in the side bag of my Deuter Air Contact 55+10 (like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40); I don't care about weight
  • Colors: Some of my landscape images grayish
  • Grip: I want to be able to make selfies with it
  • On/off: Similar to the grip one - I don't want to accidentially turn it on / off.
  • Price should at maximum be 700 EUR. Rather something like 500 EUR, but more than 300 EUR is fine.
  • Battery life: I want to be able to have the camera with me for a day with one battery. So I guess something like 150 shots should easily be possible.

Optional:

  • GPS: I like when my images are geo-tagged.
  • Panorama: Either it should be very good or I don't need it. The Panorama function of the TZ41 is not worth it. I have a smartphone (Samsung S7) as well.

What is not important

  • Touch screen
  • NFC
  • Video

Candidates

From my initial research, I have the impression the following cameras could fit my need:

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100
  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
  • G7 X Mark II

Please note that I don't want to exclude other cameras; it's just what I found so far.

I am, however, not sure which one would be best and if the improvement is that much compared to my current Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41. What did change to the TZ100? What should I look for?

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  • why not a phone – theonlygusti Mar 21 '18 at 22:10
  • I don't think the quality is good enough. But I'm not too sure. My S7 actually gives pretty nice photos; I'll try this more often to compare. – Martin Thoma Mar 21 '18 at 22:30
  • You put compact camera in the title but said weight is basically irrelevant. Would you consider a compact system camera? – Edward Nunn Mar 22 '18 at 18:10
  • To be fair, the s7 has a sick camera, and the pixel 2 has the highest rated phone camera, so if you were considering a new phone, then that's a phone and camera all in one, unless you need the super zoom that the tz range offers – Edward Nunn Mar 22 '18 at 18:19

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