Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup
What camera should I buy?
Best enthusiast compact camera - Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 II
The RX100 II improves on several aspects of the smaller, less expensive RX100. The image quality (an area in which the RX100 was already class-leading) takes a step forward, and the addition of a flip-up screen, Wi-Fi, and a 'Multi-Interface' hot shoe make the RX100 II a considerably more capable camera. The unchanged interface means it's not necessarily as enjoyable to shoot with as the others here. So while it's the one that will bring back the best images, there's a risk you might not take it out of your pocket as often as you would with some of the others we've covered here. The combination of size and image quality is unbeatable, though.
Best all-rounder - Olympus Stylus 1
The Stylus 1 doesn't quite match the RX100 II for image quality, but it's not far off and does provide a really engaging shooting experience. Its incredibly useful 28-300mm equiv. lens and high-res electronic viewfinder helps it offer more flexibility than the Canon G16 that we might otherwise recommend, and it matches the XZ-2 that we recommended last year in terms of encouraging you to change settings and think creatively about your photos. The addition of Wi-Fi just adds to its all-round usefulness and flexibility - making it well worth considering if you intend it to be your only camera.