Introduction
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Introduction

Despite the improvements made in smartphones, 1" sensor compacts remain one of the best ways of getting great images and some decent zoom reach in a pocketable form.

Both Canon and Sony have just updated their pocket-sized models, using the latest Stacked CMOS technology: Canon with the Powershot G5 X II and Powershot G7 X III, and Sony with the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII.

They're rather different, each offering a different balance of size, price, zoom range and lens brightness. We've just updated our buying guide to compare the new trio to their existing peers, but we also wanted to see how they stack up against one another.

As always, it depends what you want to use them for, so we're going to take a look at a series of popular types of photography to see how well-suited these latest cameras are.