Sony has been killing it with their camera game over the last couple of years. They released the first full-frame mirrorless camera, the RX1, and quickly followed it up with the first full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the A7, A7R, and A7S. While they were working on those, they were also making waves in the consumer market with a pocket-camera designed to please enthusiasts. Here is the RX100.
The RX100 has a 1-inch sensor. Not as big as you'll find in a DSLR, but far bigger than you'll find in a standard pocket camera. Attached to the front is 28-100mm f1.8-f4.9 Zeiss-designed lens, that is not only faster than any other pocket camera, but sharper and with less distortion as well. This is a true Zeiss piece of glass.
The results are truly amazing. Picture quality in RAW is astoundingly good, video quality in full 1080p is absolutely gorgeous, and it's incredibly flexible and intuitive to use--even from the perspective of a photography pro.
There are now three versions of the RX100 with varying feature sets, but all three include a variation of the same 20.2mp Sony sensor and fantastic Zeiss glass that make this camera really special. Even this one, the oldest version that is now over two years old, is still the finest pocket-camera money can buy.