It's fair to say that the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is more of a incremental update than a massive overhaul, hence why Panasonic probably felt it merited a 'Mark II' designation (a first for a Lumix camera) rather than a whole new model name (many people were expecting the Lumix LX200).
If it ain't broke, don't fix it – the original Lumix LX100 was one of our favorite compact cameras, and while it's been a little overshadowed in recent years, it's still a nice camera to use.
The good news then is that the Lumix LX100 II feels just like its popular predecessor: a portable, responsive premium compact camera with a fast lens and appealing external controls. The new grip makes it better to hold, and the increased resolution is welcome.
Panasonic hit something of a sweet spot with the first version of this camera, and although it's complex and fiddly in some areas the Lumix LX100 II has lost none of the original's appeal – and while it might not have the broadest appeal, the enthusiast photographer looking for a pocket-sized partner with plenty of tactile controls, you won't be disappointed.
Panasonic Lumix GX9
Like the idea of the Lumix LX100 II but want to be able to swap lenses? Then take a look at Panasonic's Lumix GX9. Sharing the same sensor (although here taking full advantage of its entire sensor), the Lumix GX9 is a great pocket-sized mirrorless camera.
Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GX9 review
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Perhaps the closest rival to the LX100 II is Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark III. It features a larger APS-C sensor, and the zoom range is a little longer (24-120mm), although the maximum aperture is only f/5.6 at 120mm, and it can only shoot video in 1080p.
Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V
Want something a little more pocketable? Then Sony's excellent RX100 V is a great choice. The 1-inch sensor is smaller than the LX100 II's, but still delivers very good results, and with a fast standard zoom, built-in pop-up EVF, 4K video, advanced focusing and 24fps burst shooting, the RX100 V is a pocket powerhouse.
Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V