Leica – makers of the first 35mm camera – are still making extremely cool kit and for me, the Leica D-Lux 3 is top of the pile.
It’s not the most expensive Leica, nor is the most retro in looks (although it undeniably has a look of the past), but it is a compact camera you can pick up and use, but with advanced features you would expect to see in the more serious SLR cameras. That includes 10MP resolution, widescreen photo format, image stabiliser, RAW image output and a range of manual options to perfect your photo-taking technique.
And as an added bonus, it comes with a 60s-style leather camera case, made specifically for the D-Lux 3 and just about the most stylish case on the market Which makes this camera the coolest one you could ever carry around. Expect to pay around £450 for camera, case and memory card in a choice of black and silver.