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The ongoing quest for the perfect pocket camera is much the ongoing quest for the perfect concealed carry pistol. You want it to lightweight, easy to deploy, disappear in a pocket, and do everything.
Carrying a full sized camera is a decision. Relying on your cell phone camera is limiting at best. Any camera with a protruding lens is inconvenient.
My choice, and the option I would like to recommend is the Canon Powershot Series. The latest of which is the SX710. I don't have one, mine is an older version, but they appear to be much the same.
A 30X optical zoom, a lens that fully retracts into the camera when shut off, a small flash, and a 20 megapixel output in a camera with outside dimensions of 2.6 x 1.4 x 4.45 inches. Something that easily carries in a jacket pocket and rivals the capability of much larger systems.