“Hey Ryan, I have $600 to spend and need a decent camera. I have no interest in video, but want a picture maker with a small form factor and decent image quality. What do you reccomend?”
Easy one. I think the best compact digital ever made is probably the Ricoh GR II. It’s tiny, built like a brick shit house, and is really fun to shoot with. In fact, it features one of my favorite lenses of all time. Best of all, you can get really nice examples on eBay for well under $600. It’s the best deal in photography in my opinion.
Look on eBay.