I think it came to nothing, to tell you the truth - but we may yet get surprised ...Bellamy Hunt feels your pain, and was supposedly trying to something about it. Don't know how his venture turned out.
Over the past several years, I have watched as the prices for compact film cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reservedpetapixel.com
Here's some interesting news from the world of film photography: the popular website Japan Camera Hunter is developing a new 35mm premium compact camerapetapixel.com
I'm the accidental owner of an Olympus 35 RD, which I inherited from my father. It's not especially compact, but the 40mm f/1.7 lens certainly qualifies it for this thread.
I don't have it with me today or I would post a pic - this is an image pinched from the internet. Looks great, doesn't it?
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I should have a proper look at mine one of these days and decide what to do with it. I can't see me shooting with film again, and I think the type of battery it uses may be an issue, but it seems a shame to sell it.
I think it came to nothing, to tell you the truth - but we may yet get surprised ...
The Canon AF35ML was the only AF film compact I've owned since shooting with some zoom or other as a kid. So that's my only recommendation based on any experience, but, like I said, the lens seemed very soft all the time.
We completely forgot to mention the Olympus XA range (or I might have overlooked that) ... As @TraamisVOS indicated, it's a real rabbit hole to go down.
Nevertheless, the original XA, a pocketable aperture priority rangefinder camera, should be mentioned here; while I always preferred the Minox lenses because they render a more contrasty image, the XA's lens works fantastically well with black and white film because of nice transitions and good micro-contrast. And of course, the rangefinder can safe the day.
Anyhow, I'll shut up now - I've basically added to the list, which is hardly conducive to helping one decide