I'm a long time user of Canon cameras and they work great (as cameras).
But when I try to use a Canon camera to record video, it uses some strange video codec that can't be converted to normal MP4. I think it uses some weird Apple QuickTime MOV wrapper that's difficult to convert using a free converter..
Please help me suggest a premium compact camera that has these basic features:
good low-light & high ISO with low noise (for a compact camera).
1080p video - using a normal/standard MP4 video format.
Optical image stabilization.
Manual ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
Near Zero focal distance for macro shooting.
Uses AA batteries for easy replacement (I know this is getting rare).
basically as much camera power someone can stuff in their pocket (or cargo pants).