These Sony cameras seem to get the most votes for pocket cameras on this forum. A good place to start. I use a Canon G7X Mark II when I don't want to carry around my big DSLR. The zoom is 24-100mm equivalent, f/1.8 to f/2.8. Not a long zoom, but IQ is outstanding for a 1 inch sensor. It does not have a viewfinder, but the touch screen allows you to touch the point where you would like to focus. You can also flip it up to take selfies. Don't laugh. They do serve a purpose.
I will second the opinion of the G7X II. I have this camera and had the Sony Rx100 V. The Sony is a great camera but NOT $500 better than the Cannon. The G7X II has served my purposes well and I enjoy shooting it.