The best compact digital cameras for photographers

Small yet advanced and awesome digital cameras for photographers, including cameras from Canon, Ricoh, Panasonic and Samsung

For the times when you don't want to lug around a digital SLR, yet still want to capture great quality images, you need to have an awesome compact camera -- preferably one with manual controls. The best compact cameras for pros include Canon's PowerShot G11, Ricoh's GR Digital III, Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-LX3 and Samsung's EX1. In time, we'll be adding Canon's PowerShot G12 to the list, as well as Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-LX5.

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Canon PowerShot G12

If you want a small, well-featured camera that allows you to easily take manual control over its exposure settings, the PowerShot G12 is a good choice -- it also does HD video. However, its picture quality isn't perfect: it's grainy and there is noticeable barrel roll from the lens. Overall, though, it can capture well-defined and naturally coloured images. It's convenient for anyone -- especially travellers -- who wants an easy-to-carry camera with plenty of features.

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  • 24th Nov., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Canon
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  • Pros:
  • Plenty of manual features, good image quality, versatile zoom lens, pocketable
  • Cons:
  • Grainy image quality, noticeable lens barrelling, shutter button is poor, rear buttons feel cheap, video mode not great
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