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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Samsung EX1

The Samsung EX1 has a fast f/1.8 lens and manual controls that make it a good choice for an enthusiast or professional photographer who wants a fully manual but small camera for casual shoots. It supplied great depth of field during our tests, and it can take vibrant looking photos. However it does have some problems with noise, even at low ISO speeds. Despite this, its asking price and excellent ease of use definitely make it a manual camera to consider.

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  • 30th June, 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Samsung
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  • Pros:
  • F/1.8 lens, easy to use menu system, great screen, great depth of field
  • Cons:
  • Noisy images, some softness in bright areas, some lens distortion at wide angles, shutter speed not fast enough
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