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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX3 is an impressive high-end compact camera with a wide-angle 24mm lens and a host of manual features.

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  • 18th Aug., 2008
  • Andrew Kliem
  • Panasonic
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  • Pros:
  • Good colour balance, low chromatic aberration, tonnes of features, wide-angle lens
  • Cons:
  • Some oversharpening, expensive
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