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 G11

The Canon PowerShot G11 is a good camera, but it's not without its flaws. We wish it had sturdier buttons and that its zoom control was better. Photos are a little soft, but this camera is still capable of capturing some excellent pictures. It's a good choice for users who want full manual control but dislike the idea of paying over $1000 for a digital SLR kit.

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  • 17th Nov., 2009
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Canon
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  • Full manual control, pivoting screen, good high ISO performance for a compact camera
  • Cons:
  • Buttons feel spongy, no fine control over zoom, noticeable barrel roll at the wide angle, slightly soft images, no bulb mode
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