Advanced Digital Cameras offer a combination of excellent picture quality, a wide range of features and a relatively small body size. The amount of zoom available tends to be limited compared to that offered by extra zoom and super zoom digital cameras.
This type of digital camera is often owned as a second camera by a Digital SLR owner, although they are also very popular with people wanting a high quality, but more portable camera.
When it comes to features some of the cameras in this category have more controls on offer than entry level Digital SLRs.
The Powershot G12 is packed with a range of features that would not look out of place on a Digital SLR. It is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a second camera for use when it is not practical to carry a Digital SLR. Features include manual exposure controls, manual focusing, a pull out and twist LCD screen, a RAW mode and a macro mode that can focus from 1cm away from the subject.
Canon have excelled themselves with the Powershot S100 when it comes to packing features into an extremely compact body. The specification makes very impressive reading, especially when you consider this camera will fit into a good sized pocket.
Features include a large maximum aperture (f2), Full High Definition movies, manual exposure controls, a wide angle lens, GPS picture tagging, a top shooting speed of 9.6 frames per second, RAW capture, image stabilisation for stills and movie footage, a range of different aspect ratios and a high dynamic range mode. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and the flash unit pops up on top of the camera away from the lens. This can help to reduce red eye.
The big attraction of the Powershot S95 is likely to be the range of features packed into such a compact body size. There are plenty of advanced features to get your teeth into. These include a RAW mode, manual exposure controls, manual focusing and a maximum aperture of f/2. This large aperture is likely to come in handy when shooting in lowlight.
The Finepix X10 stands out from the crowd. Fuji have equipped this camera with a wide range of advanced features and given it what it describes as a luxury design. It has a full set of manual exposure controls, manual focusing, a f/2 lens, bracketing, High Definition movies and the ability to shoot at 7 frames per second. In terms of design the controls are made of metal and the camera has a leather like finish with a magnesium top plate and camera base.
The Finepix X100 is a combination of a traditional, almost old time camera and the latest in modern digital camera technology. It certainly offers something very different to the standard digital camera. It is aimed at the enthusiast. Features include manual exposure, an f/2 aperture, High Definition movies and a hybrid electronic / optical viewfinder. It is capable of shooting High Definition movies.
The Coolpix P7100 offers a range of advanced features if you are looking for a smaller digital camera as an alternative to a Digital SLR. Features include manual control settings – fully manual, aperture, priority and shutter priority, plus the ability to store images in RAW format. For composition you can use an optical viewfinder or a high resolution, 3 inch LCD screen. You also have access to a macro mode that can focus from 2cm away from the subject and a High Definition movie mode.
The Coolpix P7700 has a range of advanced features. These include a burst mode that works at the rate of 8 frames per second, manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority) and RAW capture. The Full High Definition Movie mode can record in surround sound. In addition there is a 3 inch LCD screen that pulls out away from the body so that you can find a more comfortable shooting position.
Attractions of the Lumix DMC LX5 include a full set of manual exposure controls and manual focusing. The maximum aperture of f/2 is likely to make a difference to picture quality when shooting in lowlight. Panasonic have produced a number of options that allow you to customise the camera. These include optional extras such as an external flash unit and viewfinder. There is also a filter ring. A selection wheel or jog dial on the back of the camera makes it fast and easy to change settings.