Advanced Digital Cameras

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.

Fuji Finepix X10

Fuji Finepix X10

Type: Advanced Digital

12 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

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.

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Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Type: Advanced Digital

10 Megapixels 7x Zoom

Guide Price: £379.50

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.

Panasonic DMC LX5

Panasonic DMC LX5

Type: Advanced Digital

10 Megapixels 3.8x Zoom

Guide Price: £399.99 Rating: 91/100

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.