Fuji S6000fd is very DSLR like in term of controls. You twist the lens to zoom just like a DSLR. Its hot selling features are the ultra wide angle and class leading image quality at high ISO settings. The negative point is that it doesn't have image stabilization. It's about the same size as a compact DSLR..
If that doesn't fit your purse, I recommend the Canon S3 IS. It has a very long zoom and image statilzation. Plenty of controls. The sensor isn't as good as the fuji though. Also, I recommend the S3 over the newer S5 because squeezing too many pixels into a small sensor means worse image quality..
I think the G9 is too expensive for what it is. I used to like the G series because of their wide-aperture lenses, but the newer models lost that feature...
The G9 is an excellent choice. It now has RAW which professionals look for and you can do more personalized post-processing with it. The controls are easy to manipulate and learn. Lots of options also. The zoom is only 6x so that might be a minor concern. The S3 like it's sibling the S5 is like a mini dSLR and will fit into a larger purse.
Larger clearer LCD and dedicated movie button. It has a x12 zoom lens which helps if you want unobtrusive picture taking. Swiveling screen can be a godsend if you want to shoot over people's head and are short of stature...
I would regard most compacts as being bad matches to your needs. The main problem would be the long zoom combined with manual controls. The Panasoc TZ3 has a great long zoom but not the manual controls. The Fuji E-900 has the manual controls and a reasonable sensor, but not the long zoom. The Canon G9 sounds great but it has not been reviewed anywhere and I'd have to be very cautious even if you could afford it. I bring my E-900 everywhere and it suits my needs..
I'd suggest you look at the Fuji S5200/5600 as it's relatively lightweight and has pretty much anything you can want by way of features. Dirt cheap too. Although larger tan a compact it's relatively light and not too bulky..
All the following are big and heavy, so bare that in mind..
The Fuji S9100/9600 or Panasonic FZ50 would be the ideal choice as the nearest thing to a DSLR without actually getting a DSLR..
The Fuji S6500 is a very nice camera and a good budget choice with the best low-light capability outside a DSLR..
Ideally get a second hand DSLR and start with the basic lenses..
Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..
1. As a cheaper alternative, A720 has 6x zoom and all manual controls, while costing half that of G9. However you miss Raw mode, Hot shoe, a bit on build quality and dedicated ISO dial. Resolution will be lower on paper, but I doubt whether you are going to gain real details with G7's increased resolution (on such tiny sensor, there will be detail loss due to NR)..
2. As an alternative, 10MP Panasonic LX2 will offer wide angle (4x zoom) & Raw mode, while costing cheaper than G7. However for best results, you will have to shoot Raw and post-process all images. (Or shoot at only base ISO with low NR setting)..
3. Fuji F50fd is value for money proposition. 12MP, 3x zoom with I.S., manual controls. $299, compacter than all above. I would go for it..
I am an aspiring photographer looking to buy a new compact camera. Ihave worked for my school yearbook for the past two years using aCanon 10D and 20D. I'm now graduated from college and want tocontinue photography but unfortunately I no longer have access to myschool's cameras.I'm looking for a camera that can fit in a purse, so I can still useit on a day-to-day basis, but that has as many SLR capabilities aspossible (manual ISO and exposre controls, long zoom, macro, etc).I'm looking to spend around $300-$500.Does anyone have any recommendations of cameras I should look into?I've looked into the Canon Powershot G9, but was wondering what othercompacts with SLR abilities there are?Any advice would be greatly appreciated!.
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That with your 10D/20D experience you will find any compact camera to be rather disappointing. Perhaps not, but it depends on how much you appreciate things like lower ISO noise, low light capability, shallow depth of field, overall image quality, versatility, etc...