are increasingly getting better with each new generation. Even with improvements across-the-board there
are some that still have an additional level of quality coupled with a better feature
The high end compact is home to several models that approach the quality and usability of DSLR cameras without the added weight. They aren't cheap but the trade-off is its superior build and photographic quality.There are a number of compacts aimed at the advanced amateur or professional photographer seeking high image quality and performance in a compact sized body.
The Canon G1X has a 28mm (35mm equivalent) 4x optical zoom with an aperture range of f2.8 - 5.8. The camera packs a 14.3MP CMOS Sensor which is about 20% smaller than an APS-C Sensor. The G1X has full manual control with an exposure compensation dial on the top with a +/- 3 stop range. It also features a HDR mode for photographs with a high dynamic range. It will shoot 14 bit RAW images for smooth colour gradation and even shoots in different aspect ratios if you prefer 1:1 or 3:4. This camera is also compatible with a range of Canon Speedlite Flash Units.