Compact cameras for advanced shooters

Canon PowerShot G11 CNET rating: 3.5 stars out

Canon PowerShot G11

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: Optical viewfinder; articulated LCD; very good photo quality for its class.

The bad: Shot-to-shot performance still a little sluggish; no HD video.

The cost: $427.00 - $499.99

The bottom ine: Though it doesn't offer the whizziest new features like an interchangeable lens or a tiny size, the Canon PowerShot G11 still delivers a good shooting experience for photography enthusiasts. Plus it's the only model that includes an optical viewfinder.

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It's a common complaint: you want the photo quality of a dSLR but find you're leaving the camera at home because it's so large.

The compromise is a compact camera with a sensor larger than a typical point-and-shoot--sometimes even the same size as a consumer or midrange dSLR--and sufficient manual control over aperture and shutter speed to allow for a measure of the creativity to which you're accustomed. What you sacrifice is the speed of a dSLR's faster phase-detection autofocus and more often than not, the improved shooting experience delivered by a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission

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