It's hard to deal with both engineering challenges and a finicky market, but some compact cameras on the market are geared for those who want the manual controls and other higher-end features more commonly found in digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras. Here are some options.

Canon PowerShot G7

Megapixels: 10
Lens speed: F/2.8-4.8
Zoom range: 35-210mm
Raw support? No
Viewfinder? Yes, optical
Image stabilisation? Yes
Weight: 320 grams
Flash hot shoe: Yes

Price: AU$899


Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
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Ricoh Caplio GX100

Megapixels: 10
Lens speed: F/2.5-4.4
Zoom range: 24-72mm
Raw support? Yes
Viewfinder? Optional, electronic
Image stabilisation? Yes
Weight: 220 grams
Flash hot shoe: Yes
Price: AU$799



Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
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Panasonic DMC-LX2
Megapixels: 10.2
Lens speed: F/2.8-4.9
Zoom range: 28-112mm
Raw support? Yes
Viewfinder? No
Image stabilisation? Yes
Weight: 186 grams
Flash hot shoe: No
Price: AU$879


Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
Photo by: Panasonic
Nikon Coolpix P5000
Megapixels: 10
Lens speed: F/2.7-5.3
Zoom range: 36-126mm
Raw support? No
Viewfinder? Yes, optical
Image stabilisation? Yes
Weight: 200 grams
Flash hot shoe: Yes
Price: AU$649



Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
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Olympus SP-550 UZ
Megapixels: 7.1
Lens speed: F/2.8-4.5
Zoom range: 28-504mm
Raw support? Yes
Viewfinder? Yes, electronic
Image stabilisation? Yes
Weight: 365 grams
Flash hot shoe: No
Price: AU$799


Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
Photo by: Olympus
Leica M8
Megapixels: 10.3
Lens speed: Depends on lens
Zoom range: Depends on lens
Raw support? Yes
Viewfinder? Yes, optical
Image stabilisation? No
Flash hot shoe: Yes
Weight: 545 grams


Where's the SLR-style compact camera?
Photo by: Leica
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