G11 for teenager use

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Turbo 46032
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G11 for teenager use
Jun 12, 2010

I am looking for a highly capable P&S for my teenagers - one is very much into the arts (painting, drawing, and computer graphics) and the other for around the school newspaper/yearbook type work. Both kids are very tech-savvy.

I'd like something that does deliver good pics out of the box, is portable, has decent video, and can help teach them more advanced photography down the road (i.e. manual controls). Size, sturdiness and low-key looks are also important.

My last candidate is the Canon G11 (also considered the Panasonic LX3 and the Nikon P6000) the G11 has easier to use manual controls, sturdy build, and longer lens. I posted the same on the Panasonic board and the LX3 did not receive a big endorsement in the sense that teenagers learning the art of photography or just shooting pictures may not get to benefit from the LX3's unique features.

As an add-on duty, the winner gets to be used in vacations in 'not-so-choice-spots' around the globe where my D90+70-300VR may not be such a, ehem, good idea...

Any thoughts?

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