The G series is really the jewel in the powershot line. All of the cameras from the G7 on up have metal bodies, full manual modes, and are built with dials and buttons in order to allow you to use the manual mode without going through any menus. Most of the cameras have a threaded ring around the lens that allow you to mount (a few) accessories like a wide angle lens. These cameras also all have hot-shoes for mounting flashes just like a dslr. Even broken, these cameras will sell for a few hundred dollars. If you can get your hands on one of these affordably, then jump at the chance. The listed price is the lowest (usually used) price on Amazon.
As with every camera purchase, you’ll need to make sure that you end up with an appropriate memory card (or two), a battery, and charger. If you buy new this is less of a concern, but a lot of these cameras are only really available on the used market so keep an eye out for what accessories are bundled with the camera.
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