My venerable Olympus C2100UZ is now 6 years old and I think it's due to be replaced. I have been trolling the websites and reviews and this is what I have come up with:
Canon S5 $350
Sony H9 $386
Nikon Coolpix8400 $899
All these have manual control, small macro ranges (0cm in the case of the Canon), remote controls, and f stops as high as 8.0.
After years on a Canon FILM AE-1, and my Uzi, items I am looking for are swing out LCD's (because I am tired of having to stoop down to read the settings), remote controls (so that I can put the camera on a tripod and activate the shutter without touching the camera and causing it to shake), and a high f-stop (for a deeper depth of field.)
I almost bought the Sony H9, but the image quality wasn't there and it felt puny in my hands. Hence I am waiting for the next crop of cameras to be released before upgrading my 2MP uzi.
Now I know the cameras listed above arenot "compact" digital cameras. For "good" model photography, you cannot really use a compact camera. I also own a Sony W-30 point and shoot camera for vacations. I love it for that use, but not for "beauty" shots of models. I do use it for construction photos where depth of field isn't really needed or if I am too lazy to set up all the gear I need for the Uzi.
Check out www.dpreview.com for extensive reviews of cameras. Then go to the electronics store and hold and play with the cameras to see if they are indeed what you are looking for. I did that for the Sony H9 and decided to wait for the next generation Sony (hoping the fix the image quality problems.)
Hope this helps,
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