Top Cameras

TOP CAMERAS: SMALLEST


SMALLEST DSLR

Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Dimensions:?4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches
Though it features the same 18-megapixel sensor of the EOS?Rebel T5i, the SL1 is nearly 30% smaller in volume.


DSLR OVER $1,000

Pentax K-5 II
Dimensions:?5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches
The K-5 II packs a lot of capability—16.3-megapixel stills, Full 1080 HD video and a new AF?system rated to -3 EV—into a rugged, yet very compact body that’s also weather-resistant.


MIRRORLESS

Pentax Q7 & Q10
Dimensions:?4.0 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches
Identical in size and weight, the Q7 and Q10 are also both 12.4-megapixel cameras, though the Q7 features a larger sensor.


FIXED-LENS

Nikon COOLPIX S01
Dimensions:?3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches
The ultra-small S01 is about the size of a business card (a little smaller, actually) and can shoot 10-megapixel stills and 720p HD?video, saved to the built-in 7.3 GB of storage.


TOP CAMERAS: BEST IMAGE QUALITY


BEST SENSOR RATING

Nikon D800E & D800
DxOMark Score:?96/95
The D800E, which omits a low-pass filter, and the D800 which employs one, rank #1 and #2 of all cameras in DxOMark sensor ratings.


DSLR UNDER $1,000

Nikon D5200
DxOMark Score:?84
Nikon’s affordable 24.1-megapixel D5200 retails for about one-third of the D800 and comes in at #13 in DxOMark rankings.


MIRRORLESS

Sony NEX-7
DxOMark Score:?81
Sony’s NEX-series scores consistently well among mirrorless models; the NEX-7 leads with a rank of #24.


FIXED-LENS

Sony RX1
DxOMark Score:?93
With its full-frame, 24.3-megapixel sensor, the celebrated RX1 crushes most pro DSLRs with a rank
of #4, just behind Nikon’s D800E, D800 and D600 DSLRs.


TOP CAMERAS: RESOLUTION


HIGHEST RESOLUTION

Nikon D800E & D800
Pixels:?7360 x 4912
At 36.3 megapixels, the D800E/D800 boasts 50% more pixels than the nearest competition: several models with a resolution of 24 megapixels.


UNDER $1,000

Nikon D3200
Pixels:?6016 x 4000
The 24-megapixel D3200 squeaks past the Nikon D5200, Nikon D7100 and Sony SLT-A65 to claim the highest resolution of SLRs under $1,000—the three others tied at 6000 x 4000 pixels.


MIRRORLESS

Sony NEX-7
Pixels:?6000 x 4000
In addition to its high marks for sensor quality, the 24-megapixel NEX-7 also leads the mirrorless category in resolution, by a margin of about 4 megapixels.


FIXED-LENS

Sony RX1
Pixels:?6000 x 4000
The 24-megapixel, full-frame sensor RX1 excels not only in sensor ratings, but also in resolution. Several fixed-lens cameras are runners-up at 20 megapixels.


TOP CAMERAS: INNOVATION


"LENS-STYLE" CAMERAS

Sony QX10 & QX100
Featuring built-in sensors, these lenses pair wirelessly with an iOS or Android smartphone and use the phone as your viewfinder and controls. The QX10 features a 10x zoom (27.5-275mm equivalent) and 18-megapixel resolution, while the QX100 is a Carl Zeiss model that offers a 3.6x zoom (28-100mm equivalent) and 20-megapixel resolution. List price: $249 (QX10); $499 (QX100).

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