Hybrid AF

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects.
By Mike Stensvold
Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects. Contrast-detection AF, used in compact and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras—and DSLRs (other than Sony's) when shooting in Live View mode—is very accurate, but historically slow, and not good at tracking moving subjects. Conventional DSLRs…

Canon EOS 6D

Canon's newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472x3648 pixels.
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Estimated Street Price: $2,099 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Canon's newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472x3648 pixels. DIGIC 5+ processing provides shooting at up to 4.5 fps and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. A…

Pentax k-5 II

The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.
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Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only); $1,299 (K-5 IIs/body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Pentax's K-5 DSLR offered a lot of great features in a compact package, including an excellent 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 7 fps shooting, two 14-bit RAW formats (PEF and DNG), and dustproof, cold- and weather-resistant construction with…

Fujifilm X-E1

Now comes the X-E1, with the same unique sensor and a much lower price tag.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Fujifilm's first interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera, the X-Pro1 ranked high in desirability, but also commanded a $1,699 price—on the high side for a mirrorless model. Now comes the X-E1, with the same unique sensor and a much lower price tag. Fujifilm's X-Trans image…

Olympus Pen E-PL5

Olympus's PEN mirrorless camera lineup received a double update at Photokina.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $649 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Olympus's PEN mirrorless camera lineup received a double update at Photokina: the new E-PM2 and E-PL5 (the M stands for "Mini," the L for "Lite"). The E-PL5 updates the tilt-monitor E-PL3 (there was no E-PL4), improving image quality noticeably by replacing the…

Olympus Pen E-M2

The new PEN E-PM2 can be considered the "little brother" of the new E-PL5.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $549 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 The new PEN E-PM2 can be considered the "little brother" of the new E-PL5. In fact, the two cameras more closely resemble each other than their E-PM1 and E-PL3 predecessors (in large part because both now have grips). Like the E-PL5, the…
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