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Estimated Street Price: $999.99

Canon’s top compact camera, the PowerShot G3 X is the most rugged of the flagship G-series, with dust and weather sealing about equal to that of the EOS 70D DSLR. It has a built-in 24-600mm (equivalent) ƒ/2.8-5.6 zoom, which can cover a very wide range of shooting needs. Built-in intelligent image stabilization helps keep things sharper at all focal lengths. The G3 X features EOS-like control (a first for the G-series) and can shoot 5.9 fps with continuous autofocus. The 20.2-megapixel, one-inch CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor optimize image quality at ISO settings to 12800. The 3.2-inch, 1.62Mdot LCD monitor can be supplemented with an optional 2.36-megapixel EVF (recommended for handheld shooting at longer focal lengths). There’s Full 1080 HD video at 60p/30p/24p, and built-in WiFi with NFC adds wireless file transfer and remote control via smart device. Dimensions are 4.9×3.0x4.2 inches and 24.0 ounces.


Estimated Street Price: $1,299

The third generation of Fujifilm’s popular APS-C fixed-lens compact, the X100T features the company’s 16.3-megapixel Trans II CMOS sensor, with a unique RGB filter array that minimizes moiré and does away with the need for an image-blurring anti-aliasing filter and on-sensor phase-detect sensors. The 23mm ƒ/2 lens has an equivalent fi eld of view to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera. The unique Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder provides optical and electronic viewing, with a new electronic rangefinder manual-focusing feature. The external LCD panel has been increased to 3.0 inches and 1.04M dots from the X100S’s 2.8-inch, 460K unit. Built-in WiFi makes it easy to transfer images wirelessly to a mobile device and operate the camera remotely. An electronic shutter feature provides silent shooting with speeds up to 1/32,000. You can shoot 1080 HD video at up to 60p, and there’s a built-in intervalometer. A new Classic Chrome setting has been added to the film-simulation modes. Dimensions are 5.0×2.9×2.1 inches and 14.1 ounces.


List Price: $999 (each)

Sigma started the big-sensor/small-camera genre when it put the unique Foveon sensor from its DSLR into a compact body and produced the DP1 in 2007. Sigma upgraded the sensor and added a distinctive camera shape with the dp01 and dp02 Quattro in 2014, and now has filled out the Quattro series with the dp0 and dp3. All models feature the same unique form factor and 29-megapixel Foveon X3 stacked sensor that records all three primary colors at every pixel site, along with a Sigma lens designed specifically for use with the sensor. The cameras differ mainly in the built-in lens: 14mm ƒ/4 (dp0); 19mm ƒ/2.8 (dp1); 30mm ƒ/2.8 (dp2); and 50mm ƒ/2.8 (dp3). The APS-C sensor’s 1.5X crop factor makes these frame like 21mm, 28mm, 45mm and 75mm lenses on a full-frame camera, respectively. All are 6.5 inches wide and 2.6 inches high; depth varies from 3.2 to 4.9 inches, depending on the lens.


Estimated Street Price: $799

Adding built-in WiFi with easy NFC connection to its flagship compact digital camera, Ricoh has produced the GR II. It retains its predecessor’s compact dimensions (4.6×2.5×1.4 inches, 7.8 ounces), 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter and 28mm (35mm-camera equivalent) ƒ/2.8 lens with 9-blade diaphragm for soft-focus bokeh. Seventeen in-camera effects include a new HDR Tone one. There’s a built-in flash unit, plus the ability to control compatible Pentax fl ash units wirelessly off-camera. A web-based app lets you control camera settings via almost any browser. The GR II can shoot up to 10 fps (4 fps with AF), as well as 1080/30p video. The 3.0-inch, 1230K-dot LCD monitor can be supplemented with an optional shoe-mount optical finder.


Estimated Street Price: $1,000

Sony’s fourth-generation RX100 IV continues a tradition of combining excellent image quality with a pocketable package—and then some. Its new 20.1-megapixel one-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor features a unique stacked configuration, with the pixel area on top, the highspeed signal processing circuitry below and an on-chip DRAM memory chip below that. The 5X faster readout made possible by this design provides 16 fps full-res still shooting with no blackout (but focus fi xed at the first frame; 5.5 fps with AF), better high ISO performance, top shutter speed of 1/32,000, plus 4K video in-camera at 30p, super slow-motion up to 960 fps (40x) at 800×270 and full-pixel readout video with no binning or line-skipping. The tilting, 3.0-inch, 1229K-dot external monitor is complemented by a 2.35-megapixel EVF. AF performance has also been sped up. Dimensions are 4.0×2.3×1.5 inches and 9.6 ounces.


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