Olympus Pen E-PL5

Olympus’s PEN mirrorless camera lineup received a double update at Photokina.

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... Read more

Olympus Pen E-M2

The new PEN E-PM2 can be considered the "little brother" of the new E-PL5.

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 E-PM2 provides the opportunity to get... Read more

Pentax Q10

The concept behind the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras was to fit a DSLR-size sensor into a compact-size body.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 The concept behind the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras was to fit a DSLR-size sensor into a compact-size body. Pentax produced the smallest mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera by building it around a compact-camera-size sensor. The Q10 improves on that original Pentax Q model... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

A new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor delivers even better still image quality, as well as new video capabilities.

Estimated Street Price: $1,229 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 The new Lumix DMC-GH3 improves on Panasonic’s popular GH2 flagship mirrorless model in many ways, not the least of which is providing a rugged, dust- and splash-proof magnesium-alloy body that’s a bit larger for easier video shooting. A new 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor... Read more

Fujifilm X-E1

Now comes the X-E1, with the same unique sensor and a much lower price tag.

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 sensor... Read more

Sony NEX-F3

Taking over from the NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in Sony’s mirrorless line, the NEX-F3 incorporates a big, 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor that delivers excellent image quality and video. Besides simple operation, features include Auto HDR, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, focus peaking (for easy manual focusing) and 15 in-camera effects.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 Taking over from the NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in Sony’s mirrorless line, the NEX-F3 incorporates a big, 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor that delivers excellent image quality and video. Besides simple operation, features include Auto HDR, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama,... Read more

Sony NEX-6

While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward.

Estimated Street Price: $850 INTRODUCED 9/2012 While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward. The NEX-6 (like the flagship NEX-7) has a built-in, eye-level, 2.36-million-dot OLED Tru-Finder... Read more

Sony NEX-5R

We’re into the third generation of NEX now, with Sony’s successor to the NEX-5N, the NEX-5R, bringing a number of improvements on the earlier model.

List Price: $749 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 8/2012 We’re into the third generation of NEX now, with Sony’s successor to the NEX-5N, the NEX-5R, bringing a number of improvements on the earlier model. First, there’s the new Fast Hybrid AF system (also used in the new NEX-6): 99 phase-detection AF points at the focal plane complement... Read more

Nikon J2

Nikon entered the mirrorless interchangeable-lens marketplace last year with the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 models, very compact cameras built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new CX format.

Estimated Street Price: $549 (with 10-30mm VR zoom) INTRODUCED 8/2012 Nikon entered the mirrorless interchangeable-lens marketplace last year with the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 models, very compact cameras built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new CX format (with sensor dimensions of 13.2×8.8mm and a focal-length magnification... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus’ first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company’s popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s.

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2012 Olympus’ first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company’s popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s. The new OM-D E-M5 was inspired by the popular OM-series 35mm SLRs of the 1970s, featuring a classic and functional design and an excellent 16.1-megapixel... Read more

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm made a real splash in 2011 with the X100, a little gem with a great design, a unique hybrid viewfinder, a big APS-C image sensor and a built-in wide-angle lens.

Estimated Street Price: $1,699 (body only) INTRODUCED 1/2012 Fujifilm made a real splash in 2011 with the X100, a little gem with a great design, a unique hybrid viewfinder, a big APS-C image sensor and a built-in wide-angle lens. A year later, Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro1, a similar camera, but one that takes interchangeable lenses. Inside is... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

The replacement for Panasonic’s GF3 entry-level "pocket" Micro Four Thirds model, the new GF5 improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a higher-resolution LCD, higher ISO capability, more effects filters, an improved grip and additional video capabilities with a built-in stereo microphone.

Estimated Street Price: $519 (with 14-42mm power zoom) INTRODUCED 4/2012 The replacement for Panasonic’s GF3 entry-level “pocket” Micro Four Thirds model, the new GF5 improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a higher-resolution LCD, higher ISO capability, more effects filters, an improved grip and additional video... Read more
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