Olympus PEN E-P5

Olympus’ mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras take their design cues from legendary Olympus 35mm film cameras.

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only) INTRODUCED 5/2013 Olympus’ mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras take their design cues from legendary Olympus 35mm film cameras. The E-P PEN series was inspired by the PEN half-frame models of the 1950s through the 1980s, and the OM-D by the compact OM-series of 35mm SLRs. The new flagship E-P model... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Panasonic’s compact Lumix DMC-GF6 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera measures just 4.4×2.6×1.5 inches and weighs but 9.9 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 14-42mm zoom) INTRODUCED 4/2013 Panasonic’s compact Lumix DMC-GF6 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera measures just 4.4×2.6×1.5 inches and weighs but 9.9 ounces. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology: Touch the camera to your NFC-compatible smartphone... Read more

Samsung NX2000

The NX2000 SMART Camera is a tiny (4.7×2.5×1.4-inch, 8-ounce) mirrorless interchangeable-lens unit with a 20.3-megapixel Samsung CMOS APS-C sensor and built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing of photos.

Estimated Street Price: $649 (with 20-50mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2013 The NX2000 SMART Camera is a tiny (4.7×2.5×1.4-inch, 8-ounce) mirrorless interchangeable-lens unit with a 20.3-megapixel Samsung CMOS APS-C sensor and built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing of photos. AutoShare sends photos to your mobile phone via Wi-Fi for easy backup and sharing... Read more

Sony NEX-3N

Sony’s fourth-generation, entry-level mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the NEX-3N combines the excellent image quality of a 16.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with a number of features to simplify making good photos.

Estimated Street Price: $499 (with 16-50mm power-zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2013 Sony’s fourth-generation, entry-level mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the NEX-3N combines the excellent image quality of a 16.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with a number of features to simplify making good photos. The camera is sold with a compact 16-50mm... Read more

Sony SLT A58

Sony’s newest Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT) model, the SLT-A58 features a new 20.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and improved Bionz processing engine, with ISOs from 100-16,000.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 2/2013 Sony’s newest Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT) model, the SLT-A58 features a new 20.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and improved Bionz processing engine, with ISOs from 100-16,000. Super SteadyShot Inside sensor-shift stabilization works with any lens, while... Read more

Super Zooms

All-in-one zooms—those that go from wide-angle to medium telephoto—are quite versatile.

All-in-one zooms—those that go from wide-angle to medium telephoto—are quite versatile. They provide a whole range of focal lengths, from wide through tele, in a single, compact package, terrific when you want to reduce the weight and bulk of your gear. With focal lengths from 28mm to 200mm (and sometimes more), and everything in between, you can... Read more

Is It Time To Go Full-Frame?

Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons?

Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons? Well, image quality, for starters: All other things being equal, a full-frame sensor can collect more light than a smaller one, and that means a better signal-to-noise ratio (see the sidebar for more about this). And that means better image quality, with less noise, especially at higher ISO settings—full-frame... Read more

Nikon 1 V2

Estimated Street Price: 799 (body only) INTRODUCED 10/2012 While the new Nikon 1 J2 compact mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera closely resembles its predecessor, the V2 has a new look and incorporates a number of improvements. And inside, there’s a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3A processor, enhancing image quality and operating speed, and providing Read more…

Estimated Street Price: 799 (body only) INTRODUCED 10/2012 While the new Nikon 1 J2 compact mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera closely resembles its predecessor, the V2 has a new look and incorporates a number of improvements. And inside, there’s a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3A processor, enhancing image quality... Read more

Smart Cameras

Everywhere you look, people are snapping photos and shooting videos with their smartphones, iPads and Android tablets.

Everywhere you look, people are snapping photos and shooting videos with their smartphones, iPads and Android tablets. Most of those devices, unfortunately, lack the low-light sensitivity, zoom lenses, image stabilization and exposure controls found in even the most basic compact digital cameras. But do the owners care? Nope! They’re too busy... Read more

Hybrid AF

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects.

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.... 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

Pentax k-5 II

The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.

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 a stainless-steel... Read more
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