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

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

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 5472×3648 pixels.

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 5472×3648 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 new 11-point... 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

Premium Compacts

For many photo opportunities, compact “superzoom” cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens.

For many photo opportunities, compact "superzoom" cameras are the perfect blend of size and performance, combining DSLR features with a versatile, big-range zoom lens. This year’s models have had some exciting improvements and technological advancements, which have made them smaller and yet more robust than ever before. Often available... 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

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
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