Samsung NX1000

The most compact member of Samsung’s current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5×2.5×1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 20-50mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 The most compact member of Samsung’s current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5×2.5×1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces. The camera also carries the lowest price... 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

Canon EOS M

Canon’s long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012.

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 22mm EF-M lens) INTRODUCED 7/2012 Canon’s long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012. The new EOS M is built around an 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor and DIGIC 5 processor (similar in performance to the new EOS Rebel T4i DSLR). The EOS M has a new EF-M lens... Read more

Top 10 Tips For Camera Buyers

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options.

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options. Where a camera maker in the days of film would have a few models in their line, it’s not uncommon today to find a dozen or more options from each manufacturer. This is partly because there are more variations of camera... Read more

Contour+

Want to capture high-quality video of the action—and still be a part of it?

Want to capture high-quality video of the action—and still be a part of it? Wearable cameras like the Contour+ open up a new way to record your adventures from your point of view. It’s a great way to augment your still photos to tell a bigger story. The Contour+ is the top-of-the-range model from Contour, and it can record 1080p video, as... Read more

What Defines A Pro DSLR?

We’ll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren’t always the best choices, even for those who can afford them.

It’s generally acknowledged that pro DSLRs are the "best," and in many ways, that’s true. What makes them better than less expensive models? We’ll look closely at what distinguishes the most expensive DSLRs, but keep in mind that the higher-end DSLRs aren’t always the best choices, even for those who can afford them.... Read more

All About Mirrorless

There’s no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs.

There’s no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs. Their main advantages are size and weight. By eliminating the mirror and pentaprism or pentamirror viewfinder, the camera itself and the system’s lenses can be made considerably... Read more

Winter-Ready Cameras

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer.

Winter provides some great photo ops, but also some problems for the unwary photographer. Cold and wet weather aren’t good for most cameras, and can be uncomfortable for the photographer as well. Here are some things to consider before heading out into the cold with your camera gear. BATTERIES Batteries don’t like cold weather.... Read more

How Sensors Stack Up

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality.

The concept behind the popular mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras was to create a truly compact camera that could produce DSLR image quality. This originally was done by putting a DSLR image sensor (Four Thirds or APS-C) into a truly compact body. Recently, a couple of new sensor formats have been introduced, which were developed specifically... Read more

Mirrorless Vs. DSLRs

For many years, the two most popular types of digital cameras have been compact models and digital SLRs. Each offers advantages over the other.

One of the primary advantages of traditional DSLRs over mirrorless models is that DLSRs offer faster phase-detection autofocus, while mirrorless models employ typically slower contrast-detection AF that relies on the imaging sensor. However, camera makers are working to improve contrast-detection AF speeds. Sony recently introduced a unique solution... Read more
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