Fujifilm X-E2

The X-E2 features Fujifilm’s 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor.

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only). INTRODUCED 10/2013 Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-series lineup began with the flagship X-Pro1, followed by the lower-priced X-E1, the compact X-M1 and the entry-level X-A1. Now we have the first second-generation X-camera, the X-E2, which improves on its fine predecessor in a number of ways. The... Read more

Nikon D5300

The D5300 is even more compact than its predecessor, measuring 4.9×3.9×3.0 inches and weighing 16.9 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 The Nikon D5300 offers a number of improvements over its excellent D5200 predecessor, while retaining the features that made the D5200 so popular. The pixel count remains the same, but the 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor in the new camera was designed without... Read more

Nikon Df

The Df can use all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D Nikkor lenses, but it’s also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai Nikkor lenses with full-aperture metering.

Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (with 50mm Special Edition kit lens). INTRODUCED 11/2013 Nikon went back to its roots to create a full-frame DSLR for the old-school photographer who likes to control everything without messing with multiple menus. The new Df ("Digital Fusion") features a design reminiscent of Nikon’s classic 35mm film... Read more

Nikon D610

The D610 shares the ruggedness and dust- and moisture- resistance of the D600 (and D800), and its shutter is tested to 150,000 cycles.

Estimated Street Price: $1,999 (body only). INTRODUCED 10/2013 A little more than a year after Nikon introduced its most affordable full-frame DSLR—the well-featured D600—we have its successor in the D610. The new camera retains its predecessor’s assets, adding a new shutter mechanism that ups maximum frame rate to 6 fps (from 5.5) and offering... Read more

Advanced AF

DSLRs use quick phase-detection auto-focusing for viewfinder (non-live view) shooting.

DSLRs use quick phase-detection auto-focusing for viewfinder (non-live view) shooting. Phase-detection AF can determine from a single reading whether the subject is in focus, and if not, in which direction and by how much. This makes it great for fast-moving subjects—it’s quick and can do predictive AF. The SLR mirror has to be in the viewing... Read more

Samsung NX300

The NX300 is the world’s first single-lens 3D system.

List Price: $749 (with 20-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 zoom); $499 for the 2D/3D lens INTRODUCED 1/2013 The new Alpha a5000 upgrades Sony’s entry-level NEX-3N mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the excellent 20.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS-C sensor introduced in the a3000, the BIONZ X image processor used in Sony’s flagship a7 and a7R full-frame... Read more

Samsung NX2000

The NX2000 SMART Camera features a 20.3-megapixel Samsung CMOS APS-C sensor and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for easy sharing of photos.

List Price: $649 (with 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2013 The NX2000 SMART Camera features a 20.3-megapixel Samsung CMOS APS-C sensor and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for easy sharing of photos. The NX2000 also features a big, 3.7-inch touch-screen display, which provides easy viewing and touch control for focus and shutter. It can shoot at 8 fps,... Read more

Sigma SD15

The straightforward design and operation will appeal to purist photographers who aren’t into bells and whistles, but the unique Foveon image sensor is the camera’s key feature.

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $989 INTRODUCED 2/2010 Though Sigma hasn’t introduced a new model in a few years, the SD15 remains available, and at a lower price. It features the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, and is able to shoot up to 21 RAW image bursts at 3 fps. It also boasts 77-segment metering and a rugged body built for rigorous pro use. ... Read more

Canon EOS 70D

The camera can use all EF and EF-S lenses; the new Dual Pixel AF system is, at the time of this writing, compatible with 103 of them.

Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only) INTRODUCED 2/2010 Since the first DSLRs that could do video, a big problem has been poor video AF performance. The video-capable DSLRs’ quick phase-detection AF systems were rendered inoperative in Live View (and, thus, Movie) mode, so contrast-based AF off the image sensor had to be used. And... Read more

Nikon D600

Nikon’s new full-frame DSLR, the D600 features a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and delivers 12- or 14-bit images at 6016×4016 pixels.

1. Unusual in full-frame DSLRs, the D600 has a built-in pop-up flash unit. It’s also compatible with Nikon’s highly respected i-TTL flash system. 2. Image files and videos are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC media, with dual card slots. 3. The release-mode dial makes it quick and easy to... Read more

Sony NEX-3N

Sony’s fourth generation entry-level mirrorless camera.

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... Read more

Sony NEX-5T

Sony’s new NEX-5T adds NFC to the fine features of its predecessor.

List Price: $700 (with 16-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 zoom) INTRODUCED 8/2013 Sony’s new NEX-5T adds NFC to the fine features of its predecessor, the NEX-5R, for easy wireless connections to an NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet. A Smart Remote Control feature lets you use a tablet or smartphone as a remote viewfinder and shutter release. ... Read more
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