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DPR: Best compact cameras for enthusiasts

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 6, 2013 02:29 PM
Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X100S

DPReview has picked its 5 best compact cameras for advanced amateurs. It writes:

"There's a long tradition of high-quality compact cameras going back more than a hundred years, and even now, in the days of digital, there are some incredibly capable compact cameras on the market.

"Shop carefully and you can get excellent image quality, full manual control and plenty of other bells and whistles, provided you don't mind paying a little more than you might for the average point and shoot.

"Top-notch lenses, great sensors and plenty of control are the hallmarks of every one of our top five recommended compact cameras for enthusiasts."

Their picks: The Fujifilm X100S (pictured above), the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II, the Olympus Stylus 1, the Canon G16, and the Fujifilm X20.

Click on any camera link above to see DPR's complete specs, sample images, user reviews, and more. And tell us in the comments below what compact cameras you like.

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The end of the DSLR?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 6, 2013 06:00 AM


Hello RAW friends,

Time to gear up this blog again. Sorry to do so with a story that may set your teeth on edge, but ...


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Gizmodo's Michael Hession has written an interesting piece about what he says is the inevitable demise of the DSLR.

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Nikon and Canon lenses better than Zeiss?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 23, 2011 12:15 PM

Pixiq says that recently published tests suggest that even the cheap Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, which costs $100, can be better than a Carl Zeiss Planar T50 f/1.4 that costs $725.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Carl Zeiss Planar T 50 f/1.4

DxO, the company that tests lenses and cameras, published tests that, looking at the numbers, "places most of the Carl Zeiss line of lenses behind, sometimes far behind, its Canon and Nikon siblings," according to Pixiq.

Read the entire entry and judge for yourself.

I've always been jealous of anyone with a Zeiss lens. Anybody here own one? Do you like it?

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Sony unveils two new Cyber-shots

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 4, 2011 09:16 AM

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Sony press release

Sony has unveiled two new 16.2-megapixel Cyber-shot digital still cameras that offer Full HD video shooting capability at the touch of a dedicated movie button. Recording video at 60 progressive frames per second (1920x1080 60p), both cameras can capture fast-moving action with exceptional smoothness and clarity.

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GearGuide reviews the Samsung NX100

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 31, 2011 08:24 PM

Camera GearGuide says the Samsung NX100 compact system camera makes a compelling option for photographers looking to travel with all the benefits of their DSLR camera (image quality, control, and lens options) minus the weight and burden of a much larger camera system. In most regards, the NX100 achieves the goals of a compact system camera, and innovations like the i-Function lens capability certainly help to distinguish it from the growing number of competitors. But all is not perfect; read the full review here.

Camera GearGuide makes another interesting point: The growth of compact system cameras or “mirrorless” cameras on DSLR sales in the interchangeable lens camera market. Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) cameras are relatively popular, and Sony has been making big waves with its NEX camera system. But according to GearGuide, Samsung seems determined to make an impact on this market as well.


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Nikon introducing a new D700?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 31, 2011 07:58 PM

PhotoWalkPro sums up the buzz about a rumored Nikon press event Feb. 9, and speculates that the company will announce a replacement for the D700 that could include full HD video like the D7000 and D3100, 1080p resolution, and 18 megapixels.

Read the entire post here. Do you have a D700, and are you happy with it?


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Canon's profits soar

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 30, 2011 10:30 AM

Even though it had a tough 4th quarter, Canon finished 2010 with an 87% increase in profits in its worldwide operations.

And although much of that profit comes from its office products, Peter K. Burian writes on Pixiq that its photography business contributed quite a bit as well.

Peter looks ahead to 2011 and emerging markets in this piece on Pixiq.

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Casio in 2011: HDR, social, cellphones

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 13, 2011 01:08 PM

Michael Rubin, director of product marketing for the Digital Imaging Division of Casio America, sat down with Michael R. Tomkins of The Imaging Resource this week for a chat about the future of digital cameras and Casio's plans for 2011. Among the highlights:

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Sony announces new Cyber-shots

Posted by Teresa Hanafin January 10, 2011 07:00 PM

Information from Sony press release

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony unveiled several new point-and-shoot Cyber-shot digital still cameras starting at about $110.

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