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Compact System Camera Reviews

Updated: Jun 30, 2015 23:56
alaScore 79

Leica M9

Shooting with the Leica M9-P was a great experience. It was not always easy to get a focused shot, nor to set exposure properly the first time. Modern autofocus and metering technology has spoiled us somewhat. But it's a great reminder of how film...

47 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

alaScore 78

Leica M-Monochrom

Leica's decision to bring the M Monochrom ($7,950 list, body only) to market last year was a bold one. Many expected the company to announce the M10, and the Monochrom was announced instead. It's essentially an M9-P in a flat black finish with an...

7 expert reviews

alaScore 78

Leica M-E Typ 220

Even though it's Leica's least expensive digital rangefinder, the M-E (Typ 220) ($5,450 list) isn't a budget camera by any means. It packs the same 18-megapixel full-frame CCD image sensor that was used in the M9-P, and aside from cosmetics and a few...

2 expert reviews

alaScore 77

Leica M9-P

Foreword: this is a story of passion, obsession even: one man's journey to acquire one of the world's most respected and coveted luxury items, a Leica M9-P. Owning a high-end Leica camera is the dream of many photographers but the financial reality...

10 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

alaScore 77

Nikon v2

The model that we handled is unfinished - Nikon reps were keen to stress that it might not perform quite as well as the final shipping cameras, but we\'re happy to report that with the fast 18.5mm prime attached, autofocus seems extremely fast and...

5 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

alaScore 76

Leica M8

* Many of these 'pros and cons' are listed for those unfamiliar with rangefinders, many M8 buyers will already be aware of these and won't see them as significant disadvantages When I first got my hands on the M8 I have to admit it was my first...

43 expert reviews | 144 user reviews

alaScore 76

Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

The A16 24-85mm camera unit is arguably the first camera unit that Ricoh should have released for their fledgeling GXR system, given that it closely replicates the focal range and maximum apertures of many DSLR and compact system camera kit lenses. It...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

alaScore 75

Leica M8.2

While it's true the M8.2 has much more 'sorted' feel about it than the earlier M8, paying nearly £4000 for a camera and at least another £850 for a lens (though there are some truly excellent third-party M-mount lenses available from Voigtlander and...

18 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

alaScore 74

Ricoh GXR Mount A12

We review the new Ricoh GXR Leica M Mount A12, featuring a 12.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and Leica M mount.

10 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

alaScore 73

Ricoh GXR A12 50mm F2.5 Macro

The new A12 28mm camera unit should widen the appeal of the GXR system, offering a great combination of an APS-C sensor and a fast 28mm lens, but the sky-high price-tag may prove too much for most potential buyers. This is the first GXR module to both...

4 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

alaScore 72

Epson R-D1

Even as a rangefinder, the camera would need to include much more to justify its price. You might add a star if you are a die-hard rangefinder shooter.

16 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

alaScore 71

Panasonic DMC-FX55

Recent ePHOTOzine research shows that manufacturers are starting to stray away from huge resolutions and concentrating on other areas like wide lenses, image stabilisers and ease of use. With a standard 8Mp resolution, wide 28mm lens and Intelligent...

1 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Ricoh GXR S10 24-72mm F2.5-4.4 VC

Lots of contrast, colour rendition was amazing. Bought the zoom kit and later the 28mm lens and sensor. Was hoping to get the M sensor and use other lenses but realised that these days, my eyes aren't that good and having to put on reading glasses and...

4 user reviews

alaAverage 3.4

Olympus PEN LITE E-PL6

The all-metal, all style PEN E-PL6 has inherited more than good looks from big brothers in the OMD range, it's got the brains too. The latest streamline design from Olympus also comes equipped with Wi-Fi capable FlashAir SD card and a lust-worthy...

2 expert reviews

alaScore -1

Polaroid iM1836

Today at CES 2013, Polaroid introduced the world's first Android-powered compact interchangeable lens "smart camera." It features an 18 megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full HD 1080p video, Auto blink detection, Auto face exposure, a...

4 expert reviews


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