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Compact System Camera Reviews

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 03:07
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#26
alaScore 88

Sony NEX-5N

Regardless of how you feel about the practicality of the NEX system, and the idea of designing a compact system camera that, with lens in tow, doesn’t fit in your pocket, the NEX-5N is a significant advancement towards fleshing out what this system is...

75 expert reviews | 1113 user reviews

#27
alaScore 88

Sony Alpha NEX-5

After seeing so many cameras come out through the years, each with tiny improvements over the last, it hasn’t been the most exciting of times in the point-and-shoot camera segment. We’re happy to report that the NEX-5 is one of the most exciting...

149 expert reviews | 1060 user reviews

#28
alaScore 88

Nikon 1 J3

The Nikon 1 J3 is a very fast and compact ILC, making it easy to carry and always ready to capture an image. While its performance outshines its image quality, it is definitely worth a look for $600. Read more in our

29 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

#29
alaScore 87

Sony Alpha NEX-C3

The market for entry-level system cameras is in full bloom. Casual photographers who want something better than their old point-and-shoot or smartphone can choose from at least a dozen affordable interchangeable-lens models. We’re almost at the point...

81 expert reviews | 323 user reviews

#30
alaScore 87

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless compact cameras are worth considering if you want DSLR-like photo quality without the bulk. There are many options out there, with the most basic models priced almost the same as entry-level DSLR cameras, which is close to Rs.28,000. Olympus...

58 expert reviews | 240 user reviews

#31
alaScore 87

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

The G3 is a camera that is easy to use and produces excellent image quality - a step up from previous G-series models. Its overall handling and touchscreen interface have distinct appeal for users moving up from a point-and-shoot. Yet it offers the...

86 expert reviews | 376 user reviews

#32
alaScore 87

Nikon 1 V2

While we weren’t big fans of the original Nikon 1-series cameras last year, we held out hope that Nikon would turn it around. After all, the lenses are quite good and very compact, the speed is a real asset that has been overlooked, and features like...

39 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#33
alaScore 86

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

This follow-up to Panasonic's GH1 camera sticks with the previous model's look and feel but adds some important upgrades and features.

97 expert reviews | 452 user reviews

#34
alaScore 86

Olympus PEN E-PM2

The PEN E-PM2 costs less than the similar PEN E-PL5. Performance and features are near identical minus a few things.

26 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#35
alaScore 86

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon's popular 1 series cameras is getting a new model for 2012, the 1 J2. It features many of the same specifications from last year's J1, including a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD display, the EXPEED 3 image processor, full manual...

32 expert reviews | 278 user reviews

#36
alaScore 85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The Lumix GF2 is an enticingly compact interchangeable-lens camera, but its touchscreen interface is an inefficient way to access some important controls.

96 expert reviews | 256 user reviews

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#37
alaScore 85

Pentax Q7

The little Q7 offers a lot of attractive features and manual controls, but it performs more like a point-and-shoot than a serious prosumer camera. Mediocre image quality, high digital noise and sluggish auto focus make the Q7 hard to recommend for the...

13 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#38
alaScore 85

Samsung NX210

The Samsung NX210 offers you the high pixel-count and compact dimensions of the NX200 and adds WiFi-connectivity to the mix. The NX210 is slightly let down by long buffering times in raw mode and the JPEG engine's noise treatment at high sensitivities...

34 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#39
alaScore 84

Olympus Pen E-PL1

The Olympus E-PL1 sells at a market operating price of Rs. 22,999. While this may be a decent camera in terms of image quality; this is definitely not the newest. Olympus recently launched the E-PL2 which has a larger screen with more controls. On the...

126 expert reviews | 1198 user reviews

#40
alaScore 84

Olympus PEN E-PL2

The Olympus E-PL2 is the least-expensive compact interchangeable-lens camera you can buy. And while it offers very good image quality, some same-price cameras use even larger image sensors and deliver better low-light performance.

82 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

#41
alaScore 84

Nikon 1 S1

Nikon introduced two new 1-series models at CES 2013, the S1 and the J3. The main differences are these: the Nikon 1 S1 will retail in kit-form for about $100 less than the J3. The S1 features a smaller 10.1 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, a...

18 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#42
alaScore 83

Fujifilm X-T1 Appareil Photo Hybride Ecran 3" (7,6 cm) 16,3 Mpix Wi-Fi...

Everyone above has already said what needs to be said about this camera. I have owned and used large Nikon DSLRs, a Sony A7 and now the Fujifilm XT 1. This camera has put the "fun factor" back into taking photographs and the images are just so...

1 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#43
alaScore 83

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic finally seems to be narrowing in on the optimal combination of performance, hardware, and price when it comes to their Micro Four Thirds lineup. The Panasonic G2 (MSRP $799.95) has an excellent articulated LCD panel, electronic viewfinder,...

97 expert reviews | 304 user reviews

#44
alaScore 83

Samsung NX11

Samsung has updated their popular NX10, which is the first EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) model they created, with the introduction of the all new NX11. This unit offers almost identical specifications to the NX10 with a few key...

57 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#45
alaScore 82

Kit Hybride Fujifilm X M1 Marron + Objectif Fujifilm XC 16-50 mm F/3.5-5.6...

I had a Sony NEX-5R for a few months before it was stolen and it was a great camera. I was going to buy another Sony when I decided to try the Fuji X-M1 in a store. To put it simply, the overall image quality is far better than the Sony (and both are...

42 user reviews

#46
alaScore 82

Fujifilm XM1 Appareil Photo Hybride Ecran 3" (7,62 cm) 16,3 Mpix Wi-Fi...

I had a Sony NEX-5R for a few months before it was stolen and it was a great camera. I was going to buy another Sony when I decided to try the Fuji X-M1 in a store. To put it simply, the overall image quality is far better than the Sony (and both are...

40 user reviews

#47
alaScore 82

Samsung NX10

We like the ease-of-use and firm construction of Samsung's NX10 interchangeable-lens camera, but its video and image qualities pale in comparison with those of competitors.

138 expert reviews | 185 user reviews

#48
alaScore 81

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 features the performance, image quality and interchangeable lenses like a dSLR, but in a much smaller and easier to carry body.

134 expert reviews | 448 user reviews

#49
alaScore 81

Pentax Q

Pentax has created a very appealing compact camera that is packed with powerful features and the versatility of an interchangeable lens system. However, its price tag is very hard to swallow, when for the same or less you can pick up much more capable...

54 expert reviews | 157 user reviews

#50
alaScore 80

Olympus OM-D EM-1 Compact System Camera - Black (16.3MP, Live MOS, M.Zuiko 12...

I'm a (very) keen amateur photographer. Up until recently I was a Canon user (10D, 40D, currently have the 7D). When the Panasonic DMC-GX1 came out, a friend of mine persuaded me to try it, and I haven't looked back. The EM-1 is a simply sublime,...

36 user reviews

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