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Compact System Camera Reviews

Updated: Nov 25, 2015 23:20
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Canon EOS M

I hope that this review gave you a good idea of how it is to use the Canon EOS M in the real-world. Instead of trying to review *everything* I tried to narrow things to the most useful/popular aspects of the camera. If you would like to ask a question,...

105 expert reviews | 1252 user reviews

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Ricoh GR

The Ricoh GR is a compact, high performance, fixed-lens digicam with a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor that has been designed without an optical low-pass filter for optimum resolution and color accuracy. With an f/2.8 maximum aperture, this...

78 expert reviews | 394 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R

The Sony NEX-5R is a solid interchangeable lens camera that will (sometimes) make you forget about your DSLR.

58 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

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Leica M Typ 240

At $5,150 the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is one of the more expensive lenses in available for rangefinder cameras. It's the fastest 35mm that Leica makes—if you want to capture more light, the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 II ($999) is...

20 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

For users upgrading from a simple point-and-shoot to an interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 is a very good camera to transition to.

60 expert reviews | 392 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 edges out some other excellent cameras to earn our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras under $1,000.

60 expert reviews | 554 user reviews

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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

46 expert reviews | 415 user reviews

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Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon 1 V3 is one of the few mirrorless cameras we'd recommend for shooting sports or quickly moving kids. It brings high autofocus performance, interchangeable-lens versatility, and DSLR-like handling in a portable size. However, when factoring in...

37 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

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Leica T

The Leica T, like many Leica products, can be a mixed bag. It raises expectations about unprecedented quality with its shiny metal body and high retail price, but quickly disappoints when it comes to the most basic functions such as the lack of an...

29 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Sony NEX-5N

The Sony Alpha NEX-5N delivers a lot of performance from its compact body, packing a sensor as large as those found in most digital SLRs and recording video in full 1080p HD. But it doesn't quite edge out its little brother, the NEX-C3, our Editors'...

83 expert reviews | 910 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-C3

The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 builds on the already-excellent NEX-3, but manages to be lighter and more compact. Not only does the NEX-C3 produce stunning images, even at high ISO settings, it easily earns our Editors' Choice for compact interchangeable lens...

78 expert reviews | 247 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-P3

The Olympus E-P3 is a remarkable camera that snaps quality photos, even in difficult lighting conditions. I like the build quality, and the attention to details that Olympus has put into it. Its design will surely catch the attention of classic camera...

110 expert reviews | 175 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

The Sony NEX-3N is an affordable and capable Interchangeable Lens Camera featuring an APS-C sized 16.1-Megapixel imaging sensor, powerful BIONZ image processor and the Sony E-mount with its fantastic collection of lenses. This camera is easy enough for...

31 expert reviews | 337 user reviews

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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...

99 expert reviews | 666 user reviews

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Samsung NX2000

Samsung has steadily become the go-to camera manufacturer for touch screen LCD cameras and models with built-in Wi-Fi. With the growing popularity of the mirrorless ILC camera design, Samsung appears to have hit a home run with its NX2000 camera. This...

37 expert reviews | 822 user reviews

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Samsung NX20

The Samsung NX20 is an excellent camera for both casual and advanced users. However, avoid the high-speed burst mode.

70 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

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Samsung NX1000

The Samsung NX1000 is a compact, portable and very easy to use ILC. From full point-n-shoot modes to full manual shooting, everyone will enjoy using this camera. Sharing your images is as easy as ever with the camera's built-in WiFi capabilities and...

56 expert reviews | 812 user reviews

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Nikon 1 V1

With the V1, Nikon debuts new less-is-more thinking.

112 expert reviews | 747 user reviews

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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.

95 expert reviews | 120 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-PL3

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 delivers impressive performance when it comes to speed, but is held back by noisy images at higher ISO settings and a kit lens that delivers so-so sharpness at longer focal lengths.

73 expert reviews | 389 user reviews

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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...

20 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

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Nikon 1 V2

If you\'ve been put off by the small sensors in Nikon\'s 1 System, then there\'s nothing to change your mind here. We\'re looking at a revamped but still tiny CX sensor, this time with the resolution bumped up to 14 megapixels (instead of 10) -- a move...

51 expert reviews | 423 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

If you're looking for a step-up model that's still pretty compact, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is a solid, affordable choice.

72 expert reviews | 308 user reviews

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Pentax K-01

Despite producing excellent photos, the K-01 lags behind the competition in some significant ways

76 expert reviews | 308 user reviews

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Pentax Q10

The Pentax 05 Toy Lens Telephoto ($79.95 list) is another in the toy lens series for Pentax's ultra-small Q camera system. It's one of the smallest and lightest lenses you'll find for any camera, and its 18mm focal length gives it a field of view that...

23 expert reviews | 121 user reviews


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