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Compact System Camera Reviews

Updated: Oct 2, 2015 10:12
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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.

151 expert reviews | 163 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

Its image quality isn't quite on par with a DSLR, but the Olympus Pen E-PL1 is a groundbreaking and powerful interchangeable-lens camera that serves as an excellent learning tool.

142 expert reviews | 1122 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 | 662 user reviews

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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...

37 expert reviews | 332 user reviews

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Nikon 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...

31 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

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Pentax Q

The compact Pentax Q system has received some buzz from nature photographers who appreciate the big 5x crop factor that it delivers to K-mount SLR lenses. The Pentax Adapter Q for K-Mount Lenses ($249.95 direct) makes it possible to mount any K-mount...

78 expert reviews | 256 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

The compact design means inevitable compromises when compared to a 'full size' SLR, but the GF1 gets so much right that it's a real winner in our eyes. Great image quality, a well-rounded feature set and surprisingly zippy performance put it a little...

134 expert reviews | 445 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

The G2 is very much the camera the G1 should have been. The addition of a decent HD movie mode, some cool touch-screen features and minor enhancements throughout turn an already good camera into a great one. Image quality is excellent (especially at...

97 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may...

91 expert reviews | 126 user reviews

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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.

88 expert reviews | 202 user reviews

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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...

66 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

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Lytro Illum

You have to give Lytro some credit for going back to the drawing board and starting fresh with its second-generation camera, the Illum ($1,599). Its first attempt, the eponymous Lytro, didn't look, feel, or handle like a camera, and it suffered for it....

17 expert reviews | 210 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-P2

The Olympus Pen E-P2 serves up unique in-camera controls and an attractive, durable design, but it costs significantly more than an entry-level DSLR, lacks a built-in flash, and has autofocus issues.

104 expert reviews | 180 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

The Sony Alpha NEX-3 is very close to an ideal camera for travelers who want to get great shots on the road, but don't want to lug around a full-size DSLR or mess too much with settings. At $599, it's about the same price as a prosumer DSLR such as the...

63 expert reviews | 1530 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-P1

It's hard not to fall for the E-P1's charms. The unashamedly nostalgic design combines with true SLR quality in a remarkably pocketable package. The lack of flash and viewfinder will put some off, as will the relatively slow focus, but overall this...

154 expert reviews | 518 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

A great mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera for families and travelers, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a compelling alternative to similarly priced dSLRs.

57 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

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Samsung NX100

Samsung has taken their popular NX10 and shrunk it down to form the NX100. With loads of useful exposure options, robust performance, and excellent image quality, the NX100 is a formidable opponent in the compact EVIL category. Read more in our

87 expert reviews | 165 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-F3

Sony's NEX-F3 is a superb entry-level camera for photographers looking to break out of point-and-shoot mode but who aren't quite ready to splurge on --...

16 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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Samsung EK-GN120

We really liked the Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 for various reasons. Optically it is among the best standard zoom lenses in the mirrorless system class that we've seen so far. It is capable of delivering very sharp results across the focal length...

8 expert reviews | 291 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 7K (A7K)

Love this camera, and the lense is great for users just starting out.

3 expert reviews | 231 user reviews

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Nikon 1 S2

The Nikon 1 S2 is a tiny mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that almost looks more like a toy than a serious camera. Unfortunately some of its features are more toy-ish than serious too. The S2's menu structure is such a mess that it makes this...

9 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

You might not think it as you watch as the endless stream of new digital camera models flowing by, but true innovations - never mind revolutions - are pretty rare in the photographic industry. The Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a case in point; the...

143 expert reviews | 313 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

In late 2008,Panasonic launched the Lumix DMC-G1, the worlds first Micro 4/3 dSLR system. Shortly thereafter, the highly anticipated Lumix DMC-GH1 was introduced, which is basically an updated G1 that adds one feature that was missing from its...

94 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

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Ricoh GXR

The Ricoh GXR/A12 50mm F2.5 Macro offers excellent, DSLR-like image and build quality in a fairly compact package. However, the camera is slightly let down by its sometimes slow and/or unreliable contrast detect AF.

62 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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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...

46 expert reviews | 39 user reviews


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