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Updated: Nov 25, 2015 23:20
alaScore 86

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon's J1 is a stylish and easy to use EVIL camera. It boasts apowerful 10-metapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, good shootingperformance, and a plethora of exposure options. Like all cameras the J1 has its downfalls (battery life for example),...

99 expert reviews | 894 user reviews

alaScore 85

Sony Alpha NEX-5

The power of a D-SLR packed into one tiny digital camera , Sony's NEX-5 ($649.99 starting) packs a 14.2 megapixel resolution in a 16mm lens and a 3-inch LCD display. In other words, it's brother to the Alpha NEX-3 ($499.99 starting) in almost every...

111 expert reviews | 534 user reviews

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Samsung NX1100

Really nice camera

13 expert reviews | 146 user reviews

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Samsung NX200

The Samsung NX200's photo quality stands out from the crowd, but its performance and features -- while good -- don't merit its relatively high price.

62 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

With capable, speedy performance, and a friendly but powerful interface, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a good choice for people looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot.

61 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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While the NX210 is compelling enough as a picture-taking machine, an extra selling point for general consumers is the camera's capabilities as a picture-sharing machine....

39 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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Panasonic DMC-GF3

The touch-screen Lumix DMC-GF3 is Panasonic's smalllest Micro Four Thirds camera. Its low-light performance and sharpness aren't on the same level as some competitors, but it is still a very capable camera.

89 expert reviews | 341 user reviews

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Sony alpha NEX-F3K

In the end, the largest added-value of this camera is its ease of use, image quality, the “Superior” auto-mode (Sony’s own feature name) and the ability to charge and sync with Micro-USB. If you have checked the photos and videos that I have posted on...

51 expert reviews | 462 user reviews

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Kodak Pixpro S-1

The Kodak Pixpro S-1 ($699.99 with 14-42mm and 42.5-160mm lenses) is the absolute definition of a mixed bag. On one hand, it's a solidly built body with a tilting rear display, in-body image stabilization, and in-camera Wi-Fi. But its value is...

8 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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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.

148 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

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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.

27 expert reviews | 325 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.

140 expert reviews | 1112 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 | 338 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 | 158 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...

77 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

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Pentax Q-S1

The Pentax Q-S1 is a compact mirrorless camera system with a 12.4-megapixel image sensor. Mated to the Q Engine image processor, this camera can shoot up to 5fps still images or 30fps 1080p HD videos in the 100-12800 ISO range and with full-time...

9 expert reviews | 25 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 | 441 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...

95 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony rates the camera's battery at approximately 300 photos; we shot about half that, as well as a few videos, and saw the battery life drop below 50 percent. Three hundred pictures may seem like a lot, but we found ourselves charging the NEX-3 more...

62 expert reviews | 1487 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 | 127 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...

65 expert reviews | 92 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.

86 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

alaScore 82

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.

102 expert reviews | 183 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...

153 expert reviews | 525 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.

56 expert reviews | 65 user reviews


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