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Compact System Camera Reviews

Updated: Mar 6, 2015 01:26
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Ricoh GR

The Ricoh GR is a fine camera with an APS-C sensor and prime lens, with some drawbacks. Unfortunately, its closest competitor, the Coolpix A from Nikon, puts up a stronger showing.

58 expert reviews | 341 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...

67 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.

90 expert reviews | 224 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...

18 expert reviews | 6 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 | 150 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...

133 expert reviews | 525 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-P2

The shot-to-shot timing of the EP-2 varied quite a bit depending on the mode used, with it being faster on all the regular shooting modes and a lot slower on the Art modes. In fact, the camera disables the continuous shooting mode in all the Art modes....

104 expert reviews | 264 user reviews

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Samsung NX1100

Hands down best camera I have ever had

10 expert reviews | 95 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

90 expert reviews | 192 user reviews

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Pentax Q10

The Pentax Q10, based on last year's Pentax Q, was released last fall. And today at CES 2013 Pentax announced the camera -- the world's smallest, lightest digital interchangeable lens camera -- will now be available in an astounding 100 different color...

21 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7KS

tl;dr summary (all sample photos taken with 14-42mm kit lens): PROS: -FANTASTIC beginner camera. Lots of features and functionality to grow into as you learn more about photography. Not just for beginners, but it takes really nice photos in the fully...

65 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...

157 expert reviews | 536 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

If you're looking to graduate from point-and-shoot school and go to DSLR university, consider the Lumix G10.

59 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

If you're willing to pay a premium to be on the cutting edge of digital photography and video, and as long as you don't shoot sports or in dark venues, then you'll likely love the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. But if you're simply attracted by the...

94 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KS

You cannot beat this camera for it's picture taking ability, light weight or cost. Big plus, it mounts all kinds of excellent and affordable Panasonic and Olympus lenses. A much better deal than the newer and more expensive Pany LX 100 - check it out!

75 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 -- or shoulder the weight of -- a more robust camera.

17 expert reviews | 17 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...

145 expert reviews | 216 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...

45 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5KK

Best purchase of the year.

149 user reviews

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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 | 7 user reviews

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Ricoh GXR

The Ricoh GXR S10 is too expensive for what it offers and has nothing that makes it stand out from the competition. The GXR+S10 24-72mm module is solid, but it is far from being a best-in-class enthusiast compact camera.

47 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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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

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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

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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

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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 | 142 user reviews


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