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Updated: May 25, 2015 23:53
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#76
alaScore 84

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 | 84 user reviews

#77
alaScore 83

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...

100 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#78
alaScore 83

Sony Alpha NEX-3

The biggest advantage of mirror less cameras is that you can get DSLR-like image quality without lugging around the bulk. Although not pocketable, they are very compact and feel a lot lighter and more comfortable than DSLRs when hung around the neck....

66 expert reviews | 1247 user reviews

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alaScore 83

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.

89 expert reviews | 213 user reviews

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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...

67 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#81
alaScore 83

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 | 222 user reviews

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alaScore 83

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...

6 expert reviews

#83
alaScore 82

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...

135 expert reviews | 531 user reviews

#84
alaScore 82

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...

93 expert reviews | 169 user reviews

#85
alaScore 82

Samsung NX1100

I love this camera. Bought it for several upcoming trips and have not been disappointed. Took it to Japan, Australia, and Western Caribbean. The pictures look great. Would have preferred that this camera came with the Samsung NX 16-50mm f/3.5 Power...

10 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

#86
alaScore 82

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

89 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

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alaScore 82

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...

19 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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alaScore 82

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...

4 expert reviews

#89
alaScore 81

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7KS

I was looking for a camera that I could throw in my bag and keep with me at all times. This is the one. It is compact, light weight, easy to use and produces beautiful images. This thing is tiny with the added benefit of having an EVF and...

17 user reviews

#90
alaScore 81

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 | 245 user reviews

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alaScore 81

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...

158 expert reviews | 446 user reviews

#92
alaScore 81

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 | 50 user reviews

#93
alaScore 81

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...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#94
alaScore 80

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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alaScore 80

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...

146 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

#96
alaScore 80

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 | 27 user reviews

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alaScore 80

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...

96 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

#98
alaScore 79

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KS

"The best camera is the one that you have with you". That sums up the value of the GM1. It will fit into any jacket or sweatshirt pocket. But what is particularly exciting to me is that it completes the Micro Four Thirds system. No other system can...

31 user reviews

#99
alaScore 79

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.

48 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#100
alaScore 79

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...

47 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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