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Updated: Jul 5, 2015 21:22
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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...

100 expert reviews | 67 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...

66 expert reviews | 1363 user reviews

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Pentax Q10

The Pentax 02 Standard Zoom Lens ($299.95 direct) is the lens you'll get if you buy the Pentax Q7 camera—but if you bought into that camera system with the original Q, which was bundled with the 01 Standard Prime, you may be considering this as a...

23 expert reviews | 54 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 | 90 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 | 223 user reviews

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Sony Alpha a3000

The mirrorless Sony Alpha 3000 cuts a lot of corners to hit its low $400 asking price, but there are no compromises in image quality.

19 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...

136 expert reviews | 546 user reviews

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Samsung NX300M

I bought mine from different online store about a year ago. After using it for a long while here's my review: This is one of the most under appreciated camera in the last year. It's overlooked by enthusiasts probably because many of camera review...

3 expert reviews | 42 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...

94 expert reviews | 168 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.

89 expert reviews | 213 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 | 75 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...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7KS

Small and light but not to small, more capabilities than my DSLR, which I'm selling. Wow, a real winner.

20 user reviews

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Olympus PEN E-P2

For some, an elegant shooter's design and high-quality low-ISO photos may more than adequately compensate for the Olympus E-P2's sluggish performance.

106 expert reviews | 245 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 | 98 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

89 expert reviews | 167 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....

13 expert reviews | 143 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...

146 expert reviews | 273 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...

158 expert reviews | 446 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...

96 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

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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 | 106 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...

8 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KS

The Panasonic DMC-GM1 fitted with the collapsible 12-32mm lens is a really small camera that is capable of taking professional quality photographs in almost all lighting conditions. With the lens fully retracted, the camera is really not much larger...

55 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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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.

59 expert reviews | 42 user reviews


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