Pentax comes to the “mini” DSLR market with its K-01 camera. The K-01 competes with the Nikon One series, as well as the Panasonic Lumix GX1, Sony NEX-5N and Olympus PEN E-P3. With a street price of approximately $799, it is slightly more than the Nikon and Olympus offerings. The question is, does the price of the K-01 come with features that merit the additional cost?
Canon seems to be going against popular thought with its EOS-1D X full frame DSLR. Instead of building on the sensor power of the predecessor Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and its 21 megapixels, Canon instead goes to a lower megapixel sensor of 18 mp for the EOS 1D-X. The company’s reason behind this is two-fold: the handling and menus are much more intuitive; the fps (frames per second) is a bold and impressive 12 fps.
If power, function and a little bit of fashion is what you require out of your digital camera then the very fashionable and functional Nikon Coolpix S9300 is the ticket. Sitting securely among the elite in the point and shoot camera category, the Coolpix S9300 builds on the success Nikon has found with the entire Coolpix line. Nikon goes the distance with the S9300,
The Samsung NX210 falls into the “mini” DSLR category and competes with the Nikon One series along with the Sony Alpha line. The Samsung NX210 is interesting because it was announced only seven months after the Samsung NX200 hit the shelves. The Samsung NX210 hit the retail shelves at the end of April 2012 and builds off the success of the NX200.
As far as budget-saving, consumer-friendly cameras go, Panasonic has been putting out a wide range of cameras that have great appeal to the amateur audience. The Lumix DMC-ZS15 falls into this same category. It has a 12 megapixel sensor, 16X zoom lens, a very simplistic movie mode, and no GPS capabilities.
Canon is a company which generally runs second only to Nikon when it comes to cornering the market on consumer photography. When you look at the latest in the PowerShot line, the SX150 IS, you will find that this chunky, rugged little camera is good for most consumer uses, such as general photography, but there are still areas in which the camera can tighten up its overall game.
The Olympus brand of cameras continues to surprise. With the Olympus E-5, the players at Olympus are showing they are ready to take on the kings of the photo industry, such as Canon and Nikon. Truth be told, the E-5 is not so much of an upgrade as it is a tribute to its predecessor, the E-3. It certainly advances the brand, as it offers a few details which are bigger and better than the E-3.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 was released in July 2012 and in its short time on the market, it has already gained many fans for being a stand out high end compact camera. Let us explore its important aspects in details. The lens has f/1.8 focal length; in combination with the lens zoomed out wide and the aperture set low, this is ideal for low light situations without blur.
There is no denying that the Pentax K-30 has a variety of features that are similar to pricier DSLR cameras. The Digital SLR camera uses a glass pentaprism viewfinder and it can shoot photos up to six frames per second. In addition, the body is weather sealed. Photographers who prefer the visual finder to Live View should certainly consider the K-30 even though it does not provide a tilting rear LCD.
The D5100 from Nikon is a lighter and improved version of its predecessor, the Nikon D5000. It falls into the higher-end of entry-level DSLRs, alongside the Canon Rebel T3i. The D5100 combines the best specifications from the Nikon D3100 and D7000 models that are placed below and above it in the series, respectively. For example, it uses the same 16.2 MegaPixel CMOS sensor as the D7000, but the metering of the D3100.