Digiloyd pounders on the actual cost of the Sony RX1, versus the competition.

"The RX1 is a super premium camera, but it ought to be $2999 with all the accessories below except perhaps the EVF (which ought to be built-in)— upping profit margins by charging for all the stuff any serious shooter needs is a game I don’t like to see played, not to the tune of ~$1000. Don’t forget the Sony RX100 as an accessory (a bargain at only $648).

The brutally competitive camera market will speak its verdict soon enough. But for this chunk of change, a Nikon D800E . . . read more

Canon PowerShot G15 review at TechRadar: The G series has become stuck in a still-great-but-not-that-exciting territory.

"A lot has changed since the Canon G12 was first debuted, and it's a shame that more excitement couldn't have been allocated to the Canon G15. For instance, a touchscreen, GPS and Wi-Fi would have been a welcome addition. Instead, it feels a little as if the G series has stagnated a little. Since the sensor inside the much smaller Canon S110 is exactly the same as in the Canon G15, but it does include some of those exciting optional extras, it'll be interesting to see how many consumers decide to opt for the much bulkier Canon G15." . . . read more

Canon PowerShot G15 Review at Ephotozine: Still on top of our list of the best serious compact cameras.

"The G12 has been sitting at the top of our best serious compact cameras article for some time now and we were expecting great things from the G15 and we certainly aren't disappointed. It's scored almost exactly the same, just missing out on value for money as it is more expensive than the G12 was at the time of review, although the price is bound to drop before too long. So if your budget can stretch this far you'll be extremely happy with your purchase. . . . read more

Dpreview chooses and picks the top 5 compact cameras of 2012: The usual suspects and absentees (we're looking at YOU, Nikon)

"In this short article, we've selected five of what we think are the best zoom compacts on the market right now, spanning the market from point-and-shoots to Raw-capturing high-end cameras. By 'zoom compact camera', we mean cameras with non-interchangeable zoom lenses, regardless of size. Of our top 5 selection we've summarized their major strengths, with links to previously-published content, including samples galleries. Here are the cameras we've selected (in alphabetical order). You can click to go directly to the camera you want to read about or just start at the top:" . . . read more

Canon Powershot G15 review at DP Review: The articulated screen and dedicated iso wheel are gone, but a really fast lens goes a long way to make up and earn a gold award.

"The loss of articulated screen will annoy some people but it's not all bad as it means you get a slimmer camera with a larger screen. The G15 feels indeed more pocketable and compact than its predecessor but there's no doubt that a swivel screen offers more flexibility when shooting from high or low angles.

Overall, despite the removal of the ISO dial the G15, like its predecessor, offers one of the most extensive sets of . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at the Tech Radar: small sleek and sexy.

"Images straight from the camera need little editing, with bright, but not overly vibrant, colours. There's lots of options to get creative, with film simulation modes and art filters. Unlike many other cameras, you can also shoot in raw format when shooting in these modes, leaving you with a clean image to work with should you choose to."

Canon Powershot G15 review an Cnet: Great camera, but not the best in the category.

"The trouble is, in many places it's similarly undercut by the Samsung EX2F, and that's where the real competition lies. It has a fractionally higher resolution on the same size sensor, but improves on the maximum aperture (it's f/1.4 on the EX2F) and has both a fold-out screen and built-in Wi-Fi, all of which greatly enhances its appeal.

The G15 is a good, solid camera, but not the best you can buy. Over time, though, as its price inevitably falls, the proverbial . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Photoreview.com au: This little beauty almost hits the top score.

"We measured an average capture lag of 0.25 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. It took 2.1 seconds, on average to process each JPEG file and 2.8 seconds for each RAF.RAW file and 3.1 seconds for each RAW+JPEG pair. Shot-to shot times averaged 1.1 seconds without flash and 3.5 seconds with. In the SH speed continuous shooting mode, the camera recorded 10 frames at 2816 x 2112 pixels in 1.1 seconds. The H speed setting recorded 10 full-resolution images in 2.5 seconds. The M speed setting recorded 10 frames in 2.7 seconds and the L speed setting . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at PhotographyBlog: Where did the noise go?

"The X-E1 delivers exactly the same excellent image quality as its big brother. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence throughout the ISO range of 100-25,600, while the Dynamic Range function helps to boost contrast and detail. The new 18-55mm lens is also worthy of mention, with the fast maximum apertures . . . read more

Olympus XZ-2 review at Tech Radar: Superfast lens, complicated menu, costs as much as a Dslr.

"Although handling the device isn't as straightforward as Canon's Powershots or as intuitive as Nikon's Coolpix range, it does offer a plethora of shooting choice to cater for all levels of shooter; with manual and semi-manual controls for advanced enthusiasts, a dedicated auto mode (iAuto) and scene selector for novices, plus an art palette for keen creatives. . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review by Ming Thein: Not for those that seek the best image quality in a compact camera.

"The overall impression one gets of the XF1 is a positive one. It has some endearing quirks – the mechanical zoom, for the most part – some less endearing ones (control idiocy and mode confusion) – but what really impresses are the quality of the JPEGs. And if you need something pocketable that delivers great results without too much effort – albeit without as high ultimate image quality potential as something that has a malleable raw file – then this is probably the camera for . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at NeoCamera: Could be the best prosumer camera, if not for some ninor and major niggles that add up.

"Without a doubt, the Fuji XF1 has an excellent interface and is more pleasant to use than most other compact cameras. Ergonomics may not be perfect but the mechanical zoom is enough to excuse everything else. The tiny Fn button is flush with the top-plate, making it difficult to use and impossible to do so with gloves on. The most serious usability issue is the poor accuracy of the display which can be corrected via a firmware update. For now, this forces the photographer to . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Trusted reviews: The gorgeous style alone is not enough to place this camera at the top.

"Despite otherwise generally quite impressive performance speeds, the camera is also bit laggy at high ISO settings and when shooting Raw files. And although image quality is very good on the whole, noise reduction does affect sharpness at high ISO settings. Overall though, if you’re after a stylish enthusiast compact that will fit readily in to your pocket and produce good images in a range of conditions, then the XF1 is a great choice." . . . read more

Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource: A serious photographer's camera in a small package

"anasonic intensifies the battle for the top pocket digital camera with the Lumix LX7, a camera they've carefully improved with new external controls, Full HD 60p video, and an 11-frame-per-second full-resolution still mode. Most notable, though, is the new lens: At 24-90mm equivalent, it's still a conservative focal range, but is one stop faster, . . . read more

Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource: An excellent photographer's companion.

"Sometimes you don't want to carry a big SLR to get quality images, and that's why cameras like the Panasonic LX7 were born. Small enough to fit into a biggish pocket, the Lumix LX7 has an excellent lens and a good quality image sensor, both tuned to capture good images even in reasonably low light. Though its highest ISO of 12,800 is a bit too optimistic, its . . . read more

Canon PowerShot G15 Review at Amateur Photographer UK: The field of prosumer cameras has never been so crowded, and Canon's decision to remove the vari-angle screen from the G15 has not helped its position.

"With so many advanced compact cameras now available, the Canon PowerShot G15 may not hold the lofty position among enthusiast photographers that its predecessors did. That is not to say it isn't an excellent compact camera, though, as it is certainly equal to, if not better than the competition. The new 12.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor performs well, and the camera's build and handling are as good as ever. However, the decision to remove the articulated mechanism on the screen is an odd one, despite the few millimetres it saves. . . . read more

2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards

Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:

"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at Digital Camera Info: Impressive hardware but confusing menus.

"It’s hard not to root for the scrappy little XZ-2. It packs a lot of desirable features into a compact package, and does it with a sense of style that’s distinctly Olympus (Olympian?). The XZ-2’s build quality and design are virtually unimpeachable, and the company has clearly put a lot of effort into trying to make it stand out from the pack. A . . . read more

Fujifilm Finepix X-F1 review at PhotographyBlog.

"Things aren't quite so rosy on the handling front, though. While we love the new E-Fn menu system, which effectively makes up for the XF1's reduced number of external controls, the same can't be said for the innovative but ultimately obtrusive lens ring. The ability to manually zoom through the focal range is very welcome, but we'd much prefer a simple on/off button to the frankly convoluted way of turning the camera, with the Standby mode feeling redundant. The XF1 . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review at PhotographyBlog: Should probably be on your shopping list.

"The XZ-2 ticks most of the boxes that any experienced photographer is looking for - “sensible” 12 megapixel count, a very fast lens, raw file support, a reliable 35 multi-point AF system and a well implemented manual exposure mode complete with an optional live histogram. Add in the high-resolution, tilting LCD screen, touchscreen controls, the . . . read more

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 review by Robin Wong: Good enough for street photography.

Robin Wong's reviews are really image sample heavy, and that's a good thing when the subject is cameras. He is also offering many of his real-life street images as full sized downloads. Good guy Robin:

"The Olympus XZ-2 performs very well in autofocus generally. The focusing was extremely fast at widest end of 28mm, but as I zoomed in to the longest end, 112mm, in some occasions, the lens hunts a little, but will always lock in focus. . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at TechRadar: Very good, but not as stellar as the Sony RX100.

"Now a camera that is much more pocketable, it still retains all the mode dials and manual controls that appeal to the more advanced photographer. Image quality is generally pretty good, though it's not any better than rival cameras in the market, and is a worse performer than cameras such as the Sony RX100, which features a larger sensor in what is a smaller body. . . . read more

DXO mark: Today's smartphones are better than yesterdays digital cameras.

That also includes prosumer class cameras, like the Canon Powershot G5. And when it comes to video, things look even better for the smartphone camp:

"Like the iPhone 5, most of today’s competitive smartphones sport a camera with a sensor of at least 8megapixels. This is a . . . read more

Panasonic LX-7 reviews roundup

The super-fast (11 fps fast) successor in the venerable LX line of cameras is down for further dissection by the reviewers. First up is the evaluation by Imaging-Resource

"One area where the LX7 performed very impressively was in terms of its response times. It can shoot its first photo less . . . read more

Olympus unveils the Stylus XZ-2, a pocket battleship with a very bright lens.

Olympus Press Release

STYLUS flagship sets standard for high-end compacts Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 takes category by storm

Ultra-bright, ultra-easy and ultra-high quality . . . read more

Sony unveils the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, a compact full frame camera without a lens mount. (but with a lens)

Maybe the biggest surprise of this years PhotoKina edition, this compact (relatively speaking) 24 Mpixel full frame camera, comes with a fixed Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens, and many other goodies:

Sigma DP2 Merrill review at the Luminous Landscape

Medium format quality from a compact camera? Yes almost, i someone is ready to overlook he heap of other issues with this little wondercam:

"The battery life of the DP2M is poor; somewhere between 75 and 125 images. The reason for this is two-fold. The battery is small and the . . . read more

Sony RX100 review at the Verge

"Sony thinks it's found the right mix with its new RX100. Fresh from success with its popular NEX range of mirrorless cameras, the company's now trying to one-up Canon's S100 with a larger sensor and faster lens in a very similar body. It uses a 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor — the same size employed by Nikon in its V1 and J1 mirrorless cameras — and pairs it . . . read more

Sony RX100 review at Imaging Resource

Just in time to capture your precious summer moments, here comes Sony's new wondermini:

"Sony nailed it in the physical simplicity department, largely by conforming to an already popular, well-thought-out design. Though there's no grip on the front, the Sony RX100 is thick enough to hold easily. The larger lens ring leaves a little less . . . read more

Sony RX100 review at DPReview

"The RX100's lens control dial is the first we've encountered that moves smoothly, rather than clicking between positions. This works well for setting focus or zoom, which are (essentially) continuous variables, but it's disappointing when used for discrete variables such as ISO, exposure compensation, aperture or shutter speed. Turn off the camera sounds (all of which are controlled from a single setting) and you don't get any real sense that anything's changing in response to turning the dial . . . read more

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