Best of Show: Top 5 Digital Cameras from CES 2013 by Laura Hicks at Digital Camera Review

"#1 Fuji X100S One word - Luxury. This camera is a beautiful. With a retro camera body that looks almost identical to the X100, the X100S is the epitome of a luxury camera. An advanced 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and improved EXR Processor II make this camera the fastest autofocus in its class. The X100S has a fixed 23mm f2 lens. But this beauty comes at a price. The camera is expected to be released in the spring of 2013 and available for around $1300. I bet your first reaction was, "Wow, that's a lot of money for a fixed lens compact camera." And I will admit

that was one of my first thoughts, too. Personally, I am a budget oriented shopper. However, I have a love of fine photography. But it only takes one look at this camera to see that the X100S is more than just a sum of its specs. When you pick up the camera you can feel how well built the body was designed. It is solid. Also, the classic design is timeless and simple. The lens is just amazing. And the electronic view finder (EVF) is one of the best I have ever peeked through. Seriously, it is sharp and crisp and rivals what you see when you are looking through a traditional DSLR type viewfinder. The LCD screen on the back of the camera is also beautiful. Finally, the X100S takes the top spot due to Fuji's desire to provide the customer with a longstanding product. Fuji includes continued firmware updates similar to that which you would see for the iPhone. What does that mean to you? If the company decides that the camera will benefit from additional functionality that is utilized by upgrading the firmware, but you have already purchased the camera, all you have to do is a firmware update and you will have the same functionality as the newest release. I can't wait to get the X100S in my hands!

#2 Olympus TG-2

I know it's kind of crazy that a tough camera gets the #2 spots, but let me explain. When I saw the TG-2 in the initial press release, I must admit, I pretty much wrote it off as being just another "mediocre, at best" tough camera.  Let's face it; the tough camera market is oversaturated with mediocrity. But it only took a millisecond to realist this camera is leaps and bounds above the rest. First, the camera is solid. It is not "plasticy" or wimpy. Also, it is fast. The autofocus is way better than I expected. That makes sense, of course. Olympus' cameras have amazingly fast autofocus. But I didn't know if that same functionality would be passed town to the tough line. It was! In addition to the autofocus, I was impressed with the expandability of the TG-2. The camera has a removable ring that allows users to add optional lenses created for this camera. I was able to get my hands on two of these and I liked the ability to change focal lengths on such a durable, pocketable camera. As an added bonus, these lenses can even be changed under water making it perfect for divers and snorkelers. I can't wait for Olympus to send me the TG-2 so I can take it for a swim."

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