Samsung is in a way similar to Sony. They like to experiment with digital cameras. If it shows to be a flop – no problem, something else will come next year that would sell well. Samsung already has a mirrorless system based around the NX lens mount and APS-C sized sensor, several cameras and a fistful of lenses. Therefore, the next logical (?) step was to introduce another mirrorless system, based around the smaller 13 x 9 mm sensor. So there it is: the NX mini. It is obvious who are the main target group – people who want small stylish camera with network connectivity and capable of somewhat better image quality compared to theirs iPhone. But is it more than that? That’s what I wanted to find out during my time with the NX mini.
Nikon Coolpix P340 is the latest model in the line of advanced compact cameras. As expected it has a full range of manual controls and customizations including the ability to shoot in RAW file format and was developed with image quality as it main selling point. Of course, you can use it in full AUTO mode what makes it ideal for amateur users in search of a small camera with higher than usual image quality. Since most of the compact camera market share was eaten away by smartphones, advanced cameras like P340 have become very affordable, but most of them untill recently were not capable of producing image quality that could compete with larger DSLR and mirrorless cameras with significantly bigger image sensors. Well, times change and P340 turned out to be good enough to rival some of the older DSLR’s. Keep reading to find out what is so good about this camera even got me thinking into buying one!
Olympus has quite a good reputation when it comes to waterproof cameras. Theirs Tough line models have proven numerous times in real life being able to survive really harsh conditions. TG-3 is the latest top of the range model, and beside the usual specifications like back illuminated 16 megapixels sensor or full HD video offers impressive resistance to abuse: this little fellow can survive diving up to 15m (50ft), is shockproof when dropped from the height of 2m (7ft), can survive being crushed by a force of 100kg, and will happily keep shooting at -10°C.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D in Europe) is an entry level DSLR. It is built around a familiar 18 MP APS-sized sensor and brings two major upgrades over the old Rebel T3 (1100D); better 18 MP sensor and the ability to record videos. On a market flooded with smaller mirrorless cameras with large sensors, Canon seems not to care and instead keeps offering traditional big DSLR cameras, so I was interested to see what it can offer that would make someone choose it over a smaller yet similarly featured mirrorless competitors.
Nikon P600 belongs to what is called ultra-zoom camera category. It is the successor to the well received P520 model and promises even more: optical zoom is now ramped up to 60x (24-1440mm), it has 16 megapixel back illuminated sensor, Full HD video, articulated LCD and EVF and a bunch of advanced features. I reviewed P520 10 months ago and on a generally well performing camera found some aspects that should be a bit better, like auto focus speed and inability to manually choose between LCD and EVF. Please read on to find out how I liked the Nikon Coolpix P600.
Olympus Stylus 1 is a camera from a so called prosumer class which was very popular around 10 years ago but neglected since because of cheap DLSR cameras. Lately, many manufactures started to produce them once again as there is a demand for small cameras with high image quality and manual controls. Stylus 1 has all the bells and whistles that should make it popular: 12 megapixel CMOS sensor with RAW file format compatibility, 28-300mm zoom lens with F/2.8 constant aperture, Full HD video, WiFi, EVF, tilt and touch sensitive LCD and many others. I was quite indifferent to this camera at the time of the announcement. Big zoom, small sensor, probably bad electronic viewfinder (most EVF’s on compact cameras were garbage until now so why expect better?) and surely average image quality… Boy I was wrong! It is not revolutionary but almost all aspects of Stylus 1 were way better than I expected. Keep reading to find out what0s so good about it.
Canon Powershot S120 is a small compact camera made with emphasis on image quality. It is the fifth model in Canon’s S-series and shares many similarities with previous models. It still has the same image sensor as S100 and S110 as is the case with the lens (now it lets in slightly more light), but you get higher resolution LCD, 60p full HD video and fast 12fps burst for JPEG format. Since the introductions of the S90 these cameras had a lot of satisfied customers and I was curios to see how the latest S120 fares with modern competitors, especially since there are a lot of options today that did not exist in 2009 when the S90 hit the shelves.
Lumix DMC-GM1 is the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, especially when used with collapsible 12-32mm kit lens or with Panasonic and Olympus pancake prime lenses. Despite that, it is a full featured interchangeable lens camera stuffed with loads of features and some of them are really unique like 1/16000 shutter speed, completely silent operation, time-lapse and stop-motion video and many more. It uses micro 4/3 lens mount what means it accept around 40 lenses from Panasonic and Olympus with full auto-focus support.
Nikon D5300 is the latest “mid-range” amateur DSLR camera. It shares many features with the basic Nikon D3300, but on the paper it has more bells and whistles to make it more desirable than its more affordable brother. At the heart of the camera there is a 24 megapixel image sensor without anti-aliasing filter. It shoots at 5 frames per second, has Full HD video at 60 progressive frames per second, articulated LCD screen and WiFi/GPS receivers built-in.
Canon Powershot SX510HS belongs to the midlle range ultra-zoom cameras category. It looks like a miniature DSLR to the untrained eye but still keeps compact overall dimensions and lower weight making it very portable. Its 30x optical zoom lens covers the range of 24-720mm in 35mm equivalent and is paired to a 12MP CMOS sensor what is a significant upgrade over previous SX500IS which had 16MP CCD sensor. Video recording is now possible in Full HD, burst got upgraded to 4 fps (only 0.8fps in SX500IS) and the camera now has a built-in WiFi connectivity.