Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Guide: Best Luxury Compact Cameras of 2013

Holiday Guide: Best Luxury Compact Cameras of 2013

#1 Sony RX1

While the initial excitement surrounding the 24 megapixel RX1's launch was based mostly on the fact that its compact body is built around a full-frame sensor, enthusiasm and respect, for this camera doesn't stop there. Once you start shooting with the camera, you understand that beyond the sensor size, the RX1 is special from its solid build and design to the camera's consistently amazing image quality. 

Although it costs more than some higher end DSLRs, the RX1 makes a great second camera for pros and semi-pros and will probably appeal to photographers who want excellent quality in a convenient, compact body. The RX1 sells for $2,800.

Rating Average: 8 out of 10

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#2 Fuji X100s

Besides having some heart-palpitating good looks, the X100s has many other things going for it. For starters, the camera's heart is a 16.3MP APS-C sized X Trans II sensor. While that right there is a lot to swallow, note that the sensor has been revamped for better high ISO noise processing and there are now phase detection sensors on the semi-conductor. And in front of the heart is the other lip-biting feature--the lens.

The X100s has a permanently fixed 23mm f2 lens with Fujinon glass comprising its design. Fujifilm has been in the business of optics for many years and have made what many professionals may consider some of the best lenses ever made in the medium format and large format territory. Bringing that knowledge down to the APS-C level, this lens renders a 35mm field of view due to the 1.5x crop factor of the APS-C sized sensor. Around this lens is an aperture ring--which will tug at the nostalgic memories of many experienced film photographers and retro-infatuated enthusiasts.

The Fuji X100s sells for $1,300.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10

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