The emergence of long zoom cameras as a legitimate multi-purpose digital camera option continued in 2013. Bridging the divide between conventional point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, these compact cameras offer portability similar to their mirrorless cousins with more novice-friendly interfaces than advanced interchangeable-lens cameras.
Every year a series of "revolutionary" and "game-changing" cameras are released into the market. They included amazing high-resolution sensors, new professional-grade cameras, and slim new mirrorless designs in 2012. So what could possibly change in just one year?
Fujifilm has just announced two new members of its X-series line of digital cameras: the X-E2 Mirrorless Digital Camera and the XQ1 Digital Camera. The X-E2 is an updated and refined successor to last year's X-E1 and improves upon it through the integration of a new sensor, new focusing capabilities, a larger LCD monitor, and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.
Canon has announced four new additions to their PowerShot digital camera lineup. In addition to updated features, three of these four cameras, including the PowerShot G16, are now providing a built-in Wi-Fi connection for easy image sharing. Also, a new EF-S mount lens has been introduced.
In the following video, Larry Becker, from Kelby Media, explains the Canon PowerShot N point-and-shoot camera and the user-friendly features that make it a both fun to use and versatile. Becker discusses the PowerShot N camera’s eye-catching form factor and variety of shooting modes.
Leica has just announced a new member of their versatile and quality-driven line of compact point-and-shoot digital cameras, the X Vario (Typ 107). This model is poised to perch between the X2 point-and-shoot and the M full-frame rangefinder digital camera, and it brings with it a large APS-C-sized image sensor and an apt 28-70mm Leica zoom lens.
Sony has announced a new long zoom, high-performance point-and-shoot camera: the Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera. With a 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor and the BIONZ Image Processor, sharp imagery, low-light sensitivity, quick performance, and fast autofocus speeds are part and parcel.
The Sigma DP3 Merrill is a point-and-shoot camera with a 46MP, APS-C-sized sensor. About 15 megapixels are assigned to each of the primary imaging colors: red, green and blue. Renowned for their lenses, Sigma includes a fixed focal length 50mm f/2.8 lens with this DP3 Merrill.
Ricoh has announced the release of their high-performance GR Digital Camera. Improving on the successes of their GR DIGITAL (I-IV) series, but eliminating the numbered nomenclature, the simply named GR is a formidable point-and-shoot, conceived and designed to compete with the Nikon COOLPIX A, Canon PowerShot G1X and Fujifilm X100s, for example.
The Nikon Coolpix A has an APS-C-size 16.2 megapixel sensor, making it Nikon's largest-sized sensor in a point-and-shoot body. The fixed lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28mm, and its maximum aperture is relatively fast at f/2.8.