ADVANCED COMPACT CAMERAS
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Although it’s nowhere near as compact as the Canon S100 and others that make up this growing category,
the 14-megapixel G1 X is part of Canon’s G-series cameras, which have a long history of delivering advanced
controls in a (relatively) small body. Built around a new, 1.5-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, G1 X’s ISO
range tops out at 12800. It’s equipped with DSLR-like controls and features, 14-bit RAW + JPEG, a 3-inch vari-angle, high resolution LCD, optical viewfinder and an image-stabilized, 4x (28-112mm) optical zoom lens.
Canon PowerShot G15
Canon’s latest G-series camera, the
12-megapixel G15 features the lat-
est Canon technology and a fast,
f/1.8-2.8, 28-140mm zoom with six IS
modes. An optical viewfinder, a high
resolution 3-inch LCD and a new dual-axis electronic level
complement its vast array of manual and automatic controls.
It can shoot at up to 10fps, offers 12-bit multi-aspect RAW
+ JPEG and, of course, supports full HD video with stereo
sound. Optional accessories include an underwater housing
and a teleconverter lens.
Leica D-Lux 6
The 10-megapixel D-Lux 6 is the
latest in Leica’s D-Lux advanced
compact camera line, this time
with a new—and fast—f/1.4-2.3,
24-90mm lens and full HD video
capture with stereo sound (and a
wind filter). An optional viewfinder is available to complement
the camera’s high resolution, 3-inch LCD. Also new is its click-
wheel control for setting the aperture directly on the lens barrel.
This handsome little camera, which comes bundled with Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom 4, will be available in November.
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Following in the footsteps of the P7100, the P7700 is similar in many ways with its advanced feature set,
including RAW, and well-designed control layout. A new 12-megpixel CMOS means it can now capture
full HD video (there’s also a stereo mic jack). Other improvements include a fast f/2.0-f/4.0 lens, with the
same 28-200mm focal range. Although the P7700 loses the optical viewfinder in order to accommodate
the new lens without increasing the body size, Nikon has replaced the P7100’s tilt LCD with a fully articulated 921,000 dot monitor. Continuous shooting speed has been dramatically increased to 8fps, too.
Olympus Stylus XZ-2
This next-generation, XZ
model features a new
12-megapixel CMOS sen-
sor and the same TruePic V1
processor that’s used in its
mirrorless sibling, the OM-D
E-M5. Users will benefit from a fast f/1.8-2.5, 4x optical
zoom with a 28-112mm focal range and hybrid control ring.
The camera is equipped with a high resolution, touchscreen
(and swivel) LCD. An optional Toshiba Flash Air card brings
Wi-Fi to the XZ-2. An underwater housing and optional
grips are available as well.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Sony’s entry into the advanced com-
pact market, the compact 20 megapix-
el RX100 is built around a large, 1-inch
Exmor CMOS sensor and sports an
f/1.4-f/4.0, 3.6x (28-100mm), image-stabilized optical zoom with a
control ring. Even with all those pixels, the RX100 can zip along at
up to 10fps at full resolution. There’s no optical viewfinder but the
high resolution (1.229k dot), 3-inch LCD should be all you need
with 5 steps of manual brightness control and a sunny weather
mode. Not to be confused with the RX100, Sony has also just
released the exciting new full-frame, fixed (35mm) lens DSC-RX1.
For more information, visit the Sony website.