Com­pact cam­eras

Australian T3 - - TECHRADAR -

01 PANA­SONIC LU­MIX LX7

$580, PANA­SONIC.COM.AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2012

LOVE Fast aut­o­fo­cus, ex­cel­lent pic­tures, man­ual aper­ture ring HATE High ISO per­for­mance could be bet­ter. Smaller sen­sor than ri­vals. No touch­screen T3 SAYS Easy to use for be­gin­ners, plus plenty on of­fer for pros. The most ad­vanced com­pact around SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS MEGAPIX­ELS 12.7 SCREEN 3 inches LENS 24-90mm ZOOM 3.8x VIDEO 1080p at 50fps WEIGHT 298g

02 CANON IXUS 2 55HS

$192, CANON.COM.AU, TESTED JULY 2013

LOVE De­tailed, noise-free shots and built-in Wi-Fi mean this prop­erly com­pact cam with a 10x zoom is a real win­ner

HATE Rather bor­ing, “clas­sic” de­sign T3 SAYS Mod­ern, fea­ture-packed point-and-shoot de­liv­ers top-qual­ity pic­tures for not too much dosh SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 12.1-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 24-240mm SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 144g

03 FU­JI­FILM X20

$700, FU­JI­FILM.COM.AU, TESTED JUNE 2013

LOVE Fancy dig­i­tal viewfinder. Metal and leather de­sign looks pre­mium. Speedy im­age pro­ces­sor

HATE Fewer megapix­els than some of its ri­vals T3 SAYS 60s styling and noughties cam­era tech com­bine in this mod­ern clas­sic SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 12-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 28-112mm SCREEN 2.8-inch WEIGHT 553g

04 SAM­SUNG E X2F

$549, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2012

LOVE Dash­ing metal build and larger-than-av­er­age sen­sor that comes into its own in low light­ing. Smart­phone-style con­trols

HATE Need to dial down ex­po­sure in bright sun­light T3 SAYS Near pro-qual­ity shots with­out the bulk of a DSLR. A point and shoot with class SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS MEGAPIX­ELS 12.4 SCREEN 3 inches LENS 24-80mm

ZOOM 4x VIDEO 1080 at 48fps WEIGHT 286g

05 SONY C YBER-SHOT HX 20V

$499, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2012

LOVE Broad zoom range. Sharp shots achiev­able at max­i­mum zoom. Solid build. Ver­sa­tile mode dial and fea­tures galore

HATE Mi­nor is­sues with stills. Pricey for a point and shoot T3 SAYS Hefty fea­ture set and rock solid build plus con­sis­tently sharp re­sults. A cham­pion travel zoom SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS MEGAPIX­ELS 18.1 SCREEN 3 inches LENS 25-500mm

ZOOM 24x VIDEO 1080 at 50fps WEIGHT 221g

06 NIKON COOLPIX S 9300

$370, NIKON.COM.AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2012

LOVE Broad fo­cal range. Built-in GPS is handy for hol­i­days. High-class con­struc­tion com­bin­ing class and us­abil­ity

HATE Scroll wheel is a tad slippy. Some zoom noise. No Wi-Fi T3 SAYS A slen­der cam with a big zoom, the Nikon de­liv­ers high-end fea­tures and ex­cel­lent VFM SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

MEGAPIX­ELS 16 SCREEN 3 inches LENS 25-450mm ZOOM 18x VIDEO 1080 at 30fps WEIGHT 215g

07 PANA­SONIC LU­MIX DMC-GX7

$1,249, PANA­SONIC.COM.AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013 LOVE Great, hi-res viewfinder and tiltable screen. Takes ex­cel­lent pho­tos and HD video. Re­li­able Wi-Fi for in­stant shar­ing HATE On the pre­mium end of “mid-priced” T3 SAYS Pana­sonic’s best CSC yet per­forms to a very high level, then ticks con­nec­tiv­ity boxes just to show off SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 16-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 14-42mm SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 490g

08 NIKON COOLPIX P 7100

$529, NIKON.COM.AU, TESTED MARCH 2012 LOVE Ex­cel­lent pic­ture qual­ity, with a plethora of man­ual modes ac­ces­si­ble via hardy di­als and but­tons HATE Video, though very good, is 720p res­o­lu­tion only T3 SAYS A proper work­horse of a cam­era, this is a pow­er­ful com­pact, al­beit not ex­actly a svelte one SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS MEGAPIX­ELS 10.1 SCREEN 3 inches LENS 35mm ZOOM 7.1x VIDEO 720p at 24fps WEIGHT 395g

09 SAM­SUNG GALAXY CAM­ERA

$599, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED MARCH 2013

LOVE Great pic­ture qual­ity. Big 4.8-inch touch­screen with smart­phone-like con­trols. The op­tion of 3G con­nec­tiv­ity

HATE Too bulky. OS is clearly de­signed for phones not cam­eras T3 SAYS Far from per­fect, but the meld­ing of smart­phone con­trols and com­pact cam op­tics ap­peals SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

MEGAPIX­ELS 16 SCREEN 4.8 inches LENS 23mm ZOOM 21x VIDEO 1080p at 30fps WEIGHT 300g

10 CANON POW­ERSHOT S 120

$450, CANON.COM.AU, TESTED MARCH 2014

LOVE Truly com­pact size. Easy man­ual con­trol us­ing the lens ring. Above-av­er­age pic­ture qual­ity

HATE Pricey for its size. Lacks a hand­grip T3 SAYS A se­ri­ously com­pact cam with fea­tures and pic­ture qual­ity that punch above its weight SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

SEN­SOR 12.1-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 24-120mm in 35mm terms SCREEN 3-inch touch­screen WEIGHT 217g

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.