Smart shoot­ers

IN­SPIRED BY PAST GLO­RIES, CAM­ERA MAK­ERS ARE RECRE­AT­ING THEIR ANA­LOGUE ICONS FOR THE DIG­I­TAL-PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AGE…

Australian T3 - - CON­TENTS - Words: Gavin Stoker

Want to know which Com­pact Sys­tem Cam­era to spend your money on? Find out here - we test the ul­ti­mate CSCs from Olym­pus, Fuji and Pana­sonic.

FOR THE SAVVY PHO­TOG­RA­PHER LOOK­ING FOR AN AD­JUNCT TO THEIR SMART­PHONE, THE DED­I­CATED DIG­I­TAL COM­PACT IS THE UNDIS­PUTED KING. BUT THIS AREA OF PHO­TOG­RA­PHY HAS TAKEN A CU­RI­OUS TURN OF LATE, WITH MANY CAM­ERA MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS TAK­ING IN­SPI­RA­TION FROM THE PAST.

This has birthed an abun­dance of retro-styled com­pact sys­tem cam­eras (also known as CSCs, or ‘mir­ror­less’ mod­els) that evoke mem­o­ries of pre­vi­ous clas­sics. Many of these give a nod to the rangefinder cam­eras so pop­u­lar in the charm­ing days of film; a time when tak­ing pho­to­graphs was as much about point-and-hope as pointand-shoot. But while they’re re­splen­dent with mul­ti­ple man­u­ally op­er­ated knobs and di­als to trick us into think­ing we’re at least do­ing some of the cre­ative work, make no mis­take: these de­vices are packed with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to help even the most in­ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­pher cap­ture beau­ti­ful im­agery. In most cases, they’re also fu­ture-proof, with the op­tion to add sundry lenses and ac­ces­sories, and in­cre­men­tally up­grade the cam­era via firmware rather than buy­ing a whole new model.

The new gen­er­a­tion are also mostly smaller and lighter than their fore­bears, thereby min­i­mal­is­ing the risk of neck- and back-ache when you’re lug­ging the cam­era around all day.

So in many ways, you’re get­ting the best of both worlds. The ques­tion is, which model should you choose? Here, T3 lines up three of the best – from Fu­ji­film, Olym­pus and Pana­sonic – to help you make your mind up.

Pho­tos: Neil God­win & Gavin Roberts

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