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