The shutters have come off some of the best new cameras,
CANON POWERSHOT SX50 HS
Canon, about $ 600; canon. com. au Due: This month
There are zoom lenses and then there is the beast fitted to this compact camera. Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS has the world’s largest optical zoom for a compact snapper at 50x or the film equivalent of a 1200mm lens. To boost this even further to spy- like lengths, a ZoomPlus digital zoom mode can extend its reach to 2400mm, putting truly distant objects in the frame. Canon has added intelligent stabilisation to keep this lens steady at full extension, as well as its new DIG! C 5 image processor, plus seek and lock framing modes that help frame the subject and keep images blur- free. The 12.1- megapixel camera also features a tilting, 2.8- inch screen.
SONY CYBER- SHOT RX1
Sony, $ 2999; sony. com. au Due: November
It’s never been done before: Sony has crammed a full- frame image sensor into a compact camera. The result, the Cyber- shot RX1 has the potential to deliver the professionalquality images of a digital SLR from a body that weighs 482g. To put it in perspective, the 24.3- megapixel image sensor inside this camera is more than twice as large as the APS- C sensors in bigger cameras. This camera also boasts a fixed f2.0 lens, five- frames- a- second shooting speed, plenty of manual modes and tactile controls for aperture and exposure settings. However, it doesn’t offer optical zoom, built- in flash or viewfinder.
OLYMPUS PEN LITE E- PL5
Olympus, $ 799; olympus. com. au Due: This month
Olympus is building its Pen range, adding a new Lite model to the mix. This compact system camera, the Lite E- PL5, features a slimmer and lighter body ( it’s less than 4cm thick) yet it borrows some high- end technology from its big brother, the Olympus OM- D. This camera features the 16- megapixel sensor and image processor of the pricier camera, which should deliver impressive photo quality. The miniature model also packs in a 3- inch touch- sensitive screen that can be flipped 170 degrees to take self- portraits, full high- definition video capture, eight frames- per- second shooting and 12 art filters to alter photos without the aid of a computer.
PANASONIC LUMIX GH3
Panasonic, $ TBA panasonic.com.au Due: January
Panasonic’s top- of- therange compact system camera is on its way and it appears to have the Olympus OM- D in its sights. The Lumix GH3 will feature a newly designed 16- megapixel sensor and a redesigned sealed body to keep out dust and water. The new mirrorless camera also adds an OLED viewfinder and 3- inch screen, six frames- a- second shooting speed and space to affix a battery grip, microphone and flash. One thing this camera adds that its rivals do not offer is wi- fi connectivity. The GH3 will connect to Apple or Google smartphones and use them as remote controls.
Nikon, $ 2599 ( body); nikon.com.au Due: now
Nikon has offered full- frame digital SLR cameras before but never at this price. The Japanese camera giant describes its latest full- frame offering as an ‘‘ entry- level’’ DSLR, given that price, but it offers a 24.3- megapixel resolution, light sensitivity from 100 to 6400 ISO and full high- definition video recording at 24 frames per second, making it anything but a beginner. The D600 also packs in a 39- point autofocus system, a shooting speed of 5.5 frames per second and a 3.2- inch screen to review your work. A wireless adaptor is available separately that can be used to transfer photos to a nearby smartphone.