DESIGN & HANDLING
These cameras resemble a dream, but is their handling heavenly or nightmarish?
Canon’s modernist M100 is the option here that looks and feels the most outwardly plastic-y, but then it’s also the least expensive and, given the fact that it boasts a physically large APS-C-sized sensor – the bigger the sensor, theoretically the better the photos – it is stupendously small. With minimal top- and back-plate buttons and controls, this is a camera that anyone could pick up and start snapping with. Those who prefer more physical, tactile controls for tweaking manual settings may be disappointed, however, and the lack of an eye-level viewfinder may be further deflating; stills and videos are instead composed via its backplate LCD. The built-in flash, sunk unobtrusively into the top plate, but which springs forth dramatically when activated, is also a neat trick.
Overtly old-school with its range findercamera-like ridged dial son the top plate to govern shutter speed and exposure, and vacant hotshoe for attaching various accessories, Fuji’s X-E2 should appeal to
Overtly old-school, the Fuji X-E2 should appeal to the nostalgic
the nostalgic. If it weren’t for the LCD screen on the backplate, we might imagine this camera was from the 1970s. We do however get a built-in electronic viewfinder with eye sensor, that switches the eye-level window on and the larger LCD below it off.
For those who like their cameras crammed with tactile controls but still small enough to slip into a coat pocket, the brand’s E-M10 MK III will satisfy with its mix of classical styling and contemporary practicality. It has it all in terms of handling; eye-level viewfinder plus larger tilting LCD, along with vacant hotshoe for adding an accessory flash, plus there’s a built-in bulb hidden just above the lens. In practical terms, the smaller Four Thirds sensor employed by the Olympus, as opposed to the larger APS-C sensors in the Canon and Fuji, enables a longer focal reach from a physically smaller lens.