Monday, September 17, 2012

Compact Cameras to Watch at Photokina

The Nikon D600 and Canon 6D are stealing most of the attention now but there have been a number of interesting compact cameras that have been announced as well.

  • Olympus XZ-2 iHS: This is the update to the XZ-1.  Although Olympus' reputation took a hit because of its corporate scandal, the XZ-1 was one of the best, if not the best compact in its class in the previous generation.  It had great optics, a wide aperture, a low-noise sensor, and a built-in wireless commander.  The XZ-2 adds an articulating touch screen.
  • Canon Powershot G15.  Same sensor as the G12 but the lens is more than 1 stop brighter throughout the zoom range.
  • Canon Powershot S110.  The Powershot S-series' high end model has usually offered one of the best sensors in its class.  This year's S110 adds wi-fi and touch screen but loses GPS.
  • Fuji XF1.  Retro-looking compact with a large 2/3" sensor (not to be confused with 1/2.3") and a mechanical zoom ring.