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.


  1. The oly xz1 is superb - mine got me back into photography again and actually got me using the old dslr again. Shame about the video and JPEG NR - hope they fix this in the xz2, oly need a boost!

    1. Wow that's great to hear. I was interested in the XZ1 myself but was worried about Olympus' survival (I was choosing during the peak of the scandal). With Sony's rumored investment it looks like Olympus is here to stay.

      Best regards,


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