Our Fav Retro Inspired Digital Cameras

Our Fav Retro Inspired Digital Cameras

Joel Pirela
Oct 17, 2011

We're not talking about specs, or which one has the most megapixels, or zoom quality...today's roundup is based upon looks alone. The more retrolicious, the better. Let's see what all these digital cameras with film era looks have to offer...

Olympus PEN E-PL1
Yes we know the E-PL1 has already been replaced by the bigger and better E-P3 in the PEN series, but we have a soft spot for the look of the PEN E-PL1. No frills design, boxy looking and almost a range finder style to it. Comes with a 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds Lens and a 2.7" LCD display. 12 megapixels, HD movies in 720p and 6 in camera art filters.

Leica X1
Leica is the name that comes into your mind when you think about retro inspired digital cameras. The X-1 doesn't disappoint. It's a very small camera with a heavy dose of style poured into it. 12.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor provides amazing images. The lens is not interchangeable and it's motorized when you turn the camera on. In our case, the motorized lens actually is a turn off. The good thing about the lens is that is an Elmarit 1:2.8/24 ASPH lens that is exceptionally fast and wide angle at the same time. In terms of look, without having to jump to the very expensive M Series, The X-1 takes the cake.

Pentax Q
The Penax Q is one that we could easily label as a "cute" little camera. Leading the pack of what could it be the smallest interchangeable lens camera, the Pentax Q features a 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor. The sensor is tiny (1/2.3") and pretty much is 1/8th of the size of the sensor of the micro four thirds and 1/13th the size of the APS-C format sensor in the Sony's NEX. Several lenses are available: A Prime of 47mm f1.9 and some "fun" fixed focal length toy lenses: wide angle and telephoto. Fisheye and even a 28-83mm equivalent standard zoom.

Sony NEX-7
Probably one of the most anticipated camera of the season, the Sony NEX-7, brings everything a serious photographer is wishing for. At a price point of $1349 with a 18-55mm lens, you will get a whooping 24.3 MP images with even 10 fps shooting, 1080p HD movies and ASP-C side HD image sensor. Sweep panorama, auto HDR, and the OLED electronic viewfinder are also included. The NEX-7 is not your typical pocket camera and certainly will give some professional DSLRs a case of camera envy. A tiny body with a big lens. That's how we like them.

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