New Prosumer Point and Shoots

New Prosumer Point and Shoots

Vivian Kim
Sep 24, 2010

With the photography trade show Photokina in full swing this week, we saw a variety of new sleek digital cameras. The most interesting of the bunch are the new prosumer compact cameras. Although they may not be as slim or easy to use as most typical consumer point and shoots, these cameras are perfect for those times when you don't want to lug around that bulky SLR. We'll take a look at some of these new prosumer compact cameras.

  • Fujifilm FinePix X100 ($1000) - This new 12.3MP retro style compact from Fujifilm is a stunner. With its high end APS-C CMOS sensor and fixed Fujion 23mm f/2.0 lens, it's sure to take some amazing pictures. It also has a Hybrid Viewfinder that can switch from optical to digital.
  • Olympus Zuiko (TBD) - Not much is known of this Olympus concept camera, and a price has yet to be announced. While it is strictly a point and shoot and doesn't have an interchangeable lens like the Micro 4/3 Olympus Pen, it does have a integrated Zuiko lens. What we do know is that it has the same accessory port as the PEN series camera, so peripherals should play nicely.
  • Canon Powershot G12 ($499) - This updated Canon G series camera didn't receive a huge upgrade from its predecessor, but It did add an important feature that gimped the previous G11—the G12 can now record movies in 720p. It still has a 2.8" tilt and swivel screen and SDXC card compatibility.
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000 ($499) - Not to be outdone by Canon's G12, Nikons P7000 has a high 6400 ISO and 720p/24 movie mode with continuous auto focus (another great feature that I hope to see the other camera manufacturers adopt is a 3.5mm microphone jack).
  • Casio Exilim EX-H20G ($349) - While this Casio is arguably the most unattractive of the bunch, it does pack some interesting features, such as Hybrid GPS and a world atlas with 140 cities around the world. This camera is sure to make your gadget friends jealous.
  • Leica D-Lux 5 ($799) - This Lieca is basically a Panasonic LX5 with a Lieca sticker slapped onto it. While you can pretty much get the same camera for $250 less by going for the Panasonic brand, the D-Lux is significantly cheaper than most of the higher end Lieca cameras.

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