What a beautifully diversifying industry digital photograph has become. As much as digital cameras seem to be “advancing,” they’re also diversifying. Photographers have access to more options than ever before. We all can enjoy photography with fewer compromises. Whatever your shooting style is, it’s highly unlikely you won’t find a camera that suits your style needs. Here are a selection of the latest additions (dealer links will be updated):
Two more just announced cameras and a lens seemed to to be caught up in the whirlwind of Sony A7(R) activity. First there’s the Sony RX10, a new breed of the RX fixed lens lineup. Then Panasonic’s small and retro head-turner, the Lumix GM1 with a 12-32mm lens. Last but not least Nikon’s bright fast new Nikkor AF-S 58mm F1.4G for full-frame and APS-C shooters.
The RX10 with a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and large F2.8 maximum aperture throughout the expansive, 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-200mm gives ample opportunity to zoom in.
The RX10 makes it easy to manipulate depth of field to defocus backgrounds. The compact fixed lens design promises consistent optimal image quality from edge to edge. Besides, expect the latest of Sony’s imaging technology built into this all-rounder.
Now the following is my favorite — a truly stylish addition to the growing range of prime quality compacts: the Panasonic Lumix GM1.
The GM1 has a timeless iconic design meeting modern micro technology. Reminiscent of stylish rangefinder cameras, the GM1 offers both high quality picture and Full HD video recording in one compact hybrid system.
Speaking of build quality, the Micro Four Thirds sensor is encased in reinforced metallic alloy. Looks like an ideal companion to be taken anytime everywhere. Indeed it’s the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera yet! In all three dimensions even a bit smaller than the tiny Pentax Q7!
Closing this post with the newest Nikkor, why not F1.2 you might ask. Costing nearly $1,700, this is no cheap lens — but seems to deliver. Costing about half of the Zeiss equivalent, the Otus 55mm F1.4 APO, so what? Have a look at these promising sample images.