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Fujifilm X-A1
Sony Alpha NEX-5T
Fujifilm X-M1
Fujifilm XQ1
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens
Sony Alpha NEX-5T Digital Camera - Body Only
Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System 16MP Digital Camera
Fujifilm XQ1 12MP Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Oct 2013
Mar 2013
HD Recording Format
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
1080p (HDTV)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p, 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 640 x 480 (30p)
1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Interface Type
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini HDMI Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini HDMI Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (micro-HDMI)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini)
Camera Type
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact System Camera, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.28 mm
28.12 mm
28.28 mm
3.6 mm
2.5 mm

  • Ultimately, we prefer the X-A1 to the X-M1, as it delivers the same handling, features and performance, and, crucially, very similar image quality at a lower price. This is turn mitigates some of the issues that we had with the X-M1, principally concerning the lack of a viewfinder, so much so that we'd recommend that you save your cash and choose the X-A1 rather than the X-Trans, X-M1 version.


  • The X-A1 scores well for build and functionality and price, which makes the slight dip in image quality in comparison with the Fuji X-M1 palatable. It also provides a step into Fuji's X-system, which has a growing collection of lenses.


  • The Fujifilm X-A1 delivers an excellent standard of image quality, is an attractively designed camera and has a strong level of performance. While the lenses in the X series might not be the cheapest on the market, the X-A1 is well worthy of consideration in the entry-level CSC market.


  • Sony's Alpha NEX-5T mirrorless camera is simply last year's NEX-5R with added NFC support for quick image transfer to a smartphone. And the price has come down. So this isn't a bad thing.


  • Ultimately the new Sony NEX-5T is once again a likable and easy to recommend compact system camera which literally feels better balanced with the 16-50mm lens. Still Highly Recommended then, but we'd expect to see next year's inevitable update make some real strides forward.

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    If you're someone who purchased last year's Sony NEX-5R ILC model, you aren't going to want to upgrade the recently released NEX-5T, as the two cameras very similar. The NEX-5T introduces NEC wireless capabilities to this family of ILC models, but otherwise the 5R and 5T are basically the same camera. That doesn't mean the Sony NEX-5T isn't a great camera. It offers very good image quality, an articulated LCD, built-in Wi-Fi and fast response times, all of which you'll find in one of the smaller mirrorless ILC cameras on the market.


  • While it may not be the best overall camera available for less than $1,000, the Fujifilm X-M1 does deliver the best photo quality in its price class.


  • The mirrorless Fujifilm X-M1 features a big APS-C image sensor that's capable of capturing some excellent images, but it's just a little slow to focus and fire.


  • Ultimately, while we actually preferred the X-E1 to its big brother, the X-Pro1, the same can't be said about the X-M1, despite it being significantly cheaper and shipping with a good kit lens. The lack of a viewfinder is the main problem - for us, it just feels wrong to pick-up an X-series camera and not be able to hold it up to your eye. The X-M1 does offer the same fantastic image quality as the other two X models, though, so if you prefer to compose your images at arms length, then the Fujifilm X-M1 will more than meet your needs.


  • The new XQ1 is clearly designed to take on the all-conquering Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (our Compact Camera of the Year in 2012) and the popular Canon PowerShot S-series. It essentially offers image quality somewhere between the two at a very attractive price that is lower than both, whilst offering the same appealing retro design and great build quality that epitomises the X-series camera range. Built-in wi-fi connectivity, intuitive handling and speedy performance form the icing on what is already a very rich cake.


  • Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS puts 20x zoom in your pocket, along with Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1080p60 video capture. It's an ideal travel camera, and earns our Editors' Choice award.


  • Despite our quibbles with the wi-fi implementation and lack of touch-screen control, the inclusion of DIGIC 6 has brought a number of significant improvements to Canon's 2013 travel-zoom model, making the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS a real contender to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series.


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Top 5 digital camera for youtube video making:

  1. Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens
  2. Sony Alpha NEX-5T Digital Camera - Body Only
  3. Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System 16MP Digital Camera
  4. Fujifilm XQ1 12MP Digital Camera
  5. Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera