Ability to shoot Raw as well as JPEG
With the ability to shoot Raw as well as JPEG, high quality video with stereo sound and do both in otherwise testing conditions, this is one compact styled CSC that just about does it all. Given this perhaps the asking price isn't as excessive as it might first seem in comparison with regular non-protected 'J' series Nikons.
Waterproof to 15 metres, High speed shooting at 60fps
The Nikon 1 AW1 is unique in offering a completely waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, making it ideal for travelling, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, or for giving to the kids to take photos with. Although with a limited number of lens options that are also waterproof, the choice of waterproof lenses is a little bit limiting at the moment, and it would benefit from a brighter prime lens or a wider zoom lens, as the standard zoom lens isn't very wide or very bright.
Above average image noise for a mirrorless
The Nikon 1 AW1 is absolutely unique. It is the only waterproof or shockproof interchangeable lens camera every made. Its relatively large 1" CMOS sensor provide it with image-quality superior to all other waterpoof cameras. This makes it an obvious choice for anyone serious about underwater photography but not able to spend on a DSLR submersible casing or willing to deal with the bulk and complexity of such a system.
First waterproof interchangeable lens camera
In its primary capacity as an underwater camera, the AW1 performs very well. Does it deliver the best photos from an ILC? No. But it is the only rugged model that will withstand whatever you can throw at it and give you the flexibility of changing between lenses. As a feat of pure engineering, the AW1 is a marvel.
Good camera but is it worth the money?
So in a nut shell if you are looking at a V2 should you buy it? The V1 price cannot be beat right now and the image quality of the V2 is not that much different than the V1. If I did not own the V1 already I would buy it in a heartbeat vs. the V2. Am I going to upgrade? No, not at this time, I am going to wait until Nikon discounts the camera to a price that is more reasonable as they have done with the V1 or wait for the V3.
Unmatched burst mode performance
We recommend the V2 only for users who spend the majority of their time shooting action, for whom a larger DSLR simply isnÃ¢Â? Â? t an option. The 1 series' small footprint is no longer compelling in the ever-more crowded mirrorless market (and don't forget the smaller, cheaper Sony RX100 either), while the sensor's indoor and low-light performance is worse than what we expect from this price point.
Attractive combination of speed, portability, image quality and handling
Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they've succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1's stylish and slimline appearance.
Small body, Advanced controls
Whether it will tempt anyone away from the slew of larger sensored compact system cameras currently on the market seems questionable. While it does produce good images, those looking for something a little more advanced will probably be more at home with the likes of the Panasonic G5, Sony NEX-5R or Olympus PEN E-PL5.
That said, it's a nice small size, making it ideal for carrying around a lot.
Good range of useful shooting features
There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it's certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2's 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes.
Fast high speed shooting at fast shutter speeds possible
The Nikon 1 V2 is an excellent advancement in the mirrorless camera market. There are stunning new features such as Slow View and there is fast high-speed shooting. Given you can shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/4000, it's possible to use the camera for sports photography if you purchase the 10-100mm (35mm equiv: 27-270mm) lens or attach a AF-S or AF-I Nikkor lens using the FT1 mount.
Super-fast autofocus system, impressive burst mode
There's a lot to like about the Nikon 1 V2: it's super fast, responsive and the new mode dial is a nod toward welcoming in the more traditional photo enthusiast. But the menu system is still a bit of a faff and the 1-inch sensor size won't quite match up to the competition. As much as the super speed may sway some, we find the £749 price tag to be too much of a stretch on this occasion.
Ultra-fast autofocus until very low light
The Nikon 1 V2 leads in terms of speed while placing itself right between most compact and most mirrorless cameras for output quality. This makes it one of a few mirrorless ones that can actually handle action photography, at least down to moderate light levels.
Compact body and lens system, Image quality, Colour reproduction
A beautifully designed and constructed compact camera with a lens system that brings out the strengths of the compact interchangeable lens form factor. Image quality is good and it's genuinely fun to use. Travellers who want the flexibility of a dSLR without the bulk or weight should look this way.
The Fujifilm X100 made us angry in the lab with its quirky interface, but its optical and image quality results were excellent, all except for the pronounced lens flare issue, and in use it was really quite fun. Operational difficulty and the unusual lens flare prevent us from giving the Fujifilm X100 our highest recommendation, but for the right person in the right circumstances, as outlined in the review, we think the Fujifilm X100 is an excellent choice, and a very fine camera.
The Perfect Travel & Street Camera!
In summary, I think the X100 is the ONE camera I'll take whenever I leave the ship; although I'll try to smuggle the Canon into my wife's fanny pack for emergency uses or when cameras are "forbidden" or when a 90mm zoom is essential. Its optical finder is so useful on the water that I don't anything, short of a heavier and complex DSLR or electronic finder camera such as the GH2, can keep up with it.
Former Micro Four-Thirds User
This is not my only camera. It's not really designed to be an all purpose camera or dslr. I still use my D90 as my primary camera and the x100 as my carry around camera. I'd recommend this camera to those people who know what they are getting into. It's not for the casual shooter nor does it compete with higher end (and more expensive) cameras.
Outstanding Image Quality, Accurate Colors and Good Performance
I highly recommend the X100 to photography enthusiasts and believe that its manufacturer's list price is reasonable. However, I would not recommend the camera to "point and shoot" photographers who are dependent on pre-sets and don't have the patience or desire to learn photography fundamentals.
The down and dirty on the X100 (so far)
Overall, i'm in love with this camera. it's takes a bit of getting used to, but i actually like that about it. it reminds you what you should be thinking about before and during a shot, by putting the most important controls right in the places where they should go. just being able to change the aperture on the lens (which has a GREAT soft notched feel to it) is huge. i love having a camera again where i can dial in my F or my shutter at the flick of a HARDWARE dial or ring. it's a really...
A host of future proofing and manual control
Contentious pricing aside, the Leica V-LUX 30 is a very capable camera with a host of future proofing and manual control if pointing and shooting eventually numbs brain and senses. Whilst it may not be the cheapest nor sport the biggest lens, the Leica could be said to be conceivably the only travel zoom camera you may ever need - missing out only on being weatherproofed and shockproofed to truly make it a jack of all trades.
Good design and build quality
The 16x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation is very useful, with a wide angle view and detail is good at both ends of the lens, producing very good images and videos. The camera is very easy to use and feels good with a solid design. Yes, the camera is much more expensive than the very similar Panasonic Lumix TZ-20, but you are getting an a camera with a superb name, it looks classy and you get the Adobe software and two-year warranty.
A very well made camera
The Leica V-Lux 30 isn't the first compact from the manufacturer to simply look like a more expensive version of an existing Panasonic and one assumes nor will it be the last. The bare facts are that it is, however, a very well made camera that performs very well and in that sense, if you're on the lookout for a travel zoom, the V-Lux 30 could well be the only travel zoom you may ever need. Bear that in mind and Ã? Â£550 begins to look less contentious, as does Ã?
Classic minimalist Leica aesthetic
The Leica V-Lux 30 is a 15.1 megapixel (14.1 MP effective) digital camera designed to offer a range of high quality photo options and 1080i-AVCHD full HD video capability. A follow up to the V-Lux 20, that featured a 12x zoom and a 12.1 MP sensor, the 16x zoom lens on the V-Lux 30 features an extended range of focal lengths, equivalent to 24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format, suitable for a variety of shots such as wide-angle, macro, and telephoto shots of subjects at a distance.
With the ability to achieve crisp results no matter which point weâ??d arrived at in the Leica V-Lux 30â??s expansive focal range, and if we liked pinpoint where those images were shot on the world stage, the Leica whilst not being freezeproof, waterproof and shockproof is nevertheless one of the best realised travel zooms out there. Quality doesnâ??t come cheap however, which is the largest barrier to purchase when it comes to this ultimate travel companion for the point and shoot photographer.
Overall, I had a great time with the little Panasonic GF2. Although it doesn't quite catch up to that of Sony's aggressively styled NEX-5, the Panasonic GF2's new body is noticeably more compact than that of the GF1. It's extremely nimble and compact -- still a little too large to slip into a pair of slacks without looking like you have a camera in your pocket (I did get looks), but the design has never been more sportcoat or jacket-friendly.
Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts.
good overall color accuracy
The instant the Panasonic GF1 hit the market it seemed that people began anticipating the GF2's release. What would Panasonic change? How would they improve one of the most popular cameras in their model line? Instead of a sequel to the GF1, the GF2 is better described as a re-imagining of the GF series: same image quality, but intended for a wider, less experienced audience.
With a simplified design, touchscreen operation, emphasis on its Intelligent Auto mode andÃ¢??
Good AF and shutter reaction times
The mirrorless/interchangeable lens class shows no sign of slowing down as Panasonic and Samsung are both introducing their second generation offerings while speculation is that Nikon is about to enter the fray.
Panasonic's GF2 represents a measured approach to upgrades over the GF1: video goes to the full HD standard, 1080i; a 3D capture capability is offered via a new 12mm 3D lens and a touch screen operation with new user interface round out the major differences in the new camera.
Very good photo quality
In conclusion, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a good choice for those looking for an interchangeable lens camera (though I'd pass on the 14 mm lens). It offers very good photo quality, an easy-to-use interface, Full HD movie recording -- all in a body that fits in the palm of your hand. If you're a current GF1 owner (like me) thinking of upgrading, I'd probably hold out for the next model, which will hopefully bring back some of what Panasonic took away on the DMC-GF2.
Cheaper than the GF1 was on launch, the new DMC-GF2 takes Panasonic's compact system cameras in a new direction, aiming to appeal to a wider base of users who are looking for DSLR-like results from a simpler and more compact design. While it's certainly not a logical upgrade for current GF1 owners, the GF2 deserves to make a big leap forward both for Panasonic and for the Compact System Camera market as a whole.
Well implemented touch screen controls
In removing many of the GF1's physical controls and replacing them with a touch screen, Pansonic has widened the appeal of the GF2 to those looking to trade up from an advanced compact. The risk, of course, was that it would alienate enthusiasts who, above all, want the same kind of control and handling as provided by a DSLR.
Compact body with relatively large imaging sensor
The GF2 is a very different camera to its predecessor, which can confuse the fact that it's a camera very well suited to its target market. It offers both beginners and experienced photographers a simple but powerful control method (we'd say it trumps both the Olympus E-PL2 and the Sony NEX-3 and -5 in this respect), albeit one that requires a leap-of-faith to embrace the touchscreen control. Sadly, however, the underlying camera technology is starting to show its age.
n the final analysis, while the GF2 is an excellent camera in its own right, it doesn't feel as revolutionary as Panasonic's first attempt in the GF1. But if it draws a wider audience to Micro Four Thirds and its inherent benefits - smaller bodies and smaller lenses, yet results comparable (if not an exact match for) the DSLR 'big boys', then we're all for it.
Great looks, great features, and excellent, category-leading image quality
Overall, we continue to be really impressed with the Sony NEX-5 and its lower-priced sibling, the NEX-3. Both offer higher image quality than any of their rivals, all in a package that's smaller than all of their large-sensor rivals. It is fun to carry and shoot, and gorgeous to behold with a bevy of features you're going to want to explore.
Solid image quality
The Sony NEX-5 brings together features from both point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5 brings together features from both point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs. Canon's incremental refinements to its latest Rebel add up to improved image quality and movie recording that is a notable step forward.
For users hoping to point-and-shoot, the NEX cameras do pretty well, if not brilliantly
The NEX cameras are a brave and interesting attempt to redefine the camera. We weren't impressed with the cameras when we first encountered them but an unexpectedly significant firmware update has dramatically improved the shooting experience for enthusiast users.
For users hoping to point-and-shoot, the NEX cameras do pretty well, if not brilliantly.
smallest interchangeable lens camera
The NEX-5 is likely to have a polar split of opinion: on the one hand it is ultra compact (yet the lenses are rather chunky to match the sensor format) meaning it's easy for get-up-and-go point-and-shoot photography using the intelligent Auto mode; on the other hand its full manual controls are tricky to access quickly which may frustrate more advanced users.
Even at elevated ISO settings of 1600 for low-light use, the Sony NEX-5 took clean images.
The Sony NEX-5 is a superb all-rounder - a real enthusiasts camera with delicious picture quality, and a camera that's compact and lightweight enough for easy carrying. It makes picture-taking a joy, and can also be enjoyed by less experienced snappers and still get professional-looking results.
It's a digital SLR that's aimed at people who don't have a big budget and who are perhaps new to digital photography but don't want a camera with a smaller Micro Four Thirds–based system.
Sony's DLSR-A390 is capable of capturing vibrant and clear images, but its body could use some work. For starters, we'd like a dedicated button for the flash and for zooming in on photos in playback mode, and it's awkward to change the aperture in manual mode. The camera also lacks video mode. If you don't care about video and just want a good quality D-SLR, then the DSLR-A390 is worth considering, but it will take time to used to it.
high ISO quality
Overall, the Panasonic G2 is a big improvement on the G1, offering a refreshing new way to interact with the camera. It will serve the needs of the enthusiast photographer and the consumer shooter looking for a high quality, yet light weight digital photography solution, whose accessories and lenses will fit in the smallest of camera bags.
The Panasonic Lumix G2 is only an incremental upgrade from the original G1, but most of the changes are for the better. The touch-screen is, as always, just a gimmick, but the video mode is good. Build quality, performance and image quality are all still of a very high standard, but you can get better results from a full-size DSLR of the same price.
stick to the ISO 100-1600 range and images are decent, with only a grain-like quality progressively creeping into images as the sensitivity increases.
The G2's touchscreen functionality aligns it where all current technology is headed - from the mobile phone in your pocket to the ticket machine you buy train tickets from. Far from being gimmicky, touch adds that extra dimension that makes perfect sense for quick-selecting AF points or utilising the camera's subject-tracking AF mode.
Great image quality compared to expensive point and shoot or cheap entry-level dSLR alternatives .
A user need only touch the subject on the touch display and the unit will automatically auto focus (AF). Plus the touch functionality lets users snap a photo, select a thumbnail, and enlarge a subject by merely touching the screen. Additional features include 720p video capture in the AVCHD Lite format, a 12.
Good image quality
The best combination here of image quality, camera build and features, we highly recommend the Panasonic Lumix G2's one-touch HD video recording, choice of viewfinders and its tilting LCD. Buying in to the Micro Four Thirds concept in the first place is't cheap, but if you're up for the investment, this excellent camera is the model to choose.
This Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review shows a very nice DSLR camera that literally places almost every feature you could want within one-touch reach -- including shooting photos by touching the LCD -- while delivering outstanding image results and response times.
Panasonic has done a good job of mixing intermediate photography features with easy-to-use features in the Lumix G2, making it an ideal entry-level DSLR camera.
excellent detail and colour
We've nominated the Lumix DMC-G10 as an Editor's Choice on the basis of the Imatest performance of the review camera - and because it represents the best value-for-money of any of the G-series cameras we've reviewed to date. This assessment is based on the assumption that most users will buy the camera for taking still pictures and only occasionally record video clips.
In my opinion the EP-2 is tough enough to go just about anywhere above water - including taking pictures in extreme environments - like shooting winter sports or trekking through the desert.
A solid follow-up to the E-P1 with a slightly expanded feature set, the E-P2 is an excellent although relatively pricey DSLR-alternative.
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