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Most Popular Digital Cameras of February
by Laura Hicks -  9/10/2012


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1. Samsung NX300 (no change in ranking)

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The NX300 is the flagship model of the NX lineup of cameras--and with great reason. The camera has a large 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a new hybrid autofocus (phase and contrast) that proves to be fast and reliable.  The NX300 has a 3.3-inch AMOLED tilting touchscreen. It also offers users ISO sensitivities from 100 to 25,600 and a respectable 8.6fps continuous shooting speed. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second for better action photography. The NX300 can shoot RAW or JPG files and takes SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 enabled memory cards. 

Samsung NX300 Review

2.Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 (previously #3)

[click to view image]The Sony HX300 comes busting out of the starting gate with a faster maximum aperture than most of its competition, improved AF, and enhanced/improved image stabilization which should make this digital camera an industry leader. However, it doesn't feature (like many of its competitors) a hot shoe, GPS, built-in Wi-Fi, a touch-screen, or a RAW capture mode. Will a lack of features criple the camera's sales? We are not convinced it will.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Review

3.Pentax K-3 (new to list)

[click to view image]Barely 13 months after the introduction of its DSLR flagship K-5II/K-5IIs, Pentax is at it again: the K-3 becomes the new standard bearer of Ricoh Imaging's burgeoning APS-C sensor equipped fleet. Announced in October 2013 and arriving in the market the following November, Pentax describes the new camera " the most advanced enthusiast DSLR available, featuring unparalleled technology and specifications..." Coming on the heels of the K-5II, a very capable and feature-rich model at an attractive price-point in its own right, ad copy for the K-3 clearly demonstrates Pentax feels they've raised the performance bar with their new offering.

Pentax K-3 Review

 4.Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (previously #2)

[click to view image]The new Canon Powershot SX280 HS is an easily pocketable compact P&S digicam with a long 20x zoom lens. The SX280 HS (which replaces the SX260 HS in Canon's upscale point and shoot digital camera catalog) features a 12-megapixel (BSI) CMOS sensor, Canon's proprietary HS (high sensitivity) technology, and the SX280 HS is the first of Canon's digicams to feature the new DIGIC VI processor. When combined, these components give the SX280 HS unique low light capabilities.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Review

5.Canon EOS 6D (previously #4)

[click to view image]Built around a newly designed 20 megapixel full-frame sensor and the latest DIGIC 5 image processor, the Canon EOS 6D offers the type of features and functionality you'd expect from even more expensive Canon models, but without the pricetag. Canon prices have risen over the past couple of years, the 6D offers a good way to acquire Canon technology and image quality without a high cost of entry. For example, given the $1400 difference in price between the 6D and Canon's next-in-line full-frame model, the 5D Mark III, the 6D will appeal to enthusiasts who want an affordable full-frame camera as well as pro's who want a second or third full-frame DSLR as backup. Full HD video, in-camera HDR and multiple exposure are just a few of the camera's above-and-beyond standard DSLR features. 

Canon EOS 6D Review

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6.Samsung Galaxy Camera (previously #8)

[click to view image]Samsung breaks new ground with their latest innovation to camera technology -- The Samsung Galaxy Camera. This camera is the first to offer total connectivity via an available data plan. Complete with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, this device is far more than a point and shoot camera. The Galaxy has created a class all its own - a hybrid breed combining the best features of a camera and a tablet. Welcome -- the camlet

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

7.Canon PowerShot G15 (previously #4)

[click to view image]The Canon G15 is a step up from most point and shoot cameras. The camera features a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor with the latest generation Digic 5 Image Processor. This sensor is on the larger size for point and shoot cameras. Also, the Digic 5 has some pretty significant improvements over the last version. The Processor has increased speed and power. It also has improved noise reduction to help the camera reduce grain in high ISO images. 

Canon PowerShot G15 Review

8.Olympus E-PL5  (previously #6)

[click to view image]The Olympus E-PL5 is the successor to the E-PL3 and is targeted at enthusiasts and consumers that want more power than their point and shoot may give, but also want better image quality. Conversely, the E-PL5 was also designed with a unique crowd of shooters in mind. The camera sports the 4/3rds sized 16.1 MP LiveMOS sensor from the Olympus OMD EM5, its bigger brother. However, the sensor was modified to have a very weak Anti Aliasing filter; therefore giving the user sharper images no matter what lens is attached. Because of this, the camera also has more appeal to those that embrace the ability of a Micro Four Thirds camera to have several different types of lenses adapted onto it due to the fact that many lenses will also be sharper.

Olympus E-PL5 Review

9.Samsung NX2000 (new to list)

[click to view image]Sitting snugly between the NX300 and the NX1100, the NX2000 was designed for entry to mid level photographers and those wanting to step up to a mirrorless camera system. The NX2000 has some pretty good specs--it offers users a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-25600, and a continuous shutter speed of 8 frames per second. 

Samsung NX2000 Review

10.Nikon 1 S1  (previously #9)

[click to view image]The 1 S1 looks much like the 1 J3 and has many similar features. Among the features in common are CMOS CX sensors measuring 13.2 x 8.8mm (with a 2.7 crop factor), the ability to shoot in RAW format as well as JPEG, use of a sophisticated hybrid autofocus system which employs a combination of phase detection and contrast detection with up to 135 autofocus points, manual exposure modes including aperture and shutter priority, and movie modes up to 1080i and 1080p as well as the ability to shoot in slow motion. However, there are some significant differences as well. The 1 S1 is shipped with a different kit lens, an 11-27.5mm zoom lens.

Nikon 1 S1 Review

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