Sony RX100 Hands-On Review

Sony RX100

I have been using the Sony RX100 for about a week now and I have to say that it is a stunning little camera.  It packs 20MP CMOS image sensor and the fixed zoom lens provides 28-100mm equivalent zoom range with a max f/1.8 aperture.

The RX100 gives a proper use of that little 2.7x crop sensor that’s also found in the Nikon 1 Series.  And, best of all, it’s a pocketable camera. [Read more...]

Panasonic GX1 Review

Panasonic GX1

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a compact Micro Four Thirds camera that features a 16MP image sensor, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD and captures 1080/60i AVCHD video.

The GX1 is one of the mirrorless cameras that really pushes the compact nature of the mirrorless format, while retaining a large image sensor.  Combined with the ultra-compact 14-42mm power zoom lens, the GX1 delivers near-DSLR performance in an almost-pocketable form factor. [Read more...]

Nikon Coolpix P7100 Review

Nikon P7100

The Nikon P7100 is the latest prosumer compact in the Coolpix lineup.  When I reviewed the Nikon P7000 earlier this year, my biggest complaint was the speed of the camera in terms of shot-to-shot raw image capture and navigation of the menu system.  Nikon has clearly addressed those concerns in the P7100 model, allowing the camera to compete on level ground with Canon’s G12 and other prosumer compact cameras. [Read more...]

Sony NEX-5N Review

Sony NEX-5N

The Sony NEX-5N is part of Sony’s second go-round at the mirrorless camera format. The NEX-3 and NEX-5 were largely regarded as a success – and for the most part the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N models which followed on a year later have been held with similar regard.

What you need to know up front is that the Sony NEX-5N is not a perfect camera.  It’s a solid (bordering on excellent) offering from Sony; however, it has some niggling problems and concerns that take some of the luster off of it.  (Update 11/9/11:  The core defect appears to have been fixed. See details below.) [Read more...]