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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the flagship Olympus camera, joining the mirrorless and DSLR lines into a model capable of taking full advantage of Four-Thirds and Micro Four-Thirds lenses. This mirrorless features a revised 16 megapixels CMOS sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF for use with legacy Zuiko lenses, while it uses ultra-fast Contrast-Detect AF by reading the sensor at 240 Hz when using M.Zuiko lenses.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

As the top-of-the-line offering, the E-M1 is built to professional standards. Its body includes dual control-dials, a built-in EVF with Eye-Start sensor and is both freezeproof to -10C and weather-sealed. Its high-speed shutter can sustain bursts at 10 FPS and shutter-speeds up to 1/8000s.

Neocamera recently published a full-review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 here. Check it out to learn how this mirrorless performs and be sure to visit the gallery of full-resolution images.

CP+ is about to happen, and here are the latest digital cameras that have been announced.

Nikon Coolpix:
P340 – Entry level serious compact, 5x optical zoom, built in Wi-Fi
S9600 – 22x optical zoom pocket camera
S9700 – 30x optical zoom pocket camera, 3inch screen, manual controls
P600 – 60x optical zoom, tilting vari-angle screen
P530 – 40x optical zoom
AW120 (Waterproof, 18m)
S32 (Waterproof, 10m), 13mp

Olympus:
Stylus Tough TG-850 (Waterproof, 10m), tilting screen for self-portraits
Stylus SP-100EE – 50x optical zoom, with dot-sight
OM-D E-M10 – compact 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera with EVF, sample photos.

Fujifilm:
X-T1 – Weather sealed compact system camera, full review.

Pentax Ricoh:
WG-4, WG-4 GPS – (Waterproof) one with GPS
WG-20 – (Waterproof)

Panasonic:
Panasonic Lumix GH4 – interchangeable lens digital camera that records 4K video – Micro Four Thirds, 16mp sensor, 12fps continuous shooting for stills.

Casio:
Casio Exilim EX-100 – Serious compact with Raw, tilting screen, 10.7x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture, and 3.5inch screen.

It’s currently CES 2014 (Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas), and as expected, numerous new cameras have been announced, here’s a roundup of the new cameras announced:

Nikon:
D3300 DSLR, 24mp, entry level DSLR with a new compact zoom lens
CoolPix L29, 5x zoom
L30, 5x zoom
L330, 26x zoom, 20mp
L830, 34x optical zoom, 16mp
S2800, 5x zoom
S3600, 8x zoom
S5300, 8x zoom
S6700, 10x zoom
S6800, 12x zoom

Samsung:
NX30 – 20mp, Mirrorless with tilting EVF and screen
Galaxy Camera 2 – Android camera with 21x zoom
WB2200F – 60x zoom with dual grip ultra zoom bridge camera
WB1100F – 35x zoom ultra zoom / bridge camera
WB350F – 21x zoom travel zoom
WB50F, WB35F – 12x compact zoom

Sony:
Alpha A5000 – 20mp, WiFi, NFC, Mirrorless
Cyber-shot W830 – 8x compact camera, 20.1mp
Cyber-shot W810 – 6x compact camera, 20.1mp, with Party mode

Canon:
Powershot N100 – dual front / rear cameras – 5x zoom with Wi-Fi
Powershot SX600 HS – 18x pocket zoom camera
IXUS 265 – 12x zoom compact camera, with Wi-Fi

Fujifilm:
FinePix S1 – 50x weather sealed ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S9400W – 50x optical zoom bridge camera with Wi-Fi, 16mp
FinePix S9200 – 50x optical zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S8600 – 36x “compact” ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix XP70 – Waterproof (10m), 5x optical zoom compact
Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 lens for X Mount cameras

Panasonic:
Lumix TZ60, 30x pocket/travel zoom, Wi-Fi, GPS
Lumix TZ55, 20x pocket/travel zoom, tilting “selfie” screen
Lumix LZ40, 42x ultra zoom bridge camera
Lumix SZ8, 12x zoom compact camera, Wi-Fi
Leica DG 42.5mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Kodak: details can be found on ePHOTOzine.
PIXPRO S-1 – 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera, Wi-Fi, tilting screen
+ Kodak 12-45mm and 42.5-160mm zoom lens
PIXPRO AZ651 – 65x optical zoom bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ525 – 52x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ421 – 42x optical zoom, bridge camera
Smart Lens SL10 – 10x optical zoom add-on for smartphones
Smart Lens SL25 – 25x optical zoom add-on for smartphones

Sigma: 
50mm f/1.4 Art prime lens
18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS APS-C Zoom lens

Polaroid:
Polaroid announced some cameras too, seemingly mock-ups or prototypes, and whether they’ll actually be released or not is anyone’s guess. For example, last year they announced a number of mirrorless cameras with vague details (one looked like a Nikon 1 series copy, the other a Pentax Q copy), and we’re still waiting for them to be released. Although they did release one, the Polaroid iM1836 (the Nikon 1 look-a-like), it was quickly withdrawn from the market after Nikon sued them for copyright infringement. Anyway, here’s hoping they do release some of these cameras, as the Socialmatic certainly looks interesting:

Polaroid Socialmatic – Android, Zink photo printing, 14mp front camera, 2mp rear camera, 4.5inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, due Fall 2014…
Polaroid Ultra Zoom / Bridge cameras, with Wi-Fi, and 50x, 40x, 35x, 30x, and 15x optical zoom depending on how everyone feels, and due Spring 2014.

Fuji X-E2The Fuji X-E2 recently launched with a unique 16 megapixels APS-C sensor that uses Fuji’s own X-Trans 6×6 color-pattern to avoid artifacts without the need of an anti-alias filter. Version II of this sensor, which is used in the X-E2 and X100S, also offers Phase-Detect autofocus, allowing the X-E2 to boast the fasted AF performance in its class.

Fuji X-E2 Review

A detailed review of the X-E2 just got published at Neocamera. Like all their reviews, this one clearly explains the capability, usability and performance of the X-E2, comparing it detail-by-detail with its predecessor, the highly acclaimed Fuji X-E1. Read it to find out all about the X-E2 and be sure to get your own impression of image-quality by visiting the included gallery of full-resolution images.

Panasonic Lumx DMC-GX7Panasonic’s latest flagship mirrorless, the GX7 brings the first in-camera stabilization system to the Lumix mirrorless family. This camera boasts an impressive tilting EVF with Eye-Start sensor a whopping 2.8 megapixels of resolution, something unmatched by any digital camera to date. This lets the GX7 show a crisp and clear view of the world and making it, in most cases, even more usable than a traditional optical viewfinder.

Neocamera just published a review of  the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7. The review details the capabilities of this 16 megapixels Micro Four-Thirds camera and shows that it is one of the most feature-rich mirrorless on the market. As always, great attention is paid to usability and a gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities accompanies the review. Read on to find out more.

Neocamera Nikon 1 AW1 ReviewThe Nikon 1 AW1 is the world’s first and only waterproof interchangeable lens camera. Not only can it be taken down to a depth of 15 meters, it is also shockproof to drops of 2 meters, unlike any other system camera. Its rugged protection does not end there, being freezeproof to -10C.

This mirrorless has a moderately large 14 megapixel sensor with 2.7X crop-factor which is bound to perform better than all other waterproof cameras which use tiny sensors. Its completely electronic-shutter offers extreme speed with up to 60 FPS and 1/16000s shutter-speeds.

A comprehensive and detailed review of the Nikon 1 AW1 at Neocamera explains how this unique camera is built, how it handles and performs. As always, a gallery of full-resolution images taken at every ISO is included with the review.

Nikon Reviews:
Nikon 1 AW1 Review at ePHOTOzine – World’s first waterproof, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera.
Nikon Coolpix L620 Review here – 14x optical zoom lens compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7800 Review here – serious compact camera with bright 7.1x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder.
Nikon Coolpix S02 Review here – ultra compact with full hd video recording.
Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review here – compact with 12x optical zoom lens, and a tilting vari-angle screen.

Nikon Announcements:
Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5300 Digital SLR, with 24 megapixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.2inch vari-angle screen, 5fps continuous shooting, full HD video recording. Details here. Nikon has also announced a new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 premium lens.

Sony Alpha a3000

The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the cheapest Digital SLR style cameras available, it looks like a Digital SLR, but it’s a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder, and takes Sony NEX E-Mount lenses, of which there are a large number available. Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about it:

“The Sony Alpha 3000 has a number of advanced features that you wouldn’t expect with such an entry level product including Focus peaking, AF fine tuning, an info-lithium battery that keeps you informed as to exactly how much life is left, and full HD video with stereo sound.”

Sony Alpha 3000 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, AmateurPhotographer, WhatDigitalCamera.

Fujifilm X-A1 Black

ePHOTOzine has published full size ISO and White balance test / sample photos from the new Fujifilm X-A1, Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera, it is also the most affordable X-mount mirrorless camera yet, available for around £499 with 16-50mm OIS lens.

The Fujifilm X-A1 features a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 5.6fps continuous shooting, a tilting 3inch screen, manual controls, full HD video with stereo sound, and uses a lithium ion rechargeable battery.

Read Fujifilm X-A1 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG.

Samsung Galaxy NX

If you ever watched Flight of the Concords and wanted to stick together your mobile phone and digital camera, then the Samsung Galaxy NX might be for you, it’s got a large 4.77inch touch screen on the back, runs the latest version of Android, and on the front features the Samsung NX mount, with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor inside. It’s also £1299 with 18-55mm lens, for the same price you could buy the Samsung NX20 (£470 with Wi-Fi), and a Samsung Galaxy S4 sim free (£438, with larger screen, and the ability to make phone calls), and you’d have around £391 left over… which you could spend on some lenses, a second mobile phone, an ipad mini, a laptop, hell, a whole host of things… anyway, I digress. Here’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung Galaxy NX (I’ve converted them all to % for ease of scoring comparisons):

WhatDigitalCamera – 86%
PCPro – 83% (5 out of 6!)
AmateurPhotographer – 82%
Pocket-Lint – 80% (4 stars)
T3 – 80% (4 stars)
ePHOTOzine 70% (3.5/5)
PhotographyBLOG 70% (3.5/5)
TrustedReviews – 70% (7/10)
Tech-Radar – 50% (2.5/5)