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Here is a run down of the best digital cameras of 2012, based on reviews from around the web, starting with the…

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black
Olympus OM-D E-M5 – this retro styled mirrorless camera has been awarded “Camera of the Year 2012” by: TOP, Photography BLOG, DPReview (User voting), ePHOTOzine (innovative camera of the year), Gizmodo.com (AU), PhotographyReview.com, PCWorld , SansMirror (Serious Mirrorless of the Year). We liked it so much, we bought one, as did many other people.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR
Canon EOS 5D Mark III – The Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera of the year 2012, according to PopPhoto, PhotoFocus.

Canon EOS 1D X – full-frame professional Digital SLR, DigitalCameraInfo.

Sony Cyber-shot RX1 – full-frame compact camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, SteveHuffPhoto (followed by the Olympus OM-D E-M5).

Nikon D800 Front
Nikon D800 – the 36.3 megapixel full-frame Digital SLR gives image quality and resolution similar to medium format digital cameras roughly 3-4 times the price, LL, TrustedReviews (10/10), Pocket-Lint, ePHOTOzine (Best DSLR, along with D800E) for more have a look at our round-up of the Best Digital Cameras by Type.

Here’s a round-up of some of the latest digital camera reviews:

Sony Cybershot RX100

Serious Compact:
Sony Cybershot RX100 – 20.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Digital SLR:
Pentax K-30 – 16 megapixel weather proof DSLR

Mirrorless / Compact System Camera:
Samsung NX1000 – with WiFi

Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20 – 5x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix FT4 – 4.6x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 – 5x optical zoom with WiFi

Pocket zoom:
BenQ GH200 – 12.5x optical zoom, £105.
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x optical zoom

Ultra zoom:
Olympus SP-720UZ – 26x optical zoom lens

Compact:
Panasonic Lumix FS45 – 5x with f/2.5 bright lens
Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR – 5x compact with WiFi

Budget:
Nikon Coolpix S2600 – 5x zoom lens, only £69

disney-mickey-mouse-camera-updated
If you’ve been looking to buy your child a digital camera for Christmas or as a birthday present, or simply to get them started in the world of photography, then you’d be forgiven for thinking a kids digital camera would be a good idea. Here we’ll have a look at whats on offer, and offer some helpful advise along the way.

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BenQ AE100
BenQ has announced an updated range of 6 new digital cameras, including the BenQ AE100, shown above, and a number of other digital cameras, including a 21x optical zoom lens ultra zoom available with a Sony 16 megapixel CCD sensor in the GH600, or a Sony 16 megapixel Backlit CMOS sensor in the GH700. The rest of the range features 14 megapixel Panasonic CCD sensors. It would be interesting if they told us who made all the other components in the cameras 😉

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VTech Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera
Not only can you get toy cameras for kids, such as the Buzz Lightyear Digital Camera, which we had a look at here, but you can also get “toy cameras” for adults too. ePHOTOzine had a look at a variety of cameras, including an Introduction to Toy Cameras, the original “digital Lomo”, the VistaQuest VQ1015 Entry, the Necono Cat Camera, the world’s only tilt shift compact camera, the NeinGrenze 5000T, the Pocket Square keychain camera, and the Superheadz Harinezumi 2+++.

Kodak's Digital Camera
Many people may not know this, but the world’s first digital camera was invented in 1975, by Kodak, and recorded images onto cassette tape. The camera had a 100 line black and white CCD sensor, and images could be played back (via a “Microcomputer”) and viewed on a TV screen. More information can be found on retrothing.com, and on the Kodak blog:

“In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it. “It” being a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera. It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder.”

Kodak Digital Camera Tape

“Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.” Images from Twitter/KodakCB.