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Looking at the Christmas and Boxing Day sales on digital cameras, you tend to get a view of what is “old” and due to be replaced, based on what cameras are seeing the biggest discounts. For example, the Panasonic Lumix G3 is for sale at Argos (in the UK) for £235 with lens – a bargain for a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera – but you can easily see why, it’s been superseded by the Panasonic Lumix G5 and then the G6.

So for old cameras that have been replaced by newer models, it’s obvious why the price is so low… and it means you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind the older technology. But what about “current” cameras or old cameras that haven’t yet been replaced by a newer model… Here we’re talking about these cameras:

Canon EOS 1100D DSLR

The Canon EOS 1100D – there is no newer model to this, and it’s still available new, yet has been available for at least 2 and a half years – some places are selling it for £245 with lens (Amazon) – others for £160 with lens (Tesco in-store clearance). So next year, will we see a Canon EOS 1200D (or a new model altogether)?

The Nikon 1 S1 – only been out for about a year, yet Tesco are selling it for £149 with lens. It’s either due a replacement (the Nikon 1 S2?) or will be completely discontinued.

Fujifilm XPro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is another camera that has been widely reduced, and even offered with a free lens, meaning a replacement is likely (the X-Pro2?) and many rumor sites have suggested this is likely.

Sony Alpha a3000

Other cameras that have seen big reductions include the Sony Alpha A3000 – reduced from £299 to £199 – which would suggest that it is being replaced – yet it has only been available for a few months? Would they really replace the camera so soon? (Perhaps with a Sony Alpha A3100 or A3000N?) Many reviews have complained about the poor screen, and poor EVF, if both the screen and EVF are poor, then it can’t be a very nice camera to use… however if they released a newer model with a better screen and/or EVF at least you’d be happy with at least one of them. Others: The Samsung Galaxy Camera, now £199, it was £399 when new… so Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera anyone?

Either way you’d be wise to bare this in mind when shopping for a digital camera in the “sales” – most likely it’s due to a newer model either being available, or coming soon, but if the price is right and it takes good photos, then does it really matter?

Ed note: Guest post from a reader who wished to remain anonymous.

A roundup of digital cameras announced recently, along with links for more information, previews, reviews, sample photos and more:

Sony Alpha a3000

Sony:
Sony Alpha 3000 – 20mp APS-C DSLR shaped camera with Sony E-Mount, shown above, Preview
Sony NEX-5T – Wi-Fi, NFC Mirrorless camera, Preview

Canon:
Canon EOS 70D – 20.2 megapixel APS-C DSLR, new AF, 7fps, see Canon UK, there is also a review with sample photos at Cameralabs.
Canon Powershot S120 – 12.1 megapixel High Speed (HS) CMOS sensor, 5x zoom compact, f/1.8, more details.
Canon Powershot G16 – 12.1 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, f/1.8, Preview
Canon Powershot SX510 – 30x optical zoom, 12 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, compact ultra zoom, more details.
Canon Powershot SX170 – 16x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, Almost pocketable pocket zoom

Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S6600 – 16mp, 12x zoom, tilting / swivelling screen, details. This one looks pretty cool, and it’s been a while since a compact camera has had a tilting / swivelling screen like this.
Nikon Coolpix L620 – 14x optical zoom, 18mp, full HD video, AA batteries.

Casio: (Japan, Europe only?)
Casio Exilim ZR800, 18x optical zoom, details.

GE:
GE Cameras no longer for sale in the UK according to ePHOTOzine.

Here is a roundup of some of the latest reviews of cameras, including the new Sony Cybershot HS50 – the 30x optical zoom pocket / travel zoom with built in Wi-Fi, and 20 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.

Travel / Pocket Zoom: compact with lots of zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 Review – 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, Manual, Hot-shoe

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Camera:
Nikon Coolpix L820 Review – 30x optical zoom, AA
Nikon Coolpix L320 Review– 26x optical zoom, AA

Digital SLR:
Sony Alpha A58 DSLT Review – 20 mp entry level DSLR
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Review – 18mp touch screen

Mirrorless: compact interchangeable lens cameras
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview – 16mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Samsung NX300 Review – 20mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review –  16mp compact, touchscreen
Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review – 16mp DSLR styling

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review – Waterproof, GPS, Wi-Fi
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Review – Waterproof
Pentax WG-3 GPS Review – Waterproof, GPS
Canon IXUS 255 HS Review – 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Fujifilm X20 Review – 4x zoom, premium compact

Camera Phone:
HTC One UltraPixel Review – 4mp, OIS, f/2 lens, 4.7inch screen

Here’s a roundup of reviews and previews from around the web:

Mirrorless:

Nikon 1 V2 at NeoCamera – top of the range mirrorless from Nikon
Nikon 1 J3 at NeoCamera – mid-range mirrorless from Nikon

DSLR:

Canon EOS 6D DSLR Review at Cameralabs, 20mp full frame sensor, ePHOTOzine, etc
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview – 18mp APS-C sensor
Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview – 18mp APS-C sensor
Canon EOS 100D Vs 700D Comparison – shown side by size, little and large

Compact:

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Hands-On Preview – Waterproof, 5x zoom
Nikon Coolpix P330 Review – 12mp, 5x zoom, manual controls RAW etc at ePHOTOzine
Nikon Coolpix L28 Review – 20mp, compact, budget, at ePHOTOzine
Nikon Coolpix S5200 Review – 16mp, Wi-Fi, 6x zoom
Nikon Coolpix A Review – 16mp APS-C, wide-angle lens, at Photography BLOG
Sigma DP3 Merrill 50mm f/2.8 APS-C Foveon sensor at Photography BLOG
Canon Powershot SX270 SX280 HS Preview – 20x zoom, 12mp
Canon IXUS 140 Review – Wi-Fi, 8x optical zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 Review – 20x zoom, 18mp, Wi-Fi

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest digital cameras to be announced in the last week or so…

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Rugged Camera – 5x zoom, Waterproof, Tough
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Ultra-Zoom Bridge Camera – 44x ultra-zoom with Wi-Fi
Olympus VH-520 Compact – 10x zoom, designed to be good in low-light, but affordable, RRP £129
Canon PowerShot SX270 SX280 Travel-Zooms – 20x optical zoom, GPS and Wi-Fi on SX280
Canon EOS 700D DSLR Announced – 18mp, Update to the Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 100D DSLR Announced – 18mp, New “baby” Digital SLR, World’s smallest DSLR
Samsung Galaxy S4 with 13 megapixel camera – no zoom, latest Samsung Android phone
Minox DCC 14.0 Classic Camera Announced – 14mp, no zoom, retro miniature compact camera

Ultra Zoom / Bridge:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Review – 50x optical zoom lens

Compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Review – budget, 6x optical
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Review – 12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Photos – 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens (75mm equivalent), Foveon sensor
Pentax MX-1 Review – Serious compact with manual controls

Waterproof:
Panasonic Lumix FT5 Review – Tough compact

Mobile Phone:
Sony Xperia Z Preview – 13 megapixel waterproof smartphone.

Mirrorless:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – Compact mirrorless, with high speed shooting.

DSLR:
Nikon D7100 Sample Photos – 24 megapixel APS-C sensor camera
Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D Comparison Review – Full frame Digital SLR cameras compared
Canon 5D, Mark 2, Mark 3 DSLR Comparison Review – full-frame cameras compared
Hasselblad H5D-50 Medium Format Digital SLR  Preview – 50 megapixel DSLR

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix S3200 Review, budget 16mp, 6x zoom compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7700, serious compact with 7x zoom
Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Review, full-frame 24mp sensor, compact camera.
Canon Powershot D20, Waterproof Compact

Ultra-Zoom:
Canon Powershot SX50 HS, 50x optical zoom ultra zoom

Digital SLR:
Nikon D800, full-frame 36.3mp DSLR
Pentax K-5 II DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR.
Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR, without the AA filter.

Mirrorless:
Fujifilm X-E1, mirrorless, 16mp, X-Mount
Sony NEX-5R Review, compact 16mp mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Review, 18mp APS-C sensor mirrorless.

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.

Canon EOS 6D
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the full frame Canon EOS 6D – it’s Canon’s cheapest new full-frame camera, and features a 20.2 megapixel sensor, 4.5fps continuous shooting, 3inch screen, HDR shooting, and full HD video. Here’s what they had to say:

“For anyone looking to upgrade from an earlier Canon camera, the Canon EOS 6D delivers some of the latest features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, built in HDR shooting, and reasonably quick continuous shooting at 4.5fps. The camera feels extremely well built, and pleasantly compact and light-weight for a full-frame Digital SLR, making it an enjoyable experience to use.”

Read more Canon EOS 6D Reviews.