The 10 Most Important Cameras Of 2012

The 10 Most Important Cameras Of 2012

This was a banner year for photo gear. We saw some of the most-anticipated camera refreshes in years (a new 5D, finally!) not to mention some groundbreaking technologies (that weird little Lytro!). Here’s a rundown of the year’s 10 hottest cameras.

10. Panasonic Lumix LX7 Review: A Lovely Point-and-Shoot For Control Freaks

Anyone in the market for a top point-and-shoot camera is probably deciding between Canon’s S100 and Sony’s RX100. But Panasonic is back in the game with the Lumix LX7, a sequel to one of the top shooters of 2010, the wildly popular LX5. Does Panasonic’s latest have what it takes to beat these pocket titans? [More]

9. Canon S110 Review: The Best Camera You Can Fit in Your Pocket

The Canon S110 is the most refined little pocket camera Canon has ever made. The core design of the S110 remains unchanged from previous iterations. But with a little streamlining and some key new features, it’s inched one step closer to perfection. Are you looking for the highest quality possible in a small point-and-shoot? Check out your new camera. [More]

8. FujiFilm X-Pro1 Review: Serious Style, Serious Price (Updated)

Mirrorless cameras are generally geared toward the enthusiast or semi-pro consumer. Some companies, like Canon with its new EOS M offering, are seeking to cater to a broader market in features and styling. [More]

7. GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition Review: Yes, It’s the Best (Updated)

Yes, it’s action cam season. Sony’s entered the market, Contour has updated its line with the Contour+2. But what about the latest from the brand that’s come to define the category — the Kleenex of action cams, if you will? [More]

6. Olympus OM-D E-M5: The First Micro Four Thirds Camera Aimed at Replacing a DSLR

Olympus and Panasonic had an uphill battle in front of them with their micro four thirds system. Other brands were using larger sensors that simply performed better. But when Olympus revealed the OM-D EM-5, people fell in love not only with the vintage style, but with the crisp image quality and best autofocus around. [More]

5. Sony NEX-5R Review: A Great Camera with a Few Missing Pieces

Over the last year, Sony’s NEX cameras have been our favourite of the compact, mirrorless lot. They just handle so well. And on a small camera with big DSLR flexibility, the way you hold, adjust, and operate it makes a huge difference. [More]

4. Lytro Light Field Camera: This Is What New Feels Like

It isn’t very often we encounter technology that is really, truly new. PCs, mobile phones, the Internet, multitouch. Those all changed our world when they were first introduced. Not to overstate it, but Lytro may well be the latest member of that clique. The selling point is simple: you no longer have to worry about getting a shot in focus, because any part of the photo can be brought into focus after the fact. Magic. [More]

3. Sony RX100 Review: This Camera Singlehandedly Makes Point-and-Shoots Relevant Again

Turns out, this camera is a significant achievement for Sony. In fact, it makes you remember that Sony is still capable of making some amazing things. [More]

2. Nikon D800 Review: A Major HD Upgrade, But Is It the Best DSLR For the Money?

The Nikon D700 was the last great pre-video DSLR. It was an excellent and very boring camera. Nikon’s newest, a $US3,000 body called the D800, introduces two major features: HD video and a 36-megapixel sensor. [More]

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review: The Best DSLR for Shooting Video

It’s been nearly four years since Canon released the EOS 5D Mark II, the camera that turned digital still cameras into affordable workhorses for videographers and indie filmmakers. And this next evolution was definitely created with those filmmakers in mind. [More]