The Best Cameras of CES 2012

There were plenty of interesting gadgets at CES 2012; not much in the way of consumer DSLRs, but nevertheless a slew of interesting cameras were shown. Mirrorless cameras are expanding in scope, and there seem to be a lot of X1/1X’s out there. Here’s our rundown of the best of the bunch.

Canon Powershot G1 X

Although many were waiting on Canon to produce mirrorless ILC  camera, they got a fixed lens update to the G series instead. But with one important distinction – a massively bigger sensor: 6x the size of the original G-series, bigger than the micro 4/3rd sensor, and nearly as big as an APS-C sensor. Otherwise, it’s pretty much carries on with the G-series tradition and its plethora of external controls. However, despite the larger sensor, it obtains DOF at telephoto no shallower than a compact Olympus XZ-1. However, we’re pretty sure that image quality and ISO performance will be outstanding, especially if these sample shots are anything to go by. Check the preview here.

Fujifilm X-Pro 1

While most of the mirrorless market is focusing on the mass market, Fujifilm is going after a different segment; the X-Pro 1 is arguably the first mirrorless camera aimed at the working professional. After the success of the X100, you know they’ve got something special up their sleeve. With a new 16mp sensor, a hybrid viewfinder, plenty of analog dials, and 3 large aperture prime lenses for the new mount, the X-Pro 1 looks like a force to be reckoned with, but carrying a hefty price tag at around $1700 for the body alone. We think this bodes well for mirrorless cameras making an entry into the pro market, just waiting on a full frame besides the Leica M9. Click here for a preview.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1

This camera has been out for a while now but it was the star of the Panasonic photography booth. While everyone lamented the demise of the GF series, it made a resurrection in this new GX series. Panasonic is back in the prosumer market with this one, upping the resolution to 16mp, adding a few function buttons, touch screen, and a whopping 20fps (indicating one of the strengths of mirrorless systems vs conventional DSLRs). it’s a beautiful camera and will no doubt entice many an upgrade from GF1 users, DSLR shooters, and even new photographers at a palatable price taga fo $699 for the body. Click here for a preview.

Nikon D4

The Nikon D4, widely expected, was more or less a direct answer to Canon’s first announced 1DX. On the It’s the first camera ever to use XQD cards, which might not even be taking off. Nevertheless, the camera packs an impressive punch with a new 16mp sensor (won’t be surprised if it is the new ISO king surpassing the D3s), a new metering sensor, does 10/11fps, and has a vastly improved video mode over the D3s (indeed Nikon calls this a “multimedia” camera). We’re just waiting to see what Nikon does with the D800. Click here for a preview.

Canon EOS-1D X

Canon’s flagship tank has undergone a major overhaul,condensing the 1D and 1Ds lines into one. The 1DX includes a reduction in pixels to a modest 18mp (we think that’s a good thing – ISO performance should be stellar). It can shoot at an astounding 14fps (12 with autofocus), has dual Digic 5 processors, 2 CF card slots instead of one CF + one SD, and a new bracketing +  HDR processing option. Overall, incremental upgrades but adding up to one very enticing package. We’d sure love to have one, and are anxiously awaiting the 5D3. Click here for a preview.

 

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