These days, compact cameras are struggling against smartphones which have become people’s everyday cameras – always at hand. By the way, we cover our favorite smartphones in another guide.
Compacts cameras are starting to loose their appeal, to such an extent that manufacturers of these types of cameras are constantly offering ever larger sensors in order to compete with reflex cameras. These professional compact cameras are perhaps the right answer to competing with smartphones since they easily fit in your pocket. They are often the ideal secondary camera for highly mobile reflex camera owners. And if you have no need for the other features of a very expensive smartphone, a conventional compact camera might be right for you.
The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 superzoom covers all scenes, from expansive landscapes to exotic wildlife and family portraits. It combines ease of use with a style inspired by SLR features. It fits comfortably in your hand and offers the performance of cameras much larger in a compact body and a lens fixed with endless creative possibilities.
It features a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens and a 50x optical zoom range – equivalent in 35mm to 24-1,200mm format. The digital zoom makes the maximum magnification of 100x.
The SteadyShot optical stabilization system reduces blur without when pictures are taken without a tripod, while Active Smart Mode keeps Full HD videos equally sharp and free of blur using Sony’s unique frame analysis technology.
The Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers effective 20.4 megapixel resolution and the camera also features the BIONZ X image processor. This makes it possible to get clear, low-noise images as well as impeccable Full HD video streams With the camera in hand and indoors.
The Cyber-shot HX350 is easy to use and full of serious capture options. It has a manual ring for evenly adjusting the zoom / focus, plus a very accessible mode dial and a customizable button to quickly change preferred settings. It also has full P / A / S / M controls and a 24p capture mode that offers sequences with a truly cinematic style.
When it comes to framing, the choice is the user. It’s possible to look through the high-contrast electronic viewfinder of the camera or switch to the 7.5 cm articulated LCD (type 3.0) with 921,000 resolution points.
Another extra is Motion Shot Video, which maps your golf swing as a series of superimposed images of a fraction of a second.
It is clear that the wheel cannot stop spinning. We haven’t even finished digesting the new products presented at Photokina and manufacturers are back already with a new set of releases. Soon there won’t be any gaps in the calendar to avoid overlapping each other’s releases. Not content with just announcing the new and impressive Sony A6500, the Japanese giant renews its range of Cyber-Shot compacts with the new Sony RX100 V.
Sony RX100 V: speed above all
One of the biggest differences when using a compact camera compared to higher performance equipment, was the sluggishness of its AF system and shutter… until now. Sony announces its new Sony RX100 V as the fastest compact in the world. It is true that in recent years there have been many good steps in improving this critical part of compact cameras but the figures we handle according to official information released by Sony are certainly outstanding.
New hybrid AF system
For the first time a camera from the RX series carries a fast hybrid AF system. It combines phase detection and contrast systems and achieves, thanks to its 315 AF points in its sensor (the highest AF points count in a sensor in a compact in the world), the greatest speed of AF achieved to date in a compact: 0.05 seconds (under equipment test conditions). The 315 AF points cover 65% of the frame which allows excellent tracking of moving objects, making this camera stand out in areas so far banned for compacts, such as sports or wildlife photography.
Canon starts 2016 with new products and today has announced the launch of the new range of PowerShot and IXUS compact cameras, video cameras from LEGRIA series and SELPHY printer.
The new compact cameras from the PowerShot series are the PowerShot SX540 HS and SX420 IS. The first model is characterized by its good performance in low light. It features an 24mm ultra-wide angle lens with 50x optical zoom, DIGIC 6 processor and a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS is designed to frame and shoot with ease, so its use is very simple. Also, it lets you record full HD video in MP4 and integrates a 5-axis dynamic image stabilization (IS) system to ensure a quality image while moving.
The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS, meanwhile, integrates a 42x zoom lens, DIGIC 4+ processor and a 20-megapixel sensor. To facilitate handling, it provides the user a series of automatic functions and creative filters, including miniature effect or fisheye, among others.
It has a 7.5-cm LCD screen for viewing images you’ve captured, as well as Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to share content quickly and conveniently.
New IXUS compact cameras series
Another innovation the brand has introduced are three new models of Canon IXUS compact cameras series: IXUS 285 HS, IXUS 180 and IXUS 175. These devices are designed to go with you everywhere so you can capture the most important moments in a simple and fast way and with good quality.
Just when some said that Canon had started to lose ground to the competition…Well, after testing the new PowerShot G5X, we can assure you that the Japanese brand remains as one of the best when it comes to advanced compact cameras. This model is attractive, fits your hand perfectly and oozes quality on all four sides. And, according to the first tests, the picture quality does not disappoint as you can see in the sample photos that resulted from this first contact.
This small camera is notable for its impressive 20.2 megapixel Canon 24-100 mm optical lens, with f/1.8-2.9, 1 inch backlit CMOS sensor, a 5-axis stabilization system and a powerful DIGIC 6 processor. As if this were not enough, it is also provided with an excellent integrated OLED display of 2,360,000 pixels and 100% coverage with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second and a foldable LCD touchscreen of 3″ and 1,040,000 pixels.