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Most popular cameras: 2014 models
We tested many cameras, searched through the available reviews, and contacted several manufacturers to bring you the most popular cameras of 2013 and 2014. As we researched and tried the newest and latest cameras on the market, our final choice came down to two cameras in separate categories. The first was the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. The other the Nikon 1 J1 point and shoot. Since we could only chose one – the Panasonic was our top choice.
Panasonic’s DMC-G3 is a great travel camera that boasts a 16 megapixel mirror-less compact system with 11 interchangeable lenses, including one for 3-D. It is about 65% the weight of a traditional DSLR and offers four frames per second, with full frame resolution, and easy to set shutter speed. With its external Mode dial for quick access or its touch screen display makes the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 extremely versatile. The Light Speed AF system, with its 0.01 second shutter speed makes it one of the fastest auto focus cameras on the market. When you take all this into consideration, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 was our pick (so far this year). Also, with a starting price of $699 it is a very affordable travel camera.
Recent Camera News
After the surprising announcement that some of the action scenes in “Captain America: The First Avenger” were shot with the Canon 5D Mark II camera, Canon introduced their newest EOS Cinema System the C300. This is Canons first fully cinematic 35mm camera. The system employs Canons EOS technology and will be available in two mounts, the EF and the PL. However, this system is not for your average hover video maker since it is a little pricey – starting at $20,000.
The C300 EOS Cinema System, with EF mount is scheduled to be release in January 2012 followed in March with the PL mount. Canon in a recent statement said, “Canon’s new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital video camcorder and digital SLR camera product categories.”
The C300 will use a 8.29 megapixel CMOS sensor with a full 1920X1080 HD viewing range. It will debut with four zoom lenses “covering a wide zoom range from 14.5 mm to 300 mm,” Canon announced. “As a leading company in digital imaging, Canon’s debut in the film and TV production industry provides a tremendous opportunity to enter into a thriving market,” said Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO, Canon Inc. “Reflecting upon the achievements that Canon EOS Digital SLRs have had in the industry thus far, we are confident the new Cinema EOS series products will bring that success to a whole new level.”
What type of camera is best for you?
Point and Shoot cameras are very good for the traveling buff or as a backup camera for a professional. They are simple, easy to use cameras that come in a wide range of megapixels and zoom options. Some point and shoot cameras have ultra zoom options up to 24x. The downsides to point and shoot cameras are that they are very slow to frame your picture, typically offer no exchangeable lenses, and are hard to operate given just two or three ISOs.
DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex). This type of camera offers the highest level of control with the most versatility. The DSLR is used by both professionals and amateurs. The ability to change lenses and capture a “what you see is what you get” image at all times has made the SLR a best buy option in cameras for more than forty years. The downside to DSLR cameras is the weight and cost. A basic “body only” camera starts around $400 and increases to more than $20,000. In addition, there is the cost of lenses. These cameras can become very expensive very quickly.
Compact interchangeable lens camera. This new breed of cameras take the compact and light weight style of the point and shoot camera and combines it with the flexibility of the DSLR. Many of these cameras have ten or more interchangeable lenses. Their compactness and lightweight construction makes them great for travel or snapping some pictures at your family reunion. Some, like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 have exterior and LCD touch screen capabilities.
Want to know about new cameras coming available next year? Our best camera reviews for 2015 will be here soon so check back for updates regularly.