Best Digital Cameras 2012

eisa-tipa winnersGetting a hard time of choosing which digital camera to buy?

Take a look at these updated award winning digital cameras for the year 2012 chosen by TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) and EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association )


TIPA Awards 2012

Best Video Digital SLR: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

canon-eos-5d-mark-III Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The EOS 5D Mark III features 61-point high density wide-area AutoFocus system enables you to get sharper photos with more precise detail. Some Other improvements over its predecessor are th continuous shooting which now is up to 6.0 fps recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst, 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor, the ability to record digital stereo sound at 48KHz with manual control over audio level, a standard 3.5mm mic socket enables the use of third-party microphones and also improve the ISO sensitivity which now is range from 100–25,600 extendable to ISO 102,400 (2 Stops better).

See Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Digital SLR Professional: Canon EOS-1D X

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS-1D X is a 18.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera. It comes with variety of interesting features to capture outstanding pictures such as Up to 12fps plus 14fps High speed mode, High ISO sensitivity of 100-51200 – up to H:204800, 61 point AF system, 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering, Full HD 1080p EOS movie recording, and has a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor. The camera measures (W x H x D) 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in. (158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm) and weight: TBA.

See Canon EOS-1D X Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon PowerShot G1 X is a 14.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom Lens. It features include 28mm Ultra Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabalizer, HS SYSTEM, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Full 1080p HD Video recording with Stereo Sound including 14-bit RAW + JPEG format, and has a 3.0-inch Vari-angle PureColor System LCD with 922.000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles. The camera measures(W x H x D) 4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55 in. (116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm) and weight Approx. 19.0 oz. / 534g (Including the battery and memory card). This camera is available with price of $599.99 at Amazon store.

See Canon PowerShot G1 X Roundup & Sample Photos

Best CSC Professional: Fujifilm X-Pro1

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor. The camera features FUJINON Interchangeable “XF LENS” and Original “X Mount”, 2nd Generation Hybrid Viewfinder, Focal Plane Shutter and has a 3.0-inch LCD including Focal Length Changeable Hybrid OVF. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has measures (W x H x D) 139.5 x 81.8 x 42.5 mm (5.5 x 3.2 x 1.7 in.) and weight Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card).

See Fujifilm X-Pro1 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Superzoom Camera: Fujifilm X-S1

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Fujifilm X-S1 is a 12-megapixels EXR CMOS Digital Camera with Fujinon F2.8 to F5.6 Telephoto Lens and Ultra-Smooth 26x Manual Zoom (24-624mm). It features Full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, High Speed Response, High ISO Sensitivity of 100-3200, Raw + JPEG shooting and a 3.0-inch Tilt LCD screen with Sunlight mode. The Fujifilm X-S1 has measures (W x H x D) 135 x 107 x 149mm / 5.3 x 4.2 x 5.9in. and weight Approx. 945 g / 33.3 oz. (including battery and memory card).

See Fujifilm X-S1 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Digital SLR Entry Level: Nikon D5100

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D5100 is a 16.2 MP CMOS DSLR camera features EXPEED2 image processing engine, ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV, 11-point AF system, High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fps*, Special Effects mode, Full HD 1080p movie capability and a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0″ tilt/swivel LCD. The camera measures 128 X 97 X 79 mm and weighs 560 g with battery and memory card but without body cap. The Nikon D5100 available at Amazon with price of $476.95.

See Nikon D5100 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Digital SLR Expert: Nikon D800

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D800 is a 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera. It comes with incredible features to capture outstanding images like a 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter, Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode, Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control, including View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal. The camera measures 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. and weight Approx. 31.7 oz. (900g) camera body only.

See Nikon D800 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best CSC Entry Level: Olympus PEN E-PL3

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Olympus PEN E-PL3 is a new compact camera which has a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS images sensor which is created to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting situation. It also has features Full 1080i HD video recording, High sensitivity ISO up to 12800, new TruePic VI Image Processor, NEW 3D SHOOTING, and comes with a 3-inch tilt LCD monitor with high resolution up to 460.000 dots for easy viewing your images and movies. The camera measures (W x H x D) 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm with weight Approx. 313 g (including battery and memory card).

See Olympus PEN E-PL3 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best CSC Advanced: Panasonic LUMIX GX1

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a 16.0-megapixel Live MOS Sensor Compact System Camera with Advanced Noise Reduction System. It also comes with variety of interesting features like Built-in Flash, Hotshoe, and Traditional Mode Dial including Lumix LightSpeed Focusing system and PinPoint Focusing Control. Besides it, the camera also allows users to record a Full HD Video 1080/60i in AVCHD/MP8 format file. The camera measures (W x H x D) 116.3 x 67.8 x 39.4 mm / 4.58 x 2.67 x 1.55 inch and weight Approx. 318g / 11.22 oz (SD card, Battery, Body). Save up to $380.99 (54%) and get this camera only $319.00 at Amazon store.

See Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Rugged Compact Camera: PENTAX Optio WG-2

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Pentax Optio WG-2 is a 16.0-Megapixels 1/2.3″ CMOS Image Sensor Digital Camera with waterproof, shockproof, coldproof, dustproof, crushproof ability. It features 3.0-inch Widescreen LCD, 28-140mm Pentax Zoom Lens, 5x Optical Zoom / 36x Combined Zoom, 1080p HD Video recording, SD/SDHC/SDXC Storage, Built-In Flash, and Manual Focus Option. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.4 x 1.2″ / 12.19 x 6.10 x 3.05 cm and weight 0.43 lb / 0.20 kg with battery and memory card.

See Pentax Optio WG-2 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best CSC Expert: Sony Alpha NEX-7

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera that produces images with superb detail and amazing enlargements. It comes with variety of interesting features such as up to 10 fps shooting, AVCHD 1080/60p/60i/24p HD movies, APS-C size HD image sensor, Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, E-mount 18-55mm lens and more. The camera measurement Approx. 4-3/4 × 2-3/4 × 1-11/16″ (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.8mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions and weight Approx. 10.3 oz (291g) (excl battery & media). Save up to $201.00 (15%) and get this camera only $1,148.00 at Amazon store.

See Sony Alpha NEX-7 Roundup & Sample Photos

Best Digital SLR Advanced: Sony Alpha SLT-A65

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Alpha SLT-A65 is a 24.3 MP Translucent Mirror Digital SLR With 18-55mm Lens that lets users capture images with superb detail and amazing enlargements. It comes with features like 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Technology, Ultra-fast up to 10 fps continuous shooting with Auto Focus, World’s first OLED viewfinder, World’s first HD Movie mode with AVCHD 60p/60i/24p and more. The camera measures (W x H x D) Approx. 5-1/4 × 3-7/8 × 3-1/4″ (132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7mm) and weight Approx. 1 lb 3.1 oz (543g) (excl battery, lens & media). Save up to $201.99 (22%) and get this camera body only for $698.00 at Amazon online store.

See Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Roundup & Sample Photos

EISA Awards 2012-2013

EUROPEAN ADVANCED SLR CAMERA 2012-2013: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

canon-eos-5d-mark-III Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The EOS 5D Mark III features 61-point high density wide-area AutoFocus system enables you to get sharper photos with more precise detail. Some Other improvements over its predecessor are th continuous shooting which now is up to 6.0 fps recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst, 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor, the ability to record digital stereo sound at 48KHz with manual control over audio level, a standard 3.5mm mic socket enables the use of third-party microphones and also improve the ISO sensitivity which now is range from 100–25,600 extendable to ISO 102,400 (2 Stops better).

See Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN COMPACT CAMERA 2012-2013: Canon PowerShot G1 X

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Canon PowerShot G1 X is a 14.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom Lens. It features include 28mm Ultra Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabalizer, HS SYSTEM, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Full 1080p HD Video recording with Stereo Sound including 14-bit RAW + JPEG format, and has a 3.0-inch Vari-angle PureColor System LCD with 922.000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles. The camera measures(W x H x D) 4.60 x 3.17 x 2.55 in. (116.7 x 80.5 x 64.7mm) and weight Approx. 19.0 oz. / 534g (Including the battery and memory card). This camera is available with price of $599.99 at Amazon store.

See Canon PowerShot G1 X Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL CSC 2012-2013: Fujifilm X-Pro1

fujifilm-x-pro1
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor. The camera features FUJINON Interchangeable “XF LENS” and Original “X Mount”, 2nd Generation Hybrid Viewfinder, Focal Plane Shutter and has a 3.0-inch LCD including Focal Length Changeable Hybrid OVF. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has measures (W x H x D) 139.5 x 81.8 x 42.5 mm (5.5 x 3.2 x 1.7 in.) and weight Approx. 450 g / 15.9 oz. (including battery and memory card).

See Fujifilm X-Pro1 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL CAMERA 2012-2013: Nikon D4

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Nikon D4 is a 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video. It comes with a 91,000-Pixel RGB sensor, improved 51 point AF System, High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 11 fps* in FX format, Advanced Scene Recognition System, High ISO sensitivity up to 50-204,800, and a wide-viewing angle 3.2-inch TFT LCD monitor with resolution up to 921k-dot. The camera measures (W x H x D) Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in. and weight Approx. 1,340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory card.

See Nikon D4 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN CAMERA 2012-2013: Nikon D800

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D800 is a 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera. It comes with incredible features to capture outstanding images like a 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter, Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode, Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control, including View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal. The camera measures 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. and weight Approx. 31.7 oz. (900g) camera body only.

See Nikon D800 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2012-2013: Olympus OM-D E-M5

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 16 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 12-50mm Lens. It features 9 FPS High-Speed Sequential Shooting, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, LCD electronic viewfinder, Latest TruePic VI image processor, Improved C-AF autofocus with 3D tracking, and Flash sync speed up to 1/250th sec. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.8 inch x 3.5 inch x 1.7 inch and weight Approx. 15 ounces (CIPA guideline compliant, with BLN-1 battery and Memory card). According to dpreview the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the winner of the Best Camera of 2012. It available at Amazon with price of $1,199.00.

See Olympus OM-D E-M5 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN ALL WEATHER CAMERA 2012-2013: Olympus TOUGH TG-1

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom. It features Full HD Video recording with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS, 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens, iHS Technology, GPS & eCompass. The camera also has unmatched rugged durability of Crushproof 220 lbf, Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F) and has a 3.0-Inch screen with 610k OLED. It measures (W x H x D) 100.2mm x 64.5mm x 26.0mm and weight 221g.

See Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN ADVANCED CSC 2012-2013: Samsung NX20

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Samsung NX20 is a new 20.3 Megapixel Compact System Camera with 1/8000 fast shutter and Built-in WiFi. It features Full HD movie recording, Clear AMOLED Swivel Display, Wide Range ISO of 12,800 and an i-Function 2.0 for easy to adjust key camera settings. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.8″ x 3.53″ x 1.56″ and weight 0.75 lbs. body only. Save up to $380.00 (35%) and get this camera only $719.00 at Amazon.

See Samsung NX20 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN TRAVEL CAMERA 2012-2013: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom. It features High speed AF, Full HD 1080/60p video recording with dual record, GPS and Compass functionality, 10fps, 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode, and has a 3.0-inch LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.20 x 2.44 x 1.36″ / 106.6 x 61.9 x 34.6 mm and weight 9.0 oz / 255 g with battery and card.

See Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT CAMERA 2012-2013: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x optical/7.2x Clear Image Digital Zoom. It features Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x zoom, P/A/S/M modes, JPEG and RAW image shooting, Full HD 1080/60p video recording with manual control, and a 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD display. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4 x 2.3 x 1.4″ / 10.2 x 5.9 x 3.6 cm and weight Approx. 8.5oz (240g) (Battery and Memory Stick Duo included). It sold with price of $648.00 at Amazon store.

See Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Roundup & Sample Photos

EUROPEAN SLR CAMERA 2012-2013: Sony α SLT-A57

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony SLT-A57 is a 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor DSLR camera with Translucent Mirror Technology, 3D Sweep Panorama and 18-55mm Zoom Lens. This camera also comes with variety of interesting features such as High-speed 12 fps continuous shooting, 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors, Full HD Movie recording at 60p (50p), High sensitivity (ISO 100-16000), Face Detection, Smile Shutter and Face Registration including a 3.0″ LCD TruBlack™ tilt/swivel screen. The camera measures (W x H x D) (132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7mm) excl grip & lens mount and weight Approx. 1lb 5.7 oz (618g) (w/battery & media). Save up to $201.99 (25%) and get this camera only $598.00 at Amazon online store.

See Sony SLT-A57 Roundup & Sample Photos


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