The Top 20 Best Compact System Cameras

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Compact System Cameras (CSC) have become more and more popular over the last couple of years due to the high quality images they produce coupled with the flexibility to swap lenses. Manufacturers have been falling over themselves to extend their ranges in this class of camera so there is no shortage of models to choose from. In this post we’re going to be looking at the top 20 most popular models as ranked by users on

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2KK

The GH2, launched back at Photokina 2010 is the replacement for the company’s GH1 and retains a position as one of the most flexible HD shooters in the stills/video crossover market.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK

Panasonics LUMIX DMC-GF3 realizes all the features you want from a bulky DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes this in an ultra compact point-and-shoot camera body about as wide and tall as a typical smart phone yet is lightweight and simple to master.


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Sony NEX-5N

The performance of a DSLR, in about half the size and weight. The NEX-5N is the interchangeable lens camera that fits in your pocket. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60p or 24p movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, incredible panorama shots, and 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD.


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Sony NEX-6L/B

The Sony Alpha NEX-6 16MP enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable lens camera builds on the features first seen on the NEX-5R, including Wi-Fi, in-camera apps and on-sensor phase detection. In addition it gains the high-resolution, 2.3M dot OLED viewfinder previously seen on the NEX-7, plus an external mode dial.


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Nikon 1 V1

Our review of the Nikon 1 V1 and the simpler J1. Nikon’s first foray into the mirrorless market has produced two point-and-shoot targeted small-sensor cameras, the V1 and the J1. The more expensive V1 offers an electronic viewfinder and higher-resolution screen, while the smaller J1 features built-in flash and significantly lower price tag.


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Nikon 1 J1

For your very mobile lifestyle comes a completely new imaging system with freedom to create and express as never before. Highly compact and portable, the Nikon 1 J1 goes everywhere you go. Moments from your amazing world are captured using a highly responsive autofocus and super fast shooting speed.


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Sony NEX-7

More than a pocket camera, the 24.3 megapixel NEX-7 exceeds expectations. Here’s performance that would give most DSLRs camera envy, including interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot OLED eye-level TTL viewfinder, up to 10fps shooting, and outstanding Tri-Navi 3-dial manual control. HD movies are superb with Full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60p, 60i and 24p.


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Olympus PEN E-PL1

The new Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts, with a surprisingly small camera body packed with technology normally found in bigger, bulkier and heavier professional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and High-Definition (HD) camcorders.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60K

With the dynamic 24x optical zoom you won’t miss your child’s expressions or your favorite athlete’s split-second scoring action, or even the far-away wild animal that is on the prowl. Why? Because the F5.2 wide aperture gives you stunning images and videos produced in a softly-focused background.


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Sony NEX-5RK/S

Shoot and upload DSLR-quality photos directly to Facebook®. With built-in Wi-Fi, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless possibilities or even control the camera from your smartphone.


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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-G3 offers the benefits of a DSLR interchangeable lens system camera with a point-and-shoot camera’s compactness, light weight and simplicity. This reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in mirror-free viewfinder technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K

As the long-awaited spiritual successor to the highly-regarded Lumix GF1, this enthusiast-oriented offering from Panasonic combines its 16MP sensor and latest touchscreen interface with a rangefinder-inspired design.


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Olympus E-PL5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

You love being creative. But you also demand superior image quality and uncompromising performance. The PEN E-PL5 is perfect. Shoot images with stunning detail and vivid color thanks to a powerful tandem of a sizeable 16 MP Live MOS Sensor and our TruePic VI™ image processing engine.


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Panasonic DMC-GF5KK

Hidden within the sophisticated profile of this next generation [Mirrorless] ultra-compact interchangeable lens camera is the heart of today’s powerful DSLR cameras. The LUMIX DMC-GF5 features higher image quality even in under low light shooting with high ISO settings.


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Canon EOS M

For those looking to capture superb quality Full HD video, the EOS M Digital Camera offers a number of advantages. Offering a large APS-C sized sensor, the camera is able to deliver shallow depth-of-field for achieving impressive cine-style results and the ability to capture clean, high-quality video, even under very low-light conditions.


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Olympus OM-D E-M5

The E-M5 is the first of Olympus’ OM-D range of Micro Four Thirds cameras and is styled to look like the its classic OM series SLRs.


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Fujifilm X-Pro 1

The X-Pro1 is, in many respects, the camera that many people hoped the X100 was foreshadowing: interchangeable lenses and a cutting-edge sensor combined in a classically-styled body and retaining the excellent hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder.


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Fujifilm X-E1

The compact X-E1 is engineered to deliver extraordinary image quality. It starts with FUJIFILM’s proprietary 16.3 APS-C X-Trans 2/3-Inch CMOS sensor whose unique pixel array is designed to deliver unsurpassed image resolution and color accuracy.


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The performance of a DSLR in about half the size and weight. With a new 180° tilt screen, the NEX-F3 makes taking self-portraits easy and intuitive. Enjoy gorgeous HD movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 5.5 fps, incredible panorama shots, and Live View on a 3.0-inch LCD.


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Pentax K-01

The new Pentax K-01 is another bold effort from the manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit. The contemporary, timeless K-01 houses a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function.


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  1. Videokamera

    June 1, 2013 6:38 am

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