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Don't Call Them Point-and-Shoots

Tiny Titans: 5 Best Enthusiast Compact Cameras

The point-and-shoot market may have hit a smartphone camera iceberg, but the ship hasn't sunk yet. In fact, bitter competition has sped up the photography arms race, producing a wide field of top-tier compact cameras with big sensors -- at a better price. Boasting image quality more than good enough to be deemed professional, these cameras can be a useful tool for the prosumer and feverish enthusiast alike, providing an infinitely more portable, all-in-one option rather than bulky DSLRs while sharing many of the same features and image quality.

That said, it's up to you sharpen the focus on what you really need. We don't mind walking a few steps to get the right shot -- so our choices hone in on the best compact cameras that sport big sensors, fixed lenses and fast focusing. There's a big field of small shooters; we're here to slim it all down to the cream of the crop.

Don't Sweat The Wet

Outex Waterproof DSLR Cover

Problem: you want to use your DSLR to shoot some rad watersport photos, but standing on the shoreline or using those disposable waterproof cameras isn't nearly rad enough. And even less rad is trying to fit your personal rig into a Ziplock freezer bag to protect it from the wet. Solution: Outex waterproof DSLR covers.

Top Marks for the A

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon may not do things first, but they sure make great decisions. Need proof? The Coolpix A, Nikon's new flagship Coolpix, which comes loaded with a DSLR-sized sensor and a 28mm f/2.8 prime.

Compact price, mid-sized features

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Compact cameras are in trouble. Smartphones continue to don sexier optics, allowing the photographer in all of us to carry one less item and still get decent shots of our lunches/cats/sunsets. Not content to just fade away, manufacturers are ramping up the quality and features of their compact cameras to stay relevant. Taking cues from its larger-framed and sensored older brother (The XZ-2), the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 ($351) emerges from this crucible as a true pocket rocket.

Roundup
Optimal Prime

5 Best 35mm Prime Lenses

It's easy to think that a bag full of lenses is a good thing -- hell, there's one for nearly every possible use. But what exactly is the perfect lens? In our book, it's the tried and true 35mm. A perfect medium between wide and normal perspectives, the 35mm lens stands as an indispensable gem for pro shooters and hobbyists alike. As the staple of prime lenses (fixed focus), there's no shortage of lofty offerings, but owning a Canon or Nikon camera doesn't mean that brand has a stranglehold on the lenses you can shoot with. In fact, recent offerings have proven that the third party lens is a force to be reckoned with (case in point: the Sigma above). Here, we present five of the best 35mm lens offerings available today that aren't Canon, Nikon or Sony. Consider it a fresh look on an old-school perspective.

Original Series
Million Dollar Baby (maker)

Design Spotlight: Chase Car Inc. Porsche Panamera Turbo Camera Car

Though most movies don't cause the viewer to think about camera angles, lighting or color tone, there are some (Star Trek, Eagle Eye, Fast & Furious) with sequences and scenes that leave you wondering "How the hell did they shoot that?" This is how the hell: Chase Car Inc. We had a chance to check out their matte-black, modded out Porsche Panamera Turbo, replete with a full camera crane. Needless to say, we smiled for the camera.

Film Issue
No young whippersnapper

22 Great Vintage Cameras

Film: recording moments. Moments that have passed, even as the shutter clicks. It's no wonder photography is bound so deeply to nostalgia, sending us down memory lane to simpler times. But the hobby -- the art -- is deeper still; the equipment you use says just as much about your craft as your subjects or the developed, framed end product. So here's our help: a short list of 13 cult vintage shooters

CES 2013
Adventure-proof

Olympus TG-2

When you need a camera to schlep to the top of the Rocky Mountains, very few can get the job done like the Olympus TOUGH series. The line's new 12MP Olympus TG-2 ($380) is no exception, thanks to the plethora of features loaded into this little shooter. For starters,

CES 2013
Magnify your photo skills

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Fujifilm continues to stand out as a small player making gargantuan strides (look no further than the massive improvements to the beloved X100). Their new flagship FinePix HS50EXR superzoom point and shoot is a useful, affordable tool for the mid-range photog. Even though the HS50EXR has a DSLR-style

CES 2013
Give your iPhone a break

Polaroid iM1836 Camera

The Polaroid iM1836 camera isn't the first Android powered shooter we've seen, not even from Polaroid, but it is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens shooter of its kind. A 10-30mm lens kit ships with the device, but we expect other lenses will follow. Plus, this albino wonder is

CES 2013
#nofilter #kinda

Canon PowerShot N

You can go ahead and file the Canon PowerShot N under stopgap product, but until someone figures out how to cram a big ol' sensor and lens into a tiny lil' package, there's going to be a divide between what your smartphone's camera and a real camera can capture.

CES 2013
S marks the shot

Fujifilm X100S

Tacking an "S" to the end of a product implies an incremental update in the minds of the Apple-obsessed, but Fujifilm's successor to the X100 deserves more credit than that. The X100s ($1,300)'s new autofocus system, augmented with phase detection, is touted as the worlds' fastest at 0.08

Gift Guide
12 gifts for the tech obsessed

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days -- but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who

Brand Guide
Your new resource for all things Canon

Introducing the Canon Brand Guide

When you spend as much time as we do scouring the known universe in search of noteworthy products, one thing becomes abundantly clear: building a single great thing is a phenomenally difficult accomplishment, and repeating it is next to impossible.

Gift Guides
12 gifts for the traveler

12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

These guys seem to have racked up a bigger airline status than Clooney and more time on the road than Kerouac. They call ports of call home and know how to navigate the TSA, border checkpoints and a nasty comped bar hangover with ease. Whether a job takes them to exotic

Digging for gold

Hunting eBay: Cameras

For our last Hunting eBay post (for now), I've turned the focus to cameras. When it comes to photography gear, eBay is packed with listings -- occasionally even leaving you wondering where to begin. But even if you're the type who likes to dig around eBay for store-beating deals

Fresh prince of Belair

Lomography Belair X 6-12

Few cameras make the transition from digital to film quite as fulfilling as the Belair X 6-12 ($245). This Lomographic high flyer is the world's first 6 x 12 auto exposure, medium-format camera. Yep, you read that right: medium-format. Lomography

Quick to fade (to black)

Run ‘n Gun: Hands-On with Manfrotto Photo Gear

Lino Manfrotto was an Italian photojournalist in the late '60s who hated lugging cumbersome lights and poles on location and at his studio. From desperation comes inspiration, as they say, and today Manfrotto is known in the industry as

Strapping

Joby 3-Way Camera Strap

You've got a doozie of an SLR and a couple lenses that cost more than a semester of college tuition, but your camera strap looks like it was yanked off a pair of Fisher-Price binoculars. Luckily for you, Joby, who's

Bust a cap in your hood

Hoocap

Any photographer worth his stop bath will tell you that a proper lens hood is one of the most important tools of the trade. The problem is that lenses still require a lens cap to stay scratch and smudge free when

Shoot to the clouds

Canon Project 1709

It seems like everybody's jumping on the social media bandwagon (some more logically than others). Canon's decided to take a shot too with their curiously named, cloud-based storage service Project 1709. Currently in beta testing, this online photo warehouse places

Still pointing and shooting

Canon Powershot S110

It seems like only a year ago we were telling you about the Canon Powershot S100 -- wait, it WAS a year ago, almost to the day. So, in celebration of that anniversary, Gear Patrol, or rather Canon, brings you

Milestone

Leica M Rangefinder

The Leica M is a new flagship rangefinder from the venerable photography brand that carries the torch from the Leica M9. Its biggest upgrade lies in a new 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that's designed to work specifically with Leica R-series

Semi-pro

Nikon D600

The much-anticipated Nikon D600 ($2100) is a new prosumer DSLR that provides a similar, albeit slightly watered-down set of specs compared to the lauded D800 for roughly a grand less, while also undercutting the competition from Canon and

Sensory overload

Sony RX-1

The Sony RX-1 is the smallest camera to ever feature a full-frame sensor. Specifically, it crams the same 24MP 35.8x23.9mm beast found in the newly released Sony a99 DSLR that boasts an ISO range between 100 – 25600, in a body

Black and white and Red all over

Red Epic-M Monochrome

What's black and white and Red all over? The Red Epic-M Monochrome ($42,000). A technical auteur's delight -- director David Fincher is already shooting with it, of course -- the brain (body in Red parlance) is based around the newly

Lean but still mean

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm is currently the biggest champion of retro design in the camera space, and the newly announced Fujifilm X-E1 indicates there's no end in sight. In many ways, this new edition is just a smaller version of the so-called poor man's

Data rates may apply

Samsung Galaxy Camera

With each new improvement to smartphone cameras, the collective cries by pundits and consumers alike at the death of point and shoot cameras grow louder and clearer. Hoping to silence, or at the least quiet, dissenters, Samsung has announced the
Your little black box

Sony Action Cam

If you've got action on the brain and some road rash/broken bones/brag-worthy scar tissue to show for it, then the Sony Action Cam is the right tool to capture and broadcast your adventures in pain and thrill-seeking. Measuring a mere

A la carte

Kit: European Vacation Photography Essentials

We don't need to tell you that Europe is home to much of the world’s history, art and various cultures. But getting bogged down at tourist traps is not our idea of a getaway. Our advice? Consider the path less

You if can't beat 'em, join 'em

Nikon Coolpix S800c

We've grown a bit weary of the quest for instant gratification ("can I get a retweet, bro?" comes to mind). But Nikon's COOLPIX S800c ($350) moves in a positive direction by blending point-and-shoot photography with smartphone connectivity. The included

Stopping time

Timekeeping: How to Take Better Watch Photos

A man dressed in an all brown uniform just dropped off the “grail” watch on your "work" from home day. You feverishly tear the packaging open and hold up the culmination of your hope and dreams as if it were

Gold Jerry, Gold!

In-Depth: Sony RX100

With the advent of smartphones the compact camera has become about as contemporary as a Walkman. The next step? Being relegated to Urban Outfitters as a hipster's novelty purchase. Major brands are abandoning the segment faster than dubstep and everyone

Through a mirrorless, darkly

Canon EOS-M

Finally -- after a slew of leaks and rumors -- Canon's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has arrived with the Canon EOS-M. It's hard to believe 4 years have already passed since the introduction of the first mirrorless cameras,

Rapid fire shooter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

The pocket-sized compact camera market, a crowded field where convenience and the almighty megapixel have long come at the sacrifice of photographer-driven adjustability, just added something for the budding enthusiast. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 replaces the LX5 and adds a

Small super shooter

Point Grey Flea3 Video Camera

Video cameras have only gotten smaller and smaller, such that most people think nothing of having a low-res shooter in their phone or laptop. The Point Grey Flea3 is an ultracompact, 4k video camera with high frame rates, but that’s