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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cameras For A Modern Cartier-Bresson

New small, but highly capable cameras give street shooters and photojournalists some interesting options for making ­top-quality images


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The DP1 Merrill has a built-in 19mm ƒ/2.8 wide-angle lens (28mm equivalent on a full-frame camera); the DP2 Merrill has a built-in 30mm ƒ/2.8 "normal" lens (45mm equivalent on a full-frame camera). Otherwise, the two cameras are pretty much identical. They have 3.0-inch, 920K-dot LCD monitors, with optional eye-level optical finders available. ISO range is 100-6400. Each camera can do 640x480 video at 30 fps. Both cameras are 4.8 inches wide and 2.6 inches high; the DP1 Merrill is 2.5 inches deep and weighs 12.0 ounces; the DP2 Merrill is 2.3 inches deep and weighs 11.6 ounces. Each camera lists for $999.

Interchangeable-Lens Street Shooters
  Mount Sensor Size Sensor Resolution Normal
ISO range
AF System Max. Drive Max. Video
Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1 Fujifilm X APS-C 16.3 MP 200-6400 Contrast 6 fps 1080/24p
Fujifilm FinePix X-E1 Fujifilm X APS-C 16.3 MP 200-6400 Contrast 6 fps 1080/24p
Leica M Leica M Full-frame 24.0 MP 200-6400 MF only 3 fps 1080/24p
Leica M-E Leica M Full-frame 18.0 MP 160-2500 MF only 2 fps None
Sony NEX-7 Sony E APS-C 24.3 MP 100-16,000 Contrast* 3 fps 1080/60p
*The optional Sony LA-EA2 adapter lets you use Sony A-mount (and legacy Konica Minolta) A-mount lenses and incorporates a phase-detection AF system like the one in the SLT-A65 DSLR.
Fixed-Lens Street Shooters
  Lens Sensor Size Sensor Resolution Normal
ISO range
AF System Max. Drive Max. Video
Fujifilm FinePix X100 23mm ƒ/2 APS-C 12.3 MP 200-6400 Contrast 5 fps 720/24p
Sigma DP1 Merrill 19mm ƒ/2.8 APS-C 14.8x3 MP* 100-6400 Contrast Not stated 480/30p
Sigma DP2 Merrill 30mm ƒ/2.8 APS-C 14.8x3 MP* 100-6400 Contrast Not stated 480/30p
Sony Cyber-shot RX1 35mm ƒ/2 Full-frame 24.3 MP 100-25,600 Contrast 5 fps 1080/60p
*The Foveon sensor stacks three pixel layers, each containing 14.8-million effective pixels, so the sensor contains 14.8x3 = 44.4 effective megapixels, but output images measure 4704x3136 pixels; see text for more details.


 

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