Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Catch the decisive moments like a modern Cartier-Bresson with a dedicated street camera
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Nikon Coolpix A
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is loaded with a full-frame CMOS sensor (the same sensor as the pro DSLR Sony A99) and a 35mm ƒ/2 Carl Zeiss lens, giving you the ability to shoot in low-light conditions, as well as create a shallow depth of field. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 50-25,600. It can shoot RAW still files and 1080p HD video, and a dedicated aperture ring, focus ring and shutter speed dial make changing these settings fast in street-shooting situations. Estimated Street Price: $2,799.
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Additional options for large-sensor compact cameras include the Sigma DP3 Merrill ($999), Fujifilm FinePix X100S ($1,200) and Leica X2 ($1,995).
MIRRORLESS INTERCHANGEABLE-LENS CAMERAS
For more flexibility and control in lens choices, you may be willing to sacrifice some size and choose a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (sometimes called MILC). The MILCs do away with the SLR's moving-mirror reflex system to make a smaller overall package. Many MILCs are available with large APS-C sensors, and we expect to see full-frame models in the near future.
Canon EOS M; Sony NEX-7
In terms of speed and spontaneity, most MILCs display little, if any, shutter lag, but they're often still slightly slower than pro DSLRs. Interchangeable lenses mean you have more options, and even with a few lenses and the camera body, you can build a small and highly capable street-shooting package. Most MILCs have contrast-detect AF systems and some manufacturers, Sony, for example, offer an adapter that allows you to attach DSLR lenses and get phase-detect AF performance. This adds some bulk, but makes the MILC system even more useful for a pro.
The Canon EOS M uses a new EF-M lens mount, which is optimized for its 18-megapixel APS-C sensor. The ISO range is 100-12,800, expanded to 25,600. Manual rings and dials are set up congruently to EOS DSLRs, giving a familiar feel for Canon users. The Canon EOS M has a touch screen with an intuitive design. It shoots both RAW and full HD video. It's currently selling as a kit with a 22mm f/2 lens for $799. An adapter is available to allow you to connect Canon EOS DSLR lenses, which dramatically broadens the number of usable lenses.
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