What was your Camera of the Year 2011.

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  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Nominate the best newly released (ie in 2011) camera in your opinion. You do not have to own it - just admiring is OK.

    I'll start with the Fuji X100.
     
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  2. stratokaster

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    Dec 27, 2010
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    NEX-7.

    Those who didn't have a chance to handle it (yet) don't know how nice this camera is.
     
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  3. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 15, 2010
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    First is the Iphone 4s, that camera that is with me always, next would be the X100
     
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  4. pawzitiv

    pawzitiv SC Regular

    While I'm currently much enamored with my new GX1, for my purposes I find the Ricoh GXR Mount A12 the most compelling camera (err .. sensor module) for 2011. I don't own one but sure do admire it.
     
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  5. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Sony NEX-5n (I have two)

     
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  6. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    I would have to go with the Panasonic Lumix G3, Feel's nice, light, Full of features, great EVF, Great swivel screen & Great image quality especially with the Pan/Leica 25mm f1.4 and 14-45mm kit lens.

    If money was no object then it would be a Canon 5D Mk2 with 35mm f1.4L but that will have to wait.
     
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  7. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
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    Mark
    Wow Pavel. :eek: This is a turnaround, I would have predicted the GH2 for you....so it surpasses the top-o-the-line Panasonic for video as well? A big call my friend. But knowing you it would be 100% on the money. Have you done a review?
     
  8. retow

    retow SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Fuji X100, by far.
    The hybrid VF is genius. The image quality very impressive, among the very best aps-c sensor cameras. The design, manual controls and build quality top. Simply a joy to use.
     
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
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    X100. Easy call. It's not the one I use the most, but I'd bet it's the one I'll have the longest.

    -Ray
     
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  10. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
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    For me, it's my Fuji X100 for its image quality and its aperture ring and everything else.
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    Fuji X100 for it's joy of use. I am REALLY looking forward to their ILC in the spring. Hopefully they'll have ironed out the kinks.
     
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  12. PeterB666

    PeterB666 SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

    Well if I had bought a Fujifilm X100 that would be it but my award goes to the Olympus E-P3 which has addressed most of the issues with my E-P1, reliable and fast AF, a top LCD, an extra function button, some decent glass (like the Olympus 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8), good noise control up to ISO2500 provided you get the exposure right and fun to use. It is a good looking camera too and generally gets praise from others.

    Not perfect as the white balance seems to have taken a nose dive, especially with longer exposures.
     
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    I am planning to do a write up on my year in review. Or at least that's the plan (amongst many other plans). So I'll hold off on my nomination. At least for now. :)
     
  14. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    The X100 for me for new cameras. I have to say though, the GRD3 (new to me this year) was my biggest surprise and joy!
     
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  15. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    The GH2 is an excellent camera, I love mine. The NEX-7 is better as a camera, but Micro 4/3 is much better as a system, that's why I don't plan to switch to Sony NEX anytime soon.
     
  16. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Ricoh GRD4, without a doubt.
     
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  17. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    I'm off down the bookies as I spot a trend here. 3 to 1 on the Fuji X100 wins!
     
  18. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
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  19. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    I've bought 3 cameras this year the Sony Alpha A55 , Lumix G3 and the Fuji X10.

    Of the 3 I would choose the Lumix G3.
    Although I have two other m4/3 cameras , I have always remained unconvinced that the m4/3 format was going anywhere as the kit was small but not small enough and image quality was good but not good enough .
    The G3 changed my mind.
    Not only was the camera cheap - ish , it came with Lightroom 3 , the Jpeg quality was much improved and focusing is quick enough to enable shots like this with a lightweight lens (100-300mm)

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    And now I'm feeling like I should test the x100... musttt.. resist.. and BB you know what I mean right now too!
     
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