We are already half way through year 2013, and time couldn't be better to do a check on the finest technology that has came out in the first part of the year, as well as predicting the new wave of tech that is expected to come out in the next half.
In camera world, many things are changing. On one front, several new technologies and concepts such as Lytro camera are forming up. This is generating a new vibe and enthusiasm in the photography world. On the other front though, more and more smart phones are coming with powerful cameras, which is in turn eating up the traditional digital camera market. If someone is getting an 8MP camera with flash and some innovative capture modes under INR 15,000, which also does thousands of other tasks as a smart phone, why would that person opt for buying a normal digital camera with slightly enhanced camera technology?
Nonetheless, digital camera world is still pretty much alive with all big brands coming up with new models with better technology to survive in this highly dense industry. Here are five Best cameras that have/or going to come out in year 2013.
1. Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera is the prime example of epitome of convergence. It is essentially a smartphone, SGS3 to be specific, with 16 MP camera and optical zoom of 21X. You can insert a micro simcard in it to have a seamless connectivity and sharing of photo even without a Wi-Fi hotspot nearby.
Although Samsung Camera was announced in 2012, it still dominates the market in terms of technological convergence, and that is why it is included in 2013's best camera list. The camera is not perfect. Especially, when it comes to optical side of camera, this device falls short of expectations at various points. Nonetheless, Android 4.1 environment, apps, and sharing options are more than enough to attract users towards it.
2. Nikon S9500
Well, this device is what you would call an ideal example of digital camera of modern age. 18MP resolution, 22X zoom, 3.0-inch LCD screen, and Wi-Fi connectivity are some of the prime features of device.
Nikon has put an extensive research behind this device and that shows when you handle it. There are various capture modes, a sleek design, and NIKKOR lens, which Nikon usually uses in DSLRs. With such explosive features, Nikon S9500 can easily give competition to entry level DSLRs.
3. Cannon SX280
This device is all about image quality and image processing. That is the reason behind adding the Digic 6 processor. On other parts though, this falls a little short of expectations. There is no touch screen, and capture modes as well as autofocus capacity is limited. Moreover, 20X zoom, is not very ahead of SX260's zoom, which is its predecessor.
Nonetheless, SX280 is a powerful device, especially when it comes to capturing image. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, which is somewhat necessary in camera these days. If image quality is what you look into any camera, than this could be the best choice for you.
4. Panasonic LUMIX TZ40
This is seriously dedicated to image technology. Its built-in image stabilization gives confidence to new camera handlers. There is a touch-screen and superfast auto-focus as well. It has a standard 20X zoom, and Wi-Fi feature to share photos on social networks.
What is unique here is the NFC feature through which you can instantly transfer the photo to your smart phone. It is slightly high on price side, but that is justified with sharp image quality and variety of capture mode this device offers.
5. Fuji X100S
Fuji Films is a well-known name in Camera industry. With their X100S, they have put another mark in development of compact cameras. This is a refined version and replacement of Fuji's popular camera FinePix X100.
It has 16.3 MP resolution, CMOS II sensor, and Full HD video capturing feature. Design wise this camera is different from others. Designers of this camera have specifically on-purpose given it a retro look, which definitely makes it different from the crowd.
Apart from these five, there are more cameras in the same range from other manufacturers such as Sony, as well as from other brands. However, the five of the above cameras differentiate in many ways from other cameras, and that is what makes them the most sought after device of 2013.