Viewfinder roundup – update

November 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Back in June I posted my roundup of cameras, other than SLRs, with viewfinders. Read this if you want the broader picture about why I think  a viewfinder is essential, and what the main options are.

Of course the camera market is not static so, nearly six months on, I thought it would be worth updating the list of cameras. I'm pleased to say the list has grown from 31 to 38, suggesting that manufacturers are waking up to the fact that a lot of people still want a viewfinder – something that has been underlined by feedback to my earlier post as well as comments on Facebook. It's also worth mentioning that a lot of these cameras are now priced lower than they were in June, so bargains may be there for the taking.

A few of the new entries are really interesting – Olympus' Stylus 1 and Sony's RX10 are a shot in the arm for the never-quite-convincing (to me) 'bridge' category, and the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R bring full-frame sensors to the compact system sector. These are very new, but reports suggest image quality is right up there with the best SLRs. I don't think I'll be trading in my Nikons just yet, though, as other aspects of performance – such as AF speed – don't quite seem to compete. In many ways the Olympus OM-D E-M1 looks like the most convincing all-round compact system camera so far.

However, having said all that, I reckon the camera most likely to tempt me to splash the cash right now has to be the Fujifilm X-E2; APS-C sensor, stunning image quality, interchangeable lenses, sensible size.

But then again, by the time I've actually saved up for one, who knows what else might be out there? Both Canon and Nikon have cameras in this list, but I can't say any of them really tempt me. We already have a Nikon 1 V1, which is pretty impressive for a pocketable camera – its AF performance beats many SLRs I've tried and image quality is surprisingly good for a small sensor. I suspect – as do many people who are closer to the industry than I am – that both of the Big Two have something up their sleeves.

So watch this space, but here's the list, as current as I can make it right now (mid-November 2013):

 

 

Viewfinder

Sensor size

Approx Price (with ‘standard’ lens if interchangeable)

 

Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Viewfinder 

Sensor size

Approx Price

 

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£349

 

Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR

Electronic

1/2" (6.4 x 4.8 mm)

£339

 

Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£260

 

Fujifilm FinePix S8200

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£175

 

Fujifilm X-S1

Electronic

2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)

£409

 

Leica V-Lux 4

Electronic

1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)

£690

 

Nikon Coolpix P520

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£275

 

Olympus Stylus 1

Electronic

1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)

£549

Interesting new entry, with one of the larger sensors in this group

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£329

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£384

 

Pentax X-5

Electronic

1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)

£155

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300

Electronic

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£299

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX10

Electronic

1" (13.2 x 8.8mm)

£1049

Largest sensor in the group – and highest price

 

 

 

 

 

Compact

 

 

 

 

 

Viewfinder

Sensor size

Approx Price

 

Canon PowerShot A1400

Optical

1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)

£69

 

Canon PowerShot G1 X

Optical

1.5″ (18.7 x 14 mm)

£439

 

Canon PowerShot G15

Optical

1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)

£314

 

Canon PowerShot G16

Optical

1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)

£528

 

Fujifilm X20

Optical

2/3" (8.8 x 6.6 mm)

£419

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Electronic

1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)

£379

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compact System

 

 

 

 

 

Viewfinder

Sensor size

Approx Price

 

Nikon 1 V1

Electronic

1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)

£299

Limited availability, bargain price: have seen it even cheaper, though may be 'grey' imports

Nikon 1 V2

Electronic

1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)

£659

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£949

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£1499

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£359

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£529

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£1199

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Electronic

Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)

£749

 

Samsung NX20

Electronic

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£499

 

Samsung Galaxy NX

Electronic

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£1299

“Android powered” 

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Electronic

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£589

 

Sony Alpha NEX-7

Electronic

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£819

 

Sony Alpha 7

Electronic

Full frame (36 x 24 mm)

£1549

Pioneering full-frame compact system cameras, with truly SLR-like image quality

Sony Alpha 7R

Electronic

Full frame (36 x 24 mm)

£1949

Pioneering full-frame compact system cameras, with truly SLR-like image quality

 

 

 

 

 

Rangefinder style

 

 

 

 

 

Viewfinder

Sensor size

Approx Price

 

Fujifilm X-E2

Electronic

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£1199

Interchangeable lenses

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Hybrid

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£1300

Interchangeable lenses

Fujifilm X100S

Hybrid

APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

£999

Prime lens

Leica M Typ 240

Rangefinder

Full frame (36 x 24 mm)

£7000

Interchangeable lenses

Leica M-E Typ 220

Rangefinder

Full frame (36 x 24 mm)

£6000

Interchangeable lenses

 

 


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