Top rated cameras: February 2012

Our top rated cameras for February 2012

Interchangable compact cameras rule the roost this month. The new entry is the Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini, which is a smaller-than-usual Micro Four Thirds camera that should appeal to anyone who wants a compact, yet advanced camera capable of accepting different lenses.

Look for more digital SLRs to come into play over the next few months as both Nikon and Canon have released successors to their highly successful D700 and EOS 5D Mark II models, respecitvely. Nikon has released its D800 while Canon has come up with the 5D Mark III. Both of these are full frame cameras that are aimed at enthusiasts and semi-pros.

Note: this list is compiled from reviews over the past 12 months.

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XZ-1
4.50

1. Olympus XZ-1 compact digital camera

If you want to have fun while taking photos, then the Olympus XZ-1 is for you. It's easy to use, takes clear and rich images, and it even has useful art filters. We really like it and think it's great ...
Review Date: 12th July, 2011
RRP: $ 599.00
Editor's Choice
PEN E-P3
4.25

2. Olympus PEN E-P3 interchangeable lens camera

Without a doubt, this is one of the most fun cameras we've used on a daily basis. There isn't a high learning curve and what you see on its screen is usually what the camera records. It has extensive colour ...
Review Date: 18th Aug., 2011
RRP: $ 1,200.00
Editor's Choice
EOS 600D
4.00

3. Canon EOS 600D digital SLR

Canon's EOS 600D is one of the cheaper digital SLR cameras the company offers -- it's a slight drop in price from the slightly superior 60D -- but it's still got a lot of the technology from more expensive models. ...
Review Date: 14th March, 2011
RRP: $ 1,699.00
LUMIX DMC-TZ20
4.00

4. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ20 digital camera

There is a lot to like about the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ20. It can produce clear and vibrant images, has a great zoom range, and it's absolutely feature-packed! It can shoot HD video, has geo-tagging, can shoot slow motion video, and ...
Review Date: 22nd March, 2011
RRP: $ 599.00
Best Buy
NX11
4.00

5. Samsung NX11 interchangeable lens camera

The NX11 is small and capable of producing very good images thanks to its relatively big sensor. With a built-in EVF and flash, it's one of the better value interchangeable lens camera on the Australian market.
Review Date: 24th June, 2011
RRP: $ 749.00
LUMIX DMC-FZ150 digital camera
4.00

6. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150 digital camera

If you want a good multi-purpose camera that's relatively compact, the LUMIX DMC-FZ150 is a good choice. It has a massive lens, lots of options and cutomisation features, and it takes great photos and video. It's probably a little expensive ...
Review Date: 12th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 799.00
LUMIX DMC-G3 camera
4.00

7. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 camera

The LUMIX DMC-G3 doesn't disappoint when it comes to image quality. It can capture very clear images and it's a fun camera to use. It's a compact camera that's a lot easier to carry around that a digital SLR, yet ...
Review Date: 18th Jan., 2012
RRP: $ 899.00
NEX-7
4.00

8. Sony NEX-7 digital camera

The next step in Sony's evolution of its NEX interchangeable-lens-but-no-bulky-internal-mirror camera system is technically brilliant: an amazingly detailed and clean image sensor shoehorned into a reasonably compact camera body that's incredibly well built and full of features (an excellent electronic ...
Review Date: 2nd Feb., 2012
RRP: $ 1,699.00
IXUS 220 HS
3.75

9. Canon IXUS 220 HS compact digital camera

The Canon IXUS 220 HS is perfect for anyone who wants a small camera that can be carried easily in a pocket. It's an automatic camera, yet it's capable of capturing clear and vibrant images, even in low-light conditions.
Review Date: 20th April, 2011
RRP: $ 319.00
PEN E-PM1 Mini camera
3.75

10. Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini camera

The Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mini dishes out image quality that's on par with the high-end PEN E-P3, but for a more reasonable price. We were impressed with its clear and vibrant results, as well as its useful high ISO settings. ...
Review Date: 21st Feb., 2012
RRP: $ 599.00
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