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Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 02, 2019  |  0 comments

The Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA), which includes over two dozen imaging member magazines from around the world, has announced its choices for the best photo products of 2019 in 40 different categories. Editors from TIPA's member magazines recently met in Bangkok, Thailand to pick the just announced winners. We've included 23 of the 2019 photo gear award winners below, with write-ups and product images provided by TIPA.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 25, 2019  |  0 comments

If you want a quality compact camera for street photography but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, the Pentax MX-1 from six years ago is still a great buy, according to Mattias Burling, who reviews older cameras on his popular YouTube channel. Selling for only a few hundred dollars online (and even less if you hunt around the used market), the Pentax MX-1 is a legend of a camera, Burling contends.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Leica just launched the Leica Q2, a 47.3MP compact camera that's the successor to the popular full-frame Leica Q. The Leica Q2, which has an attached (i.e. non-interchangeable) prime lens, features splash/dustproof construction, 4K video, an all-new OLED viewfinder and an improved Maestro image signal processor that has a base of ISO 50.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 01, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s the age-old question that typically comes from non-photographers: does an expensive camera shoot better photos? As anyone who knows anything about photography will tell you: it’s the photographer, not the gear that’s the key to great photos!

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  0 comments

Here are two new compact cameras you might want to bring on your next safari vacation: the 35x zoom (24-840mm equivalent) Nikon Coolpix A1000 and 60x (24-1440mm) Nikon Coolpix B600 compact zoom cameras.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 21, 2019  |  0 comments

Ricoh just officially launched the GR III, the latest model in the company’s cult classic compact camera series. The Ricoh GR III is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or a pants pocket but sports a large, 24.24MP APS-C size CMOS sensor comparable to what you’d find in some DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 24, 2018  |  0 comments

It’s real and it’s coming. That’s the message we got from a new video showing the much-anticipated Zeiss ZX1 full frame compact camera being tested by a professional photographer during a street shoot.

Jason Schneider  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Street photography—walking around with a camera, poised to capture life on the fly—has never been more popular than it is now. Back in the day, masters like Alfred Eisenstaedt and Henri Cartier-Bresson prowled the streets with classic film-based Leica rangefinders, but today most street shooters opt for modern digital cameras.

George Schaub  |  Dec 04, 2018  |  0 comments

Integral zoom lens cameras are often referred to as “bridge” cameras: the idea being that they bridge the gap between compact and DSLR models. If there’s a bridge connection here it’s in the rather incredible zoom range of the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV ($1,700, retail price) that spans the far shores of 24-600mm equivalency.

Joe Farace  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  0 comments

Superzoom cameras, like Nikon’s Coolpix P1000 ($999.99) are popular because, let’s face it, people who buy entry level DSLR’s rarely, if ever, take the kit lenses off their cameras. I looked for statistics on this and didn’t find any empirical data but friendly retailers in the industry told me this assumption is true.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 25, 2018  |  1 comments

Zeiss made a big splash at the photokina show in Cologne, Germany last month when it announced the Zeiss ZX1, a compact camera with a Zeiss-designed, 37.4MP full-frame sensor. Today at the PhotoPlus Expo show in New York City, Zeiss officially took the wraps off the camera by displaying prototypes of the ZX1 for the first time.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments

If you don’t want to haul around you heavy DSLR or mirrorless camera on your next travel shoot (or vacation), a new superzooming compact camera from Sony provides a far smaller and lighter alternative. This week, Sony introduced the Cyber-shot HX99 (model DSC-HX99) camera, which packs a zoom lens with an extreme range of 24-720mm into what Sony is calling “the world’s smallest camera body of its kind.” 

Ron Leach  |  Sep 25, 2018  |  0 comments

Ricoh’s powerful GR series compact digital cameras have always had a cult following among travel photographers and street shooters who appreciate pocketable cameras with high-end optics, relatively large sensors, great build quality, and a full range of manual controls. The excitement is sure to grow, with today’s Photokina announcement of the Ricoh GR III, the latest model in the line.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 21, 2018  |  0 comments

Superzoom cameras are not dead! Canon just introduced the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera, which features a whopping 65x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 21-1365mm), a 20.3MP CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities.

Jason Schneider  |  Sep 19, 2018  |  2 comments

As I confidently predicted last time, you can’t possibly please everybody when it comes to picking the best, the greatest, or the most influential cameras ever made. After we posted our list of The Top 20 Greatest Cameras of All Time, it came as no surprise that we received a ton of emails, varying in tone from pugnacious condemnation, to anguish, to polite suggestion, all begging to differ with our first top ten choices.

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