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German lens maker Meyer-Optik has launched the Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II, a super-fast manual-focus standard lens for the Sony E-Mount that is optimized for use with full-frame sensors, but also works with APS-C cameras.
The lens comes with a focal length of 50mm and an aperture range from F0.95 to F22, offering lots of flexibility, both when shooting in low light and in terms of depth-of-field. The lens design features 10 elements in 7 groups and ensures high levels of sharpness in the focus-plane. Meyer-Optik says the 15 aperture blades with anti-reflective coating create a pleasant bokeh with circular highlights. The Nocturnus has a minimum focus distance of 50cm and weighs 680 grams. Manual focus control and the stepless aperture ring operate almost silently, making the Nocturnus an interesting option for video applications.
The Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II will be available from January 1st for €3000 (approximately $3225). More information is available on the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz website.
Although it's true that 'compact' usually refers to cameras small in size, here, we use it to refer to any camera with a non-removable lens. This makes for an interesting spread of cameras, with 1"-type sensors and APS-C sensors, prime lenses and zoom lenses, pocketable wonders and DSLR-styled bridge cameras.
So step (or sit) right up and take a peek through the high-end compacts of 2016, and let your voice be heard - which of these should be crowned the best high-end compact camera of the year?
Note: This poll only includes high-end compact cameras released in the calendar year of 2016. If there's a late 2015 product missing that you want to highlight, leave a comment and we'll take this into account.
The Canon G7 X Mark II brings some impressive updates to Canon's original 1"-sensor compact. It features a new Digic 7 processor, bringing with it increased operational speed and 8fps burst shooting in Raw + JPEG. There's a (very comfortable) front grip, more effective image stabilization and the screen now tilts down as well as up (selfies will outlive us all).
There's abundant external controls and a well-thought out touch interface, the control dial around the lens can be 'clicked' or 'unclicked,' and a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens sits in front of a 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor.
In all, the G7 X Mark II is everything we hoped the G7 X Mark I would have been and more - is that enough to launch it to the top spot? Cast your vote and let us know.
As is typical with Fujifilm cameras, the retro-styled X70 is quite the looker, with image quality to back up those looks. Along with 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens, it uses Fujifilm's tried-and-true 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and offers their famous film simulation modes.
You also get a 77-point hybrid autofocus system, a 3" touch-enabled LCD, and all the manual controls you could want - plus eight customizable buttons.
The Fujifilm X70 is a camera for those that like a 'hands-on' experience, and it's very petite considering the relatively large sensor. Do you think these qualities are enough to push it to the top of the pack this year?
The Leica X-U is the manufacturer's first-ever rugged camera - it's waterproof to 15m, and is also shock-proof and dust-proof. It features a 23mm F1.7 Summilux ASPH lens that works out to a 35mm equivalent field of view for its 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor. There's a flash mounted directly above the lens barrel, which will be especially useful for use underwater.
There's always a certain cachet that comes with that red dot, reinforced here with Leica's claims that they teamed up with Audi Design for the overall design of the camera. Are you a fan of the design? Excited by the prospect of dunking a Leica in the drink? Cast your vote and let us know.
The Lumix LX10 / LX15 is Panasonic's answer to Sony's RX100-series, offering a 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor, a 24-72mm equiv. F1.4-2.8 zoom and 4K video as well as some clever 4K photo modes. It has an all-metal body and well-damped dials, a pop-up flash, and a refined touchscreen interface.
The LX10 / LX15 also uses Panasonic's Depth-from-Defocus (DFD) technology, ensuring swift and accurate autofocus, even for moving subjects, and also features varying levels of image stabilization between stills and video. Does the LX10 / LX15 tick all the right boxes for you?
The Panasonic FZ2500 / FZ2000 is the followup to the older FZ1000. Like many other models in this poll, it features a 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor, though unlike other cameras in this roundup, it has a whopping 24-480mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 zoom lens. As much a video camera as it is a stills camera, Panasonic has also added a built-in variable ND filter, fully articulating LCD, 4K capture and 10-bit 4:2:2 vide output over HDMI.
It's not the most... compact... compact camera in this poll, but that's you price to pay for that staggering zoom range. Are you a video enthusiast who's picked up the FZ2500 for yourself? Do you think it's beaten out all the other compacts this year?
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 marks the manufacturer's return to the compact travel-zoom market, and it is a camera that more or less stands alone in this regard. It uses a 20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor behind a 25-250mm equivalent F2.8-4.9 zoom lens in a package that will easily fit in your jacket pocket. Typically for Panasonic, there's also detailed 4K video capture and a slew of stills capture aids like Post Focus and 4K Photo. They've even shoehorned a popup flash and an electronic viewfinder into the all-metal body.
Is the ZS100 your go-to travel camera? Let us know.
The Sony RX10 Mark III is as much about its lens as it is everything else. That lens is a 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 Zeiss-branded unit, exhibiting impeccable sharpness throughout the zoom range. The sensor is a familiar 20MP 1"-type CMOS unit, and the camera is otherwise very similar to the RX10 Mark II. It offers 4K and ultra-slow-motion video capture as well as Sony's industry-leading JPEG noise reduction.
Is the RX10 III and its monster lens enough to take the compact camera crown? Let us know what you think by casting your vote in the poll below.
The RX100 V is the most refined RX100 model yet. It comes with a 20MP 1"-type sensor, 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 Zeiss-branded lens, and incredible 24fps burst shooting with full autofocus and autoexposure. There's also oversampled 4K video capture, ultra slow motion video capture, a clever pop-up electronic viewfinder and a tilting rear screen.
The RX100 V is about as much technology as can fit into a pocket. Does it make your list of best cameras of the year?
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