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Compact System Cameras

Hybrid cameras are quickly becoming the most popular category in the photographic market – and sending everyone batty with what to call them. You will hear of a hybrid, a Micro Four Third (4/3), a micro SLR, a bridge camera, compact pro or even a mirrorless camera. Those all mean they occupy the category between a compact and a DSLR with improved image quality but low weight. Take a look at the latest models – no matter what name you use, the pictures do all the talking.

  1. Canon EOS M


    The EOS M is Canon's entry into the compact system camera market, offering DSLR image quality in an amazingly compact and lightweight body. With easy to use controls and a broad selection of creative modes, photographers of any experience level can focus on having some fun while capturing the photo just the way they want.

    The EOS M allows for incredible versatility, giving photographers the option to attach Canon EF-M, EF-S and EF lenses, not to mention a wide array of EOS accessories ensuring that the only limit to your creativity is your imagination.


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    From: $349.95

    To: $599.95

  2. Fuji X-E2

    The FujiFilm X-E2 builds on the excellent X-E1, bringing a range of improvements as well as taking some of the best features from other Fuji X-Series cameras.

    Sitting towards the top-end of their compact system camera range, the X-E2 retains the beautiful metal control dials and magnesium-alloy build quality of it's predecessor, while again using the same 16 Megapixel "X-Trans CMOS" sensor for oustanding detail and image quality. Improvements in the X-E2 include faster, Phase Detect type autofocus, Wireless Image Transfer for instant sharing to mobile devices, and Fuji's "Lens Modulation Optimizer" which can intelligently sharpen images based on the specific properties of the attached lens.

    These improvements along with the range of fantastic, high-quality lenses, make the FujiFilm X-E2 a very desirable camera system for any enthusiast photographers.

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    From: $1,299.95

    To: $1,699.95

  3. Fuji X-M1

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    By removing the electronic viewfinder that we find in it's bulkier siblings, the FujiFilm X-M1 compact system camera sports a significantly smaller body, making it even easier to take it along with you everywhere you go. Combine this with the clear, sharp, tilting LCD screen, the X-M1 ensures you never miss a moment no matter what angle you need to shoot from.

    With the addition of the Scene Recognition Auto mode, users of any level can now take advantage of the outstanding detail and image quality achieved through the same 16 Megapixel "X-Trans CMOS" sensor found in FujiFilm's other compact system cameras, meaning the X-M1 is fully compatible with the same range of high-quality lenses. Now with built-in WiFi, sharing images couldn't be simpler - Fuji's Wireless Image Transfer allows you to instantly send your latest masterpiece direct to your mobile, ready to share online without the need for a PC.

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    From: $699.95

    To: $999.95

  4. Fuji X-Pro1


    The X-Pro1 is the first camera FujiFilm entered into the compact system market. As the name suggests, the X-Pro1 is aimed squarely at professional and enthusiast photographers, with it's classic rangefinder styling and dedicated control dials. The large viewfinder is Fuji's own "Hybrid" viewfinder which allows the photographer to switch between a fully digital display, or an optical rangefinder view with digital information overlaid, bringing a touch of nostalgia with it.

    Inside the X-Pro1 we find Fuji's unique 16 Megapixel, APS-C sized "X-Trans CMOS" image sensor which captures sharp detail and produces outstanding colour, including a range of film simulation modes to reproduce the expressive colour quality of Fuji films. The high-resolution, anti-reflective LCD screen means photographers can feel comfortable checking their photos in the field allowing them to shoot with even greater confidence.

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    From: $1,399.95

    To: $1,699.95

  5. Fuji X-T1

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    The Fuji XT-1 is the latest in Fuji's range of compact system cameras. The X-T1 has taken on a more conventional DSLR design, this larger style body allows for a more comfortable hand grip, and allows room for the incredibly large and beautifully sharp electronic viewfinder.

    The FujiFilm X-T1's body is now an entirely magnesium-alloy build, giving it a sturdy feel and ensuring it's tough enough to keep shooting under any conditions. Combine this with it's 70 different sealing locations to make it dust and water resistant, and the ability to operate at temperatures down to -10 degrees, the Fuji X-T1 can be counted on by enthusiasts and professionals to be a reliable workhorse and never miss that perfect shot.

    Inside the X-T1 is Fuji's unique 16 Megapixel "X-Trans CMOS II" image sensor, which builds on the oustanding level of detail from the previous version, and now allows an ISO sensitivity of up to 51,200. Included still is the "Film Simulation" mode, giving Fuji film users the ability to recreate the look and feel of classic films such as Provia, Velvia, and Astia.

    Being the top of the current range, the X-T1 offers all of the latest features including amazingly fast autofocus, built-in interval timer shooting for timelapse photography, and an improved wireless function allowing both instant transfer of photos to mobile devices as well as remote control of the cameras functions.

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    From: $1,599.95

    To: $2,199.95

  6. Fuji XA1 + 16-50mm

    The X-A1 is Fuji's entry-level compact system camera, offering a large 16 Megapixel image sensor delivering DSLR quality images in a small, stylish body.

    FujiFilm's range of high-quality lenses make the X-A1 a versatile performer, with a high-resolution tilting LCD so you're ready to capture those fleeting moments from any angle. The Scene Recognition Auto mode will do all the hard work, determining the best settings to use under any circumstances, allowing photographers of any level to capture quality images with outstanding colour reproduction. Built-in Wireless Image Transfer means you can send your favourite shots direct to a mobile, quickly and easily, ready for instant sharing to the web without the need for a PC. A range of in-camera artistic filters can help turn even a boring photo into something much more interesting.

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  7. Leica T

    The Leica brand is one that is heavily associated with premium quality photographic gear, and the new Leica T compact system camera is no exception.

    The T features a 16.5 Megapixel APS-C sized image sensor in a small, sleek, beautifully designed body. There are very few external controls, instead Leica are keeping things simple, offering a large touch-screen which spans almost the entire rear of the camera for access to most functions. Two dials for manual exposure controls such as aperture and shutter speed are neatly placed on top of the camera, sitting flush within the body itself to keep the camera looking neat and tidy.

    In keeping with the premium design, the Leica T has a body machined from a single solid block of aluminium, giving it a very sturdy and high-quality feel. The simple design doesn't reflect the capabilities of the camera, as the T is still chock full of technology with Full HD video recording, and built-in WiFi to share photos direct to a smartphone or tablet as well as offering remote control via a mobile device.

    Along with this stunning looking body, Leica have introduced a new range of quality T-Series lenses to fit the new mount, but support for M mount lenses is available via an optional adapter. With the combination of the T's large image sensor, Leica quality lenses, and simple controls, brilliant looking photos are easier than ever.

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    From: $2,299.95

    To: $4,699.95

  8. Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera


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    The Nikon 1 AW1 is the world's first waterproof compact system camera.
    Rated to be 15m Waterproof and 2m Shockproof, the AW1 is the perfect companion for an active lifestyle or for the family. It's rugged design allows photographers to focus on capturing the moment, rather than worrying about damaging fragile camera gear. With the combination of Nikon 1's ease of use, image quality, unbelievable speed, and waterproofing, the AW1 is about removing limitations and letting you take your creativity further.

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