There were some interesting cameras at Photo Plus this year. Nothing earth shattering but cameras continue to get incrementally better, in fact much better. Here are three that I think are worth looking at.
Sony A 77. Sony has been making a big effort to enter the pro/semi pro camera market but so far has not made much of an impact. The A77 might change that. Sony answers some of the questions that I have had about cameras since I went digital years ago. Namely why does my camera have an optical view finder? The A 77 has an electric viewfinder, 24 megapixel sensor, gps receiver and it shoots 12 frames per second. The camera's body is made of a pro grade magnesium alloy. What is not to like? If you don't need super long lenses or underwater housings the Sony might be the way to go.
Canon 6D. A full frame, 20 megapixel canon camera for under $2100. The camera is slightly smaller than the 5D MK III that most of us carry and more than a thousand dollars less. It adds wifi support and a a gps receiver. However, you give up the MK III's superior autofocus and near full frame viewfinder. The camera would make a great back up to a 5D MK III outfit, but then again so would the 5D MK II that most Canon shooters already own. The 6D should be available soon.
I also held in my hand the D1x and the D1c. They are slight variations on the same pro body. Big difference between them is the D1c shoots 4 k video along with being a 18 megapixel camera. They are wonderful, workhorse cameras that should shoot essentially forever. They are also very heavy.
Panosonic GX1. Ok the GX1 has been around for a little while but I still think it is one of the most impressive compact cameras around. Anyone who reads this blog knows I'm a fan of the GF-2. The GX1 seems to be a worthy successor. 16 megapixel sensor, iso to 12,800, new, bright external viewfinder if you are looking for a compact camera that doesn't make you feel like you aren't carrying enough machine, this might be the one for you.
It comes in a whole variety of kits. Personally I would only use it with the 20mm f 1.7.
More later, I'm tryint to get to Lima now for a series of lectures.