Top 5 Compact Cameras With Large Sensor : Leica X2, Canon G1X, Fujifilm X10, Sony RX100, Fujifilm X-S1

9/26/2012 8:57:29 AM

Leica X1 owns CMOS APS-C sensor while Canon G1X has 1.5inch one.

Nowadays, manufacturers are optimizing image process. Besides, they also concentrate on sensor size because this plays an essential role for camera. Theoretically, the large the sensor is, the more image dots are able to absorb light to produce enhanced low-light images. Products of this type have narrowed down the distance between their image quality with that of SLR models.

Here are top 5 sensor compacts that are value for money.

1.     Leica X2

Description: Leica X2

Leica X2

Leica X2 is the most hi-end compact of Leica with APS-C sensor (16MP resolution, 23.6x15.8mm size) and fixed 36mm equivalent F2.8 lens.

One remarkable point is that Leica has considerably improved auto focus of X2, especially under low lighting. This has been long the downside of X1 model.

RRP is $2300.

Canon G1X

Description: Canon G1X

Canon G1X

G1X is Sony’s most hi-end model with a 14.3MP 1.5inch CMOS sensor (18.7 x 14mm). Its lens is bigger and longer than G12’s one although this compact lower optical zoom (4x 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens).

The large sensor really helps G1 X to shoot high-quality images under low lighting with an ISO range of 100-12,800 plus latest Digic 5 processor.

Canon G1 X is now available on the market for $925 while unauthorized product costs $745.

2.     Fujifilm X10 (version with fixed sensor)

Description: Fujifilm X10 (version with fixed sensor)

Fujifilm X10 (version with fixed sensor)

Fujifilm X10 has been widely popular. Introduced for a long time but with “white orb issue” due to sensor, Fujifilm has been completely fixed and improved. New fixed models are being sold on the market.

X10 uses a 12MP 2/3inch EXR CMOS sensor. Besides, there are also focus distance of 28-112mm plus f/2-2.8 aperture opening. Last but not least, X10 supports 200-12,800 ISO.

RRP is $650.

3.     Sony RX100

Description: Sony RX100

Sony RX100

Introduced recently, RX100 has drawn lots of attention. However, unauthorized as well as genuine products haven’t appeared in local market yet. RRP would be $750.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 shines with BSI-CMOS sensor having even 20.2MP resolution and 13.2x8.8mm (1inch) size. This sensor owns the same size of that on the mirror-less model Nikon 1.

Moreover, this is the first compact that Sony has equipped with White Magic LCD technology enhancing brightness and saving more energy. Besides, screen size is 3 inches and resolution comes up to 1,228,000 pixels.

Fujifilm X-S1

Description: Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1

X-S1 is the most hi-end super zoom camera of Fujifilm at present. Like its sibling X10, this device comes with a 12MP EXR CMOS 2/3inch sensor. Additionally, it also features 26x optical zoom covering 24-624mm focal length, f/2.8-5.6 aperture opening. The camera supports RAW format, 7fps continuous shooting at high resolution and 10fps continuous shooting at regular resolution.

X-S1 can perform Full HD, HD 720p recording at 30fps. Besides, this model supports 100-12,800 ISO.

RRP is $800.


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