What was your Camera of the Year 2011.

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by bilzmale, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Nominate the best newly released (ie in 2011) camera in your opinion. You do not have to own it - just admiring is OK.

    I'll start with the Fuji X100.
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  2. stratokaster

    stratokaster Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine

    Those who didn't have a chance to handle it (yet) don't know how nice this camera is.
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  3. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    First is the Iphone 4s, that camera that is with me always, next would be the X100
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  4. pawzitiv

    pawzitiv Regular

    While I'm currently much enamored with my new GX1, for my purposes I find the Ricoh GXR Mount A12 the most compelling camera (err .. sensor module) for 2011. I don't own one but sure do admire it.
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  5. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Top Veteran

    Jul 6, 2010
    Sony NEX-5n (I have two)

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  6. I would have to go with the Panasonic Lumix G3, Feel's nice, light, Full of features, great EVF, Great swivel screen & Great image quality especially with the Pan/Leica 25mm f1.4 and 14-45mm kit lens.

    If money was no object then it would be a Canon 5D Mk2 with 35mm f1.4L but that will have to wait.
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  7. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Wow Pavel. :eek: This is a turnaround, I would have predicted the GH2 for you....so it surpasses the top-o-the-line Panasonic for video as well? A big call my friend. But knowing you it would be 100% on the money. Have you done a review?
  8. retow

    retow All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Fuji X100, by far.
    The hybrid VF is genius. The image quality very impressive, among the very best aps-c sensor cameras. The design, manual controls and build quality top. Simply a joy to use.
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    X100. Easy call. It's not the one I use the most, but I'd bet it's the one I'll have the longest.

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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    For me, it's my Fuji X100 for its image quality and its aperture ring and everything else.
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Fuji X100 for it's joy of use. I am REALLY looking forward to their ILC in the spring. Hopefully they'll have ironed out the kinks.
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  12. Well if I had bought a Fujifilm X100 that would be it but my award goes to the Olympus E-P3 which has addressed most of the issues with my E-P1, reliable and fast AF, a top LCD, an extra function button, some decent glass (like the Olympus 12mm f/2 and 45mm f/1.8), good noise control up to ISO2500 provided you get the exposure right and fun to use. It is a good looking camera too and generally gets praise from others.

    Not perfect as the white balance seems to have taken a nose dive, especially with longer exposures.
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    I am planning to do a write up on my year in review. Or at least that's the plan (amongst many other plans). So I'll hold off on my nomination. At least for now. :)
  14. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    The X100 for me for new cameras. I have to say though, the GRD3 (new to me this year) was my biggest surprise and joy!
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  15. stratokaster

    stratokaster Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    The GH2 is an excellent camera, I love mine. The NEX-7 is better as a camera, but Micro 4/3 is much better as a system, that's why I don't plan to switch to Sony NEX anytime soon.
  16. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Ricoh GRD4, without a doubt.
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  17. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Top Veteran

    Jul 6, 2010
    I'm off down the bookies as I spot a trend here. 3 to 1 on the Fuji X100 wins!
  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
  19. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    I've bought 3 cameras this year the Sony Alpha A55 , Lumix G3 and the Fuji X10.

    Of the 3 I would choose the Lumix G3.
    Although I have two other m4/3 cameras , I have always remained unconvinced that the m4/3 format was going anywhere as the kit was small but not small enough and image quality was good but not good enough .
    The G3 changed my mind.
    Not only was the camera cheap - ish , it came with Lightroom 3 , the Jpeg quality was much improved and focusing is quick enough to enable shots like this with a lightweight lens (100-300mm)

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  20. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    And now I'm feeling like I should test the x100... musttt.. resist.. and BB you know what I mean right now too!
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