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The best cameras of CES 2013

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Last year's CES was a big one for camera manufacturers, headlined by Nikon's ultra-high-end D4 DSLR. This year's a reversion back to the norm, to some extent — Canon, Nikon, and their ilk are saving their most important announcements for shows like CP+. There are still a handful of great cameras, though, from the new Nikon 1 Series cameras to a series of retro shooters from Fujifilm. We've collected the best and most important cameras of CES down below, so look through the list to see what you'll be taking pictures with in 2013.

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Jan 08 2:43p

Hands-on with Nikon's newest mirrorless 1 Series cameras, the J3 and S1

The compact interchangeable lens camera segment is continuing to grow this year, and Nikon is expanding its lineup with two new CX-format sensor 1 Series cameras — the J3 and S1. Both are essentially scaled-down versions of the flagship V2, with the same 15fps frame and Expeed 3A image processor.

The two cameras look almost identical, the only noticeable difference being the mode selector dial on the top of the higher-end J3. Manual controls are otherwise sparse compared to the V2 —...

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3:57a

Sigma DP3 Merrill adds 50mm focal length to pro compact camera range

Sigma has announced the DP3 Merrill, the latest in its range of unusual fixed-lens compact cameras. The DP3 pairs a 50mm f/2.8 lens with Sigma's unique APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, which essentially stacks three 15.3-megapixel layers on top of each other; Sigma claims this equates to a 46-megapixel image, though in practice the resulting shots aren't necessarily comparable to more traditional cameras. Instead, they're known for their unique color rendering and high quality considering the cameras'...

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12:17a

Hands-on with Pentax's brass beauty MX-1 camera

Pentax announced the new MX-1 point-and-shoot camera earlier today, and we just spent a few intimate moments with the brass-clad shooter. The 16-megapixel camera features a 28mm-112mm equivalent lens with a bright f/1.8-2.5 aperture and 1080p video capability. But the best part of the MX-1 is its delightfully retro design and solid construction. Pentax used solid brass for the top and bottom panels of the camera, which give it a heft that you don't normally see in a point-and-shoot camera...

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Jan 07 10:00p

Olympus puts the OM-D's 5-axis stabilization in a compact camera

Camera manufacturers are running out of ways to differentiate point-and-shoots from increasingly effective smartphones, but they'll always have more hardware space to play with. The new Olympus SH-50 is a good example of this, employing an optical image stabilization system that shifts the 16-megapixel sensor along five axes for video and three for photos; the system was first used in the excellent OM-D EM-5 mirrorless camera.

Coupled with a 24x zoom (25-600mm equivalent) lens, the SH-50...

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9:00p

Nikon's J3 and S1 interchangeable lens cameras offer the V2's power for less

It’s less than six months since Nikon announced its J2 compact interchangeable lens camera, and the company is already announcing a follow-up — the J3. At $649.99 with Nikon's kit lens, you get two big improvements for the extra $50 over Nikon’s last J: a higher-resolution 14.2-megapixel CX format sensor and the new Expeed 3A processor, both of which are found in Nikon’s higher-end V2. And the combination will pull off the same tricks on Nikon’s newest, namely shooting 15 frames per...

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4:01p

Fujifilm's 2013 lineup of 'bridge' cameras brings extreme telephoto capabilities to the masses

Fujifilm has just introduced a fleet of new "bridge" cameras at CES, with planned availability this March. All of these cameras lack interchangeable lens, but offer functionality and flexibility closer to what you'll find in a DSLR or mirrorless camera than a point-and-shoot. The flagship model in this new crop of shooters is the $549.95 HS50EXR, a camera that focuses on speed and an incredible zoom range that looks essentially like most entry-level DSLRs on the market, but without the...

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3:37p

Fujifilm's X100s and X20 will launch in late March at $1299.95 and $599.95 (update: hands-on photos)

We're live at Fujifilm's CES 2013 press conference, and the company just announced pricing and availability for its X100s and X20 rangefinder-style cameras. The X100s will cost $1299.95 while the X20 will cost $599.95, and both will be available at the end of March. As we learned the other day, the X100s has been updated with a new 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, as well as a faster processor, the EXR II. Fujifilm promises the sensor will allow for autofocus of .08 seconds, and...

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10:09a

Canon's pocket-sized PowerShot N bridges the gap between your smartphone and a 'real' camera

Canon's new PowerShot N is the camera you keep in your pocket when you want something more powerful and versatile than a smartphone. It's a little guy, just 3.09 inches wide and 2.37 inches tall with a 2.8-inch touchscreen that tilts 90 degrees to line up pictures at indirect angles. The N also features both Wi-Fi and a new "Mobile Device Connect" button, a kind of smartphone tethering for instant mobile uploads. Once it's set up, users can just press the button, launch the app on their...

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9:37a

Pentax introduces retro-styled point-and-shoot with a brass body and strong low-light capability

Camera design has been moving retro for several years now, and Pentax's new MX-1 point-and-shoot is just the latest example. This new camera features a brass body with textured grips, a fast f/1.8-f/2.5 lens that features an effective zoom range of 28mm-112mm, and a newly designed 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. While the smaller sensor doesn't match what's being offered in mirrorless cameras, but Pentax is touting its low-light sensitivity — the camera can reach a max ISO of 12,800, which is...

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