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Top five digital cameras at CES 2011

CES 2011 camera highlights

Despite Cologne’s Photokina camera show being only a few months ago, there were a host of interesting digital cameras unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Fujifilm X100 was close to making the list, yet despite its imminent launch date, the model on show was only a prototype and still not a fully functioning camera.

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus was clever with the XZ-1. The company showcased a prototype at Photokina in September and successfully drummed up a lot of interest. And the camera didn’t disappointment.

While Olympus has had a few superzooms in previous years, this is the first time we’ve seen a compact bridge camera from the manufacturer. It’s great to see a new rival for the likes of the Canon G12, the Nikon P700, the Samsung EX-1 and the Panasonic LX5.

Samsung NX11

Samsung NX11

Samsung’s NX11 builds on the the design of the NX10 and the features of the NX100. Which? has full camera reviews of both models so if you take a read and imagine something in between the two models you can envisage what the NX11 is like.

This mirrorless compact is smaller than a DSLR but still offers interchangeable lenses. It has a built in flash and viewfinder – like the NX10, and the new iFunction lens – like the NX100.

Canon PowerShot A800

Canon PowerShot A800

Not all cameras have to boast a ton of features to make our top five cameras of CES 2011 list. In fact, sometimes simple and very affordable can be beautiful.

The PowerShot A800 is just that. This point and shoot camera has a 10Mp sensor, 19 scene modes to help the less confident photographer, and a 3.2x optical zoom. It’s powered by two AA batteries, so you should always be within a few minutes of being able to buy spares – and it comes in with a price tag way below £100.

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL2

The Olympus E-PL2 isn’t a radically redesigned version of the E-PL1, but what’s fascinating about it is its range of accessories.

Of particular interest is the alien-like macro lamps (pictured) and the PenPal Bluetooth adaptor for sharing photos easily with mobile phones or other E-PL2 users with the Bluetooth adaptor.

Samsung SH100

Samsung SH100

The Samsung SH100 has an interface that looks more like a mobile phone’s screen than a digital camera’s. What’s more, it can be controlled remotely by an app on an Android mobile phone.

It also features wi-fi connectivity, so it can share pictures instantly to photo-sharing websites such as Facebook.

Find out more about these cameras and others in our digital cameras at CES 2011 report.

Related content:

  • Compact camera reviews
  • Bridge camera reviews
  • DSLR and system camera reviews

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