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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Prosumer Digital Camera

Best Prosumer Digital Camera

The prosumer digital camera segment remains one of the main focuses of the digital compact camera market, with many manufacturers choosing to update the current models they have in their stable. But why is this an important camera class? This is because a good prosumer camera comes with advanced controls and good image quality, yet is compact and easy to use. Thus it works well as either a companion to your DSLR camera or as your main compact camera, even for beginners. With such a diverse range of requirements, it is no wonder digital camera vendors are heavily focusing on this segment to offer an ideal compact camera that suits many needs. As such, we've once again chosen appropriate contenders that were made available between December 2012 to November 2013 to vie for the title of the best prosumer camera that is compact, light and has both automatic and full manual controls.

Nominees:

 

  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Olympus Stylus XZ-10
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark II

 

And the Winner Is...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark II

 

Similar to its predecessor, the first RX100, the Mark II isn’t the slimmest or most compact model in the lineup, but what makes it outstanding is the fact that it houses a one-inch sensor inside a body not much larger than the Panasonic LX7. Because of this larger sensor, noise control is markedly better than the competition, with a slight softening of detail after ISO800.

It also gains a tiling LCD, something the original RX100 lacked. Of course, the Sony RX100 Mark II isn't perfect; the AF does get confused occasionally , which makes it a pity that the RX100 Mark II does not come with a touch-to-focus display. But if image quality in a compact is your priority, you can’t do any better than the Sony RX100 Mark II.

Take note that individual review ratings are applicable for each product at the time of publishing the respective articles, but a shootout or comparison of products conducted over a period of time may require adjustment in ratings to better reflect the products' standings across a group of products. Furthermore, pricing, availability of accessories and advancements in firmware over time also help contribute to each camera's standings. As such, taking all things into consideration across the board, we've adjusted the ratings for some of the cameras to better reflect our current comparison.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Canon PowerShot S120
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Olympus Stylus XZ-10
Sony RX100 Mark II
Physique 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
(adjusted down from 8.5 in original review)
8.5
Features 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 9.0
User-Friendliness 8.5 8.0 8.5 7.5 8.5
Performance  8.0 8.0 8.0 7.5 9.0
Value 8.0 8.0 8.5
(adjusted up from 8.0 in original review)
8.0
(adjusted down from 8.5 in original review)
8.0
Overall 8.5 8.0 9.0 7.5
(adjusted down from 8.0 in original review)
9.0
Price S$599 S$899 S$599 S$548 S$999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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