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Top 5: Bestselling digital cameras

Last updated on: July 29, 2013 19:18 IST

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Manmohan Singh

A quick look at this year's bestsellers so far

1. Sony DSC-RX100

DSC RX100 by Sony is a pocket sized digital camera that features world's first 1.0 type CMOS sensor along with 20.2 effective megapixels and with F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens that lets you zoom optically up to 3.6x.

The ultimate images when seen in playback are packed with details that are held tightly. As far as the video recording is concerned, it can be shot in Full High Definition, with negligible noise.

The dimensions of the CMOS sensor are 13.2mm x 8.8mm and the Exmor CMOS here, has been combined with the enhanced imaging processor, BIONZ. This combination delivers optimised noiseless projection and fine-tuned defocus images.

All the composition is done via 3 inches wide Xtra Fine LCD that has a 921,000 dot resolution and 16 million colors reproduction. The RX100 sports New WhiteMagic technology that uses white pixels in addition to the RGB colour scheme to enhance the brightness of the screen.

With all that in the specifications sheet, the camera's MRP is pegged at Rs 34,900. A digicam with such features tacitly explains as to why it is the best.


Image: Sony DSC-RX100
Photographs: sony.co.in

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2. Canon PowerShot G1 X

G1 X, as taglined by Canon, is really no coincidence, for the camera sports the largest sensor at 1.5 inches with optical zoom up to 4x. It does not beat RX100 by megapixel count with 14.3MP but the high-sensitivity CMOS sensor of this size is worth to produce great imagery.

You can even have 14-bit RAW files of images at hand, the ISO at max reaches 12800. Fans have a fad for this sensor because it allows continuous high-speed shoot at 4.5fps and AF control over moving subjects.

Another exciting feature is the image stabiliser that chooses optimum IS for all shoot conditions, for both videos and photos. The IS even recognises when you are panning, taking a macro shot or a telephoto shot, and prevents any shake or jerk by both subject and the camera, and apparently is the main reason for buying the camera.

G1 X is very compatible with an array of EOS accessories that are basically intended for EOS DSLRs. The camera can also be taken underwater, since WP-DC44 casing can be availed for G1 X. It is priced nearly 10k higher than RX100, at Rs 47,995.

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Image: Canon PowerShot G1 X
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3. Fujifilm X10

Specs only for X10 shall give the reason, why it is in the league of the bestsellers. The camera has got manual zoom up to 4x with 12MP 2/3 inches EXR CMOS sensor. The LCD monitor is 3.0 inches wide with ISO sensitivity reaching the same figure of 12800 ISO as in G1 X. There is the much craved, optical Viewfinder with the tag, Fujinon.

And the flash is super intelligent as specified by the maker. Diving into the specs reveal more excitement, for the screen is 460,000 dot tilt able LCD screen. You can have high speed continuous shooting and record files in RAW format. There is an option for 360 degrees motion Panorama.

There is mode dial like the one you get in DSLRs, PSAM, as standard, movie, auto, advanced, EXR, and scene position. There are even several playback functions. As hinted, the optical zoom goes up to 4x but the digital zoom doubles the capability.

For India, this remarkable camera comes at a price of Rs 40,000.

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Image: Fujifilm X10
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4. Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon states this performance series camera combines functions with performance. It sports an optical zoom up to 7.1x, the best in the list till yet. The sensor is a 12.2MP, backside illumination CMOS sensor. The screen is 3 inches wide with 921,000 dot vari-angle LCD monitor. This camera delivers excellent image quality under dark lit conditions.

The lens is a NIKKOR glass lens, which is the best of the entire COOLPIX series. It comes coupled with advanced lens-shift Vibration Reduction image stabilisation. What Nikon emphasises about this camera is that it performs very well under low light conditions. The factors behind it are wide-aperture lens, high ISO, and extra-large CMOS.

When you have held shutter for a fast 8fps shoot, the end product is just remarkable. Coming to the video shoot, you can capture videos at 1080p resolution, and the same can be viewed over your HDTV with HDMI connectivity option that comes with the camera. It gets shipped with HDMI card, Pouch, 4GB card, all at price of Rs 24,950.

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Image: Nikon Coolpix P7700
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5. Sony Cyber-shot HX20V

Here comes a ground-breaking camera named HX20V from Sony that features optical zoom up to 20x with unbelievable high-speed AF. The sensor is 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS that uses extra high sensitivity technology. The pictures that we get in and out of the cam features superb quality, blur, and shake free images.

The video recording is obviously Full HD at 1080p. You can zoom up to 40x digitally, and Sony has gone the length to define it as clear image zoom. The AutoFocus is of high speed.

As far as the creative effects are concerned, there are four vivid effects and other options that count among its features. The auto mode has been tagged as a superior one, for it wisely evaluates the scene and chooses apt settings for a scene to be captured.

The panorama mode is 'intelligent' as Sony specifies it stitches the images as you pan across the scene and the outcome is indeed true intelligence. Specs justify it being in the list of the best selling cameras with a price tag of Rs 19,990.

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Image: Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
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