Sony A7: Fresh Full-Frame Fun

Like a mama seal watching her pup balance its first ball on its nose, Sony is proudly introducing its A7 and A7R cameras, calling them “the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models.” Weighing just a pound or so each, it’s quite impressive that the A7 (body only $1,700) and A7R bring full-frame sensors to the table, and thus much better low light performance than smaller sensor cameras. It’s the breakthrough equivalent of the aforementioned seal growing legs, then flipper-dribbling that ball between those shiny wet gams.

Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera: Sammy Says Smile

Despite those pesky allegations of price-fixing, Samsung has been on quite a roll in recent years. From their slick TVs to the iPhone-beating Galaxy S III, Sammy’s soarin’. But when it comes to cameras, Samsung has been stuck in the back of the bus. Maybe that changes with the bold new NX300, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a redesigned 20.3MP sensor, ability to shoot 3D and 2D stills and video, and a very cool 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen. The funky retro styling also should be noted, and as evidenced by this sentence, it has.

Canon EOS M

Your new year’s resolution to take more “tastefully nude” photos of your girlfriend has stalled, because every time she’s in the mood, you need 15 minutes to set up your fancy camera. By that time, she’s come to her prudish senses. Well, Canon’s EOS M ($800) is ready to help you out with that. Canon’s first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera means superb quality in a much smaller form factor, plus the ability to swap lenses. Cuz let’s face it, sometimes you need that zoom lens for the girl down the street.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

As evidenced by Kodak’s hard times, the days of film-based cameras are gone. However it’s not too late to look like you’re still using film. Besides being just 21 letters away from containing the whole alphabet in its name, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 ($1000) sports a classic design that harkens back to the days when a dark room was used for more than just shadow puppets and 40 winks. The 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor guarantees great shots, and its textured leather covering around the body will give you the warm fuzzies as you flashback to the 20th century. That said, this one is still being aimed at the advanced-to-pro photographer set, so prepare to pay good money for those good memories.