2013 Digital Camera Trends
Last updated on 02/12/2013
2013 digital camera releases are all about speed, sharing and slim designs. Here, we analyze the latest trends popping up in the new year.
By Hillary Grigonis
Whether or not you've got a jump start on your new resolutions, the digital camera world is already slimming down and speeding up in 2013. January's new releases, as well as models expected to be out in the next few months, feature more cameras with sharing technologies, all around faster picture taking and slimmer designs. Here's a look at what to expect from the big camera names in the first few months of the year.
While not brand new to the digital camera world, more and more models are following the trend allowing cameras to wirelessly upload to a smartphone or tablet for instant (and sometimes shameless) sharing on social networks. Nikon's newest addition to the 1 line, the J3, now includes an adapter for wireless, while models like the Canon Powershot N and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 and DMC-TS5 have the feature built right in. Nikon's S6500 features glamor retouch right from the camera--for those photos that just can't go without a little adjusting before sharing via the built in wi-fi.
Wireless is about more than just sharing, however. With Panasoinc's wi-fi capable point and shoots, expected out in March, users can leave the camera in a hard to get place, then use an app on their smartphone or tablet to wirelessly control the camera settings.
|The Panosonic Lumix DMC-TS5D with wi-fi|
Samsung's update to their Galaxy Camera continues to offer smartphone-like capabilities, with 4G for sharing (even without wireless internet access) and surfing the web right from the camera. Samsung will also be releasing a few new wi-fi smart cameras, including one with a screen on the front for taking self-portraits.
Faster is becoming a buzzword for 2013 camera specs, with faster sensors, faster image processors and faster autofocus for, well, faster picture taking.
Nikon's newest additions to their 1 mirrorless line, the J3 and S1, boast both the fastest release time and continuous shooting in the world for their class, according to the manufacturer, all with continuous autofocus. The speed is attributed to the line's new image processor and CMOS sensor.
|The Nikon 1 J3 with improved speed|
Fujifilm's newly developed X-Trans CMOS II sensor, inside new models like the X100S, allows for autofocus as quick as .08 seconds, for six fps at full resolution. The new sensor also allows for reduced noise when shooting at higher ISOs. Fujifilm also improved speed in their long zoom line, with a .05 autofocus speed for the new FinePix HS50EXR.
Sleek & Slim
Many camera models are also shedding the pounds--err, centimeters. The updates to Nikon's mirrorless--cameras with interchangeable lens but a body size like a point and shoot--make the J3 the smallest in its class. Fujifilm's long zoom FinePix T550, available in March, can fit in a pocket.
|The Fujifilm X100S with a more classic body|
Not all models are following the sleek and slim trend, though. The Canon PowerShot A1400 features a design for easier grasping. And while the Canon Powershot N features a slim design, it also includes a tilt LCD screen (for those photographers who prefer not to climb trees to get the perfect angle).
Fujifilm's advanced compact models also buck the slim trend, opting instead for a rather refreshing, classic look thats reminiscent of film days.
2013 has just started, but theres a lot to look for as manufacturer's announce the release of new and upgraded models.