In a year of Important Cameras, here’s an opportunity to choose which one you think is the most important. Voting is open now; we’ll reveal the winner on November 27!
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2009 has been a year of Important Cameras. From new designs and formats to dramatic improvement in image capture technologies, we’ve seen a lot of innovation. Now it’s your turn to share your opinion. Which camera is the most important model to be introduced in 2009, as of November 1st?
First, here are the nominees picked by the Adorama Learning Center editorial staff. Ready to vote? Jump down to the bottom of this page, and be sure to leave your reasons in the comments section. Don't like our nominees? Write in your favorite camera in the comments.
Canon EOS 7D
With its 18MP APS sensor and lower price tag, the 7D brought HD video recording capability to within reach of more cost-conscious photographers. Nevertheless, high-quality images at ISO 12,800, a souped-up image processor, a 19-point AF system and other advanced features make this a substantial camera for serious photography.
Casio Exilim EX-FS10
At up to 1,000 frames per second, this pocket-sized camera’s high-speed movie recording can slow down objects that are faster than the human eye can see. Like a bee’s wings. At 480x360 pixels, it will capture an ultra slow 210fps. HD video–that's at 720p. And stills–up to 30 frames per second at 6 megapixels. All for…$200?
With a potential top ISO of 102,400 (at reduced resolution), and publishable results up to ISO 12800, this full-frame sensor camera (along with the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV) is getting photographers to re-think low-light photography and videography, since it will also catch 1040p HD Vids. Sports photography may never be the same.
The worlds’ smallest, lightest camera to have a full-frame 35mm-sized 18MP sensor, the Leica M9 is in a category all its own. Leica learned from the M8 and finally produced the digital rangefinder many photographers have been waiting for.
The E-P1 broke new ground by creating a new category of compact interchangeable-lens cameras. It proved it was possible to create a full-featured, palm-sized camera that can take full DSLR-sized lenses and use a DSLR-sized sensor. With last weeks announcement of the E-P2 it looks like Olympus has addressed the E-P1’s well documented flaws, but we’re nominating the first generation because of its influence.
The GH-1 was the second Micro Four Thirds camera…but the first to offer HD video, along with stereo sound. Yes, the GF-1 is also a very important camera but is too similar to the E-P1, and yes, the GH-1 it’s a refinement of the G1, a very solid performing camera, but it’s a very important one because it brought Micro Four Thirds into the Video era.
The first digital SLR to incorporate built-in high dynamic range image capture, the K7, but it also brought weather resistance, faster image processing, lower noise, built-in level, internal lens correction software and an advanced metering system to a much lower price point. And it’s compatible with every Pentax lens ever made.
Can anybody else boast a ruggedized, full-featured digital SLR with 24.5MP, 35mm full-frame sensor for under $2,000? Nope, we didn’t think so.