Let's dispense with this silly Valentine's day custom of buying your loved one a dozen red roses. If your Sweetie is a photographer, here's something red that's more practical, and won't wilt.
Not too long ago, if you were walking around with a red camera, it was probably a cheap little point and shoot with minimal features. Those days are gone. Now you can get full-featured interchangeable-lens compact cameras, advanced compacts, and even a couple of DSLRs in red. These cameras offer serious features. Are you brave enough to shoot with a red camera?
And just in case you forgot something for your loved one on Valentine's day, here's a little inspirational poem:
Cameras are red
(though some are blue)
If you forgot roses
Get one of these cameras instead, and maybe she'll forgive you!
Yeah, so I messed up the pacing at the end. That's why I'm not a poet! In any case, check out this quick guide to a dozen crimson cameras. And remember: No matter what shade or variation of red you'll see below—and there are many variations here—rest assured whatever camera you choose will stand out! Prices and availability current as of February 13, 2013.
Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm lens
Adorama price: $596.95
The 14MP Nikon 1 J3 is the latest in Nikon's growing lineup of compact interchangeable-lens cameras. It features Nikon's CX-format CMOS sensor and offers what Nikon claims is the world's fastest focus acquisition time. The Nikon 1 J3 has a 73-point AF array and 15 fps burst with continuous AF, ideal for capturing action.
Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lens
Adorama price: $799
The E-PL is Olympus's MILC mid-range camera. Redesigned to be smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the E-P3 the E-PL3's polycarbonate-bodied camera features a flip-out LCD monitor and shares the same revised sensor as the E-P3. It has six Art Filters, and is 25% smaller than its predecessor, the E-PL2. High-speed shutter allows 4.1 fps bursts, going up to 5.5fps with Image Stabilization turned off. This package, which includes a standard and long tele zoom, should cover most shooting situations.
Panasonic GF5 with 14-42mm lens
Adorama price: $399
Panasonic Lumix GF5 is the smallest of Panasonic's interchangeable-lens compacts. It holds a redesigned 12.1MP LIVE MOS micro four thirds sensor with an ISO sensitivity range up to 12,800, which is identical to the previous sensor's ISO range, and a new combination of 3D Noise Reduction and Multi-process Noise Reduction systems that the company says reduces noise both overall and especially in light and dark areas of an image, respectively, which is new. The consumer-level camera offers Contrast AF that is controlled by the sensor, so any point in the image can be a focus point using the camera's 920K, 3-inch LCD touch screen. Panasonic claims an 0.09-second lag time.
Pentax Q10 red/pink with 27.5-83mm Kit Zoom Lens
Adorama price: $599.95
The Pentax Q10, barely larger than a deck of cards, is by far the smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera in the world, thanks to its compact-camera-sized sensor. You can expect the 12MP CMOS sensor to deliver very good-quality 8x10 and 11x14 prints from ISO 100-200 images, but you need to turn on the noise reduction to get acceptable shots at higher speeds. Nevertheless, Pentax has placed manual controls at your fingertips. It is solidly built and is born complete with five lenses, an optical shoe-mounted finder, lenses and filters, as well as neat little built-in flash that lifts far enough away from the lens to reduce red-eye in people-pictures. But...do red and pink go together or do they clash? No worries: If you don't like this combination, Pentax offers this camera 99 other color combinations, all available at Adorama.
Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm kit lens
Adorama price: $896.95
When it comes to red DSLRs, Nikon stands alone. Its brand-spankin' new D5200 is available in red. It's a light but full-featured mid-range DSLR designed for photography enthusiasts ready to step up from a basic DSLR. Key features include a 24MP DX-format (APS) CMOS sensor, a new 39-point autofocus array, 2016-pixel RGB sensor for impressively accurate metering, and 16 scene modes. It has a flip-out 921k dot resolution LCD monitor, built-in HDR, and can capture 1920x1080 videos at up to 60i.
Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm Kit Lens and flash
Adorama price: $896.95
Nikon has raised the bar for image resolution for an entry-level DSLR. D3200 combines a 24MP DX-format (APS) CMOS sensor with a feature set that's designed to please snapshooters who are stepping up from point-and-shoot photography and for more serious shooters looking for a low-cost second body. Nikon's popular Guide Mode, which was introduced with the D3000, offers on-screen guidance for beginners and holds your hand as it allows you to explore the camera's range of creative picture-taking options. Full HD 1080p video capture should appeal to budget-conscious videographers. With the addition of an SB700 flash, you'll be ready to light up many indoor and low-light scenes like a pro.
Compact Digital Cameras
Adorama price: $399
Fujifilm has entered the world of posh pocket compact digital cameras. The Fujifilm XF1 is an eye-catching little retro-styled camera with an oversized (for a pocket camera) 12MP CMOS sensor, a 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-4.9 lens, and an all-new, fully customizable on-screen menu. The retro-styled compact camera is constructed of simulated leather in tan, red and black. But under the hood, the XF1 is a cutting-edge digital camera. Its lens consists of 7 glass elements in 6 groups including 4 aspherical and 3 extra-low dispersion elements. A new high-transmittance coating is said to dramatically reduce flare. Other features include image stabilization, claimed high image quality in low light and fast autofocus, and shot-to-shot time of 0.8 seconds.
Nikon Coolpix P520
Adorama price: $449
The 18MP BSI CMOS-sensor Nikon Coolpix P520 has a 42x 24-1000mm (35mm equivalent) lens. Lens-shift vibration, essential when shooting at longer focal lengths, is included, and the camera offers both full automation and full automatic operation—as well as intermediate levels of control. The camera has a 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor as well as an eye-level electronic viewfinder, and can shoot full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. A built-in GPS feature allows users to geotag their photos. While the camera doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi, the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter2 is an optional accessory that lets you share images online.
Adorama price: $379.99
Olympus made quite a splash last year when the company introduced the first system underwater compact camera, the TG-1. The Olympus TG-2 raises the bar by allowing you to submerge the camera 10 feet farther down, to depths of 50 feet. The camera continues to bee shockproof to drops of 6.6 feet, is dustproof, freezeproof to 14 degrees F, and can handle crushing weight to 220 pounds. Another new mode for this 12MP compact: Microscopic Macro, which digitally boosts zoom magnification up to 14x. As with its predecessor, the TG-2 can be expanded via a converter ring and waterproof fisheye and teleconverter lenses that can be used under the sea or on dry land. As with its predecessor the TG-2 users can share their images online direct from the camera via the optional Eye-Fi card and the Olympus Image Share smartphone app.
Adorama price: $249.00
When Sony introduced the TX100V in 2011, it was said to be the first digital still camera with both 1080p 60fps video capture and 3D still image capture using a single lens and sensor. 3D is accomplished by using 3D Sweep Panorama: Move the camera while shooting a scene in a press-and-sweep motion and it captures the scene from two slightly different perspectives and combines the images for a result that’s viewable on compatible 3D TV monitors. The camera is controlled via a 3.5-inch touch-screen LED monitor. And thanks to its internal zoom lens, it is flat and easily fits in a shirt pocket.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 130
Adorama price: $199.00
The latest in Canon's fabled ELPH line, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS camera adds Wi-Fi capabilities. Designed for snapshooters who want a traditional camera design but a step up from a basic camera, this model offers 16MP, a 28-224mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.2-6.9 lens, a 16MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-1600, 720p HD video capture, 32 preset modes that can be chosen by Smart Auto, which analyzes the scene and chooses the most appropriate settings, and ECO mode, which Canon claims extends battery life. Intelligent IS automatically chooses the best anti-camera-shake mode based on actual camera movement, and built-in Wi-Fi lets you share images to online social networks and other sources via your iOS or 'Droid mobile device.
Adorama price: $229
The Samsung WB250F is a superzoom model featuring an 18x o-tical zoom, 14MB BSI CMOS sensor. It is operated via a touch LCD screen and 5-way navigation keys. Features include Best Face, which automatically selects the best facial expressions from a burst shot to create group photos where everyone looks their best, as well as SMART Mode and Motion Photo features, allowing users to achieve pro-standard quality and creativity under any condition. With the addition of Wi-Fi capabilities, users can share high-quality photos quickly and easily.
Don't see what you want? Here are all red digital cameras currently available at Adorama!