Key specs: 16.1mp APS-C sensor, Hybrid AF, tiltable touchscreen, Wi-Fi, NFC
Price: US$965 / £599 /AU$1,027 (with standard zoom lens)
If connectivity's your thing then the Sony NEX-5T should be on your shortlist.
Following in the footsteps of last year's NEX-5R - the first Sony CSC to feature Wi-Fi - the NEX-5T boasts well-implemented wireless and NFC connectivity options.
This not only means that you can instantly upload and share your Full HD movies and 16.1mp stills shot using the camera's excellent DSLR-sized sensor and control the camera remotely, but there's a growing range of downloadable apps available from the Sony PlayMemories store, too.
The 921k-dot touchscreen is responsive and tiltable through 180-degrees - a useful feature for self-portraits - plus the Bionz processor that drove the 5R is also inherited by the newer 5T, assuring decent low-light performance throughout its ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity range.
- High-resolution touchscreen
- Wi-Fi and NFC
- DSLR-sized sensor
- Compact dimensions
- Currently limited options on PlayMemories Store
- No built-in flash
- Non-standard hotshoe attachment
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Key specs: 16.1mp 4/3" (MFT) Live MOS sensor, TruePic VI processor, Full HD Movies, Art Filters, tiltable touchscreen
Price: US$886 / £549.99 /AU$945 (14-42mm FlashAir Kit)
Headlining this pint-sized powerhouse's feature-set has to be its 16.1mp sensor, which it inherits from the acclaimed Olympus OM-D.
Coupling powerful image capture technologies with the user-friendliness and compact design that's synonymous with the PEN series cameras proves to be a winning combination, with the small, lightweight E-PL5 managing to pack in all of the essential 'must-haves' like a tilting touchscreen, rubberised grip, Full HD movies and an intuitive user interface.
Like the rest of the Micro Four Thirds range, the E-PL5 boasts an updated selection of Olympus's coveted Digital Art Filters: a plus for creative snappers and HD videographers alike, plus you get Wi-Fi connectivity using Wireless LAN FlashAir memory cards.
- Same sensor as the OM-D
- Extensive range of lenses available
- Responsive touchscreen
- Currently no remote camera control with FlashAir
- Screen isn't fully articulated
- No EVF
Key specs: 16.3mp X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II, Fast AF, Full HD movies, EVF, Wi-Fi
Price: US$1,290 /£799.98 /AU$1,374 (body only)
The new X-E2 is a feature-packed addition to the well-respected X-series cameras from Fujifilm.
A more compact alternative to the flagship X-Pro1, the X-E2 is built around the same APS-C sized 16.3mp X-Trans CMOS II sensor as the X-100S, incorporating its unconventional 6 x 6 RGGB filter array. The latter feature makes it less susceptible to moiré patterning and has allowed the anti-aliasing filter that would normally be present to be removed, with sharper, more detailed image able to be captured as a result.
The fast EXR Processor II delivers a slick user experience, with the X-E2 claiming 'world's fastest' phase detection AF system, as well as Full HD movie capture (60/30fps) and 14-bit RAW support.
Fuji's Lens Modulation Optimiser technology also ensures the best image quality is achieved from whichever XF lens you couple the X-E2 with.
- Enhanced built-in EVF
- High-res LCD
- Fast AF system
- No touchscreen
- Screen is fixed
- Advanced Filters only available in JPEG format
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Key specs: 16.05mp Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine processor, Light Speed AF, 1440k-dot OLED LVF, Wi-Fi, NFC
Price: US$1,014 /£629 / AU$1,080 (with 14-42mm lens)
Panasonic's MFT standard format means it's compatible with a wide array of lenses - not just from the company's own range - but Olympus MFT and a selection of Sigma optics, too.
This means there's plenty of scope for creativity when opting for the 16.05mp G6, enhanced further by some of its other specifications, such as its fully articulated touchscreen that can be manipulated into all manner of awkward angles for total freedom of expression.
Its up-to-date Venus processor delivers continuous shooting speeds of up to 7fps as well as a faster AF system than that of its predecessor's (the G5).
It also boasts an updated 1440k-dot OLED EVF that's clear and bright, along with advanced controls, RAW support and on-board connectivity features including Wi-Fi and NFC.
- Fully articulated screen
- Superb touchscreen
- Filters can be used with RAW
- Outdated 16mp sensor
- Creative Control options not available in advanced modes