Big news in the camera world, courtesy of our friends at PopPhoto: Canon just announced its first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (ILC). ILCs are great because they take, largely, the core features and image quality of a DSLR and shrink them to near-point-and-shoot size--plus, you retain the ability to swap lenses. Sony has owned the category lately, but Canon's EOS M has most of the internals of its currently excellent Rebel line of entry-level DSLRs, including the same sensor as the T4i. It'll retail for $800 when it's released in October. Read more at PopPhoto.
Our friends at Popular Photography got themselves a brand-new Canon G1 X, a super high-performance compact camera that, according to their tough tests, can compete with compact interchangeable-lens cameras like the 2011 Camera of the Year winner, the Sony NEX-7. It scored an Extremely High rating in image quality at low ISO, and retained acceptable image quality all the way up to ISO 6400. Plus, it clocks in at only $800. Check out their full test results here.
Pentax just announced their cheerfully-colored K-01, an interchangeable-lens compact camera. It's sort of in the same category as the Sony NEX-7, which we love: it's the size of a point-and-shoot, but it has an APS-C sensor and the ability to swap lenses like a DSLR. Compared to the NEX-7, it's quite a bit cheaper, and you get access to Pentax's roughly 25 bajillion (science.) available lenses, but it's also larger and does not have a viewfinder. On the other hand, yellow. Read more at PopPhoto.
Our friends over at PopPhoto got a look at the new Nikon J1 and V1, Nikon's first forays into mirrorless cameras. The big benefit of mirrorless cameras is a huge reduction in size from DSLRs--almost as small as point-and-shoots--with, theoretically, not a huge drop-down in image quality (we loved, for example, Sony's NEX-5, a similar idea). What's especially great about these Nikons is that there will be an adapter available so that you can use any F-Mount (Nikon's 35mm SLR mount) lens, so you won't have to buy a ton of new glass if you're already a Nikon user. Check out PopPhoto to see impressions and a full run-down of the new cameras. [PopPhoto]