My Top 5 Most Interesting Cameras of 2016

By Leonard Goh (freelance writer/Singapore)

I went through the whole lot of cameras that were announced this year to see which were the ones that caught our attention

2016 is drawing to an end, and we’ve seen a slew of new cameras being announced this year. In September, we had Photokina, which saw major camera brands dishing out their flagship wares to the crowd. Here, I have rounded up 5 of what I think are the most interesting cameras of 2016, in no respective order.

1: Pentax K-1

Interesting aspect: Multi-angle LCD screen

While Pentax hasn’t been on the mind of photographers much, the company has still been consistent in delivering quality cameras. The K1 is Pentax’s first full-frame DSLR, and to top it off it has an interesting multi-angle LCD screen. This is implemented by using several hinges that allow photographers to tilt and swivel the display to accommodate odd shooting angles. It’s the only camera in its class to feature such an implementation, and one can only wish for the other camera manufacturers to do similar.

2: Leica M-D

Interesting aspect: No LCD screen

While the Pentax K-1 has a multi-angle screen, the fabled German camera maker, Leica, is taking the other approach. With the Leica M-D, the LCD screen is removed and in place is an old-school ISO selector. Without a display, the M-D returns photographers to their roots of shooting with film; all images are recorded in RAW, and shutter speed and aperture are controlled by dials on the cameras or lenses.

3: Fujifilm GFX 50S & Hasselblad X1D-50c

Interesting aspect: Mirrorless medium format leads the way!

It’s a tie between the Hasselblad X1D-50c and the Fujifilm GFX 50S. While Hasselblad has the accolade of being the first to announce the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera in June, Fujifilm stole the thunder during Photokina in September with the GFX 50S. It’ll be interesting to see how the mainstream crowd takes to these 2 cameras, and how other camera manufacturers react to such market changes.

4: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Interesting aspect: 60fps shooting. Nuff said.

The only Micro Four Thirds camera in this list, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has all the bells and whistles for a camera in this category. Most notable upgrade of the E-M1 Mark II over its predecessor is the maximum shooting speed of 60fps (using electronic shutter, S-AF) in RAW.

5: Nikon DL series

Interesting aspects: 1-inch sensor with fast lenses

The Nikon DL series was announced in February, and it caught the attention of enthusiasts with its large sensors and fast lenses in a compact form factor. Unfortunately, an earthquake in Kumamoto in April meant that production was delayed. Even till now, there has been no news on the availability.

Leonard Goh

Leonard is an advocate of photography in Singapore and also an educator in this field. He has served as senior writer for the now-defunct CNET Asia, before moving on to working for various camera companies in the business development and marketing capacities. He is also a co-founder of Platform, a not-for-profit photography initiative in Singapore which also published Twentyfifteen, a collection of 20 books to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50).

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