Claming to be the world’s first compact camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, the RX1 aims to deliver DSLR quality imaging but in a much smaller body. The 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor will allow more light in to produce images with great clarity, while the Carl-Zeiss 35mm F2 fixed lens should let you get nice and close to pictorial targets. At 70mm thick and just 482g in weight, it will also be less of burden carrying around on your hols without compromising on the snapping quality.
Price: £2,600 | UK Release date: November 2012 | Link: Sony
Canon EOS 6D
Following on from the EOS 60D in style, shape and weight, is the EOS 6D packing a 20.2 megapixel camera with full-frame CMOS sensor ideal for the photo-enthusiast. Canon have put a large emphasis on photo sharing with their latest range of cameras boasting in-built Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity to get pictures out on the web promptly.
Price: £1,799 (body only), £2,519 (with 24-105mm f/4 lens) | UK Release date: December 2012 | Link: Canon.co.uk
This retro-styled compact camera stays well and truly in its comfort zone. With the same sensor featured in the X-S1 and X10 (2/3-inch EXR-CMOS) there is no doubt that the camera will produce decent images while the faux-leather finish, available in tan, black and red, is certainly an acquired taste.
Price: Around £400 | UK Release date: November 2012 | Link: Fujifilm.eu
Unleashing a trio of new cameras, the Q10 is an interchangeable lens camera that Pentax says is no larger than a deck of cards. Featuring a 12.4-Megapixel sensor and high performance imaging engine delivering the high grade pics, the new CMOS image sensor, faster autofocus and maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400.will also improve overall performance and image quality. AF Assist Light will help shooting in the dark with face detection support for up twelve faces. Instagram lovers will also appreciate the choice of eleven filters that can be applied to still and full HD movie clips during and after they have been captured.
Price: £379.99 (including 02 zoom lens) | UK Release date: Early October | Link: Pentax.co.uk
This luxury camera currently only exists in prototype form, but the partnership between Sony and Hasselblad intends to stitch together high-end camera tech with top-quality aesthetics. Under the hood is a 24.3MP APS-C format sensor, 25 AF points, capable of 10fps shooting and ISO settings 100-16000. Each camera can be custom designed with ‘luxury’ materials including: wood, carbon, titanium, leather and gold – yes, gold.
Price: Estimated from £5000 (depending on materials) | UK Release date: Early 2013 | Link: Hasselblad
The anti-Christ to compact cameras, this durable beast is as large as its price tag. For just over £16,000 the Leica S will produce 37.5MP from a low noise CCD sensor ensuring better performance in low light, better colour and white balance as well as a constant continuous shot that is only limited by your memory card size.
Price: £16,000 | UK Release date: December 2012 | Link: Leica-Camera.com
Olympus XZ-2 STYLUS
Olympus has fixed up its entry into the pro-compact market, building upon the XZ-1 by adding a 12.1MP CMOS sensor now with Full HD and sound recording. A new forward-tilting touch screen and detachable grip makes this dependable camera even more versatile, despite lacking a physical viewfinder.
Price: £440 | UK Release date: Autumn 2012 | Link: Olympus
Panasonic Lumix GH3
An interchangeable lens camera that also doubles as a pretty decent video camera, the GH3 boasts a 16.05-Megapixel Live CMOS sensor and a powerful Venus Engine to cover static and dynamic bases. Packed inside a compact body that weighs just 550g, the ultra-high-speed and precise Light Speed AF for snapping things at speed while you can shoot 1080 50p Full HD AVCHD video with MP4, MOV and AVCHD amongst the supported video formats. It’s also splash-proof and dust-proof which means it won’t let you down in tough terrains.
Price: £1,000 | UK Release date: November 2012 | Link: Panasonic.co.uk
Leica X2 Paul Smith edition
Famed for its lover of all things retro and luxurious, Leica has given the X2 a design makeover courtesy of the iconic UK fashion line offering the compact camera in a mix of bold black, green and orange colours. Sporting the same specs as the current X2 camera which includes a 16-Megapixel APS-C sensor and 24mm f2.8 aperture lens, you’ll find signature Paul Smith traits throughout the design from the bright orange metal top plate to a hand-drawn, engraved light bulb doodle. A host of similarly Paul Smith inspired accessories will also be available including a carrying strap, camera protector and a special lens cleaning cloth.
Price: £2,000 | UK Release date: Out now | Link: Leica
Samsung NX lenses
Whilst not strictly unveiling a new camera, like the Galaxy camera at IFA back in August, Samsung has expanded its NX lens range to 11 after launching two new lenses compatible with NX20, NX21 and NX1000 cameras. The 45mm f/1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens and 12-24mm f/4-5.6 ED ultra-wide zoom lens certainly have different jobs but both are lightweight and compatible with Samsung's i-Function system.
Price: £229.99 (45mm), £479 (12-24mm lens) | UK Release date: Early 2013 | Link: Samsung.com/uk