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Review by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla First published in Speed January 2015 Fujifilm has been on a streak of sorts with both its fixed lens X100 variants and its interchangeable-lens X-T1 bodies. So, it’s easy to miss the midrange point-and-shoot that

We expected a full-frame sensor in a compact body, but we never expected Sony to be the company to pull it off—nor did we expect the results to be so astonishing. Sony’s RX1R looks rather unremarkable and can pass for any prosumer point-and-shoot camera. Upon closer inspection, however, one realizes that this is a Sony product that’s destined for legendary status.

Smartphones are quickly killing off point-and-shoot cameras the way they obliterated the standalone MP3 market. People don’t want to carry an extra device if they don’t need to. And if they feel that the picture quality from smartphones is adequate for most uses, then why bother getting a standalone P&S? For Canon, the answer is the PowerShot N. Designed to be super portable and touch-friendly, it is no bigger than most smartphones yet has a larger sensor, longer optical zoom, and some innovative features.

The latest in Sony’s 3-year-old Alpha NEX-5 series of Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILCs) is only a slight upgrade from its predecessor. In fact, the differences are pretty hard to catch, so I’ll make sure to point them out to you while also looking at the NEX-5RL as the notable standalone camera that it is.

Fujifilm is on a roll with the X-Series, launching one improved camera after another. Their latest MILC is no different. Just as it was unveiled, already the specs impressed and street photographers, who seem to be particularly enjoying Fujifilm’s digital