In true sense, a camera lights up our life. Whether it is a marriage, a birthday party or any other auspicious occasion, the camera gives you those great moments to cherish all your life. These new age digital cameras have given a new meaning to photography. You may not become a professional with them but you can surely capture some great pictures of such occasions and mind you, their picture quality is not less than any professional camera.
The year 2011 saw a whole bunch of digital cameras being launched. The task to recognize the best ones is a bit difficult but there were a few cameras that became popular and each one of them had unique thing associated with them. Some of them included good optical zoom lenses, some of them had great manual controls and some of them had very usable HD video recording capabilities. So, here is the list of 5 best and the most popular cameras that arrived in the year 2011.
Canon PowerShot SX 150
Canon PowerShot SX 150 is the ‘Big Daddy’ among the other digital cameras in terms of zoom lens. It comes with a 14.1 megapixel compact camera featuring a 12x zoom lens complete with optical image stabilizer. With a versatile focal range of 28-336mm, 3 inch LCD screen, DIGIC 4 image processor, Intelligent IS technology and Face Detection along with Face Select & Track and Face Self-Timer modes, this camera flaunts a lot of lovers. The SX150 IS boasts of 32 shooting modes. The reason why this camera became popular is because it includes Smart Auto and Easy Mode for complete beginners and full manual control for the experienced ones. It has a high ISO setting of 1600, 720p HD movies with stereo sound, SDXC memory card support. The other great thing is that it is available in red, black or silver colors. The main point that added ‘Incredible’ tag to this ‘Big Daddy’ is that it is available in market at around $ 170.
Nikon Coolpix S1200PJ
Nikon presented S1220pj dressed in hot pink and black in the market. If there was one camera which could give Canon a run for its money then it was coolpixs1200pj with its 14Mp camera, built in wide –angle 5x optical zoom with a range starting at 28mm. The highlight of this camera is the Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology which offers a larger and brighter projection, the main reason for its popularity. The camera also has the ability to record videos at 720p. It has a maximum brightness of the lens at 20 lumens and the ability to output content from an IOS device. You can have your own S1220pj at around $ 400.
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5
A 10x, 25-250mm zoom lens, 10.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, built-in GPS tracking complete with a compass and full 1080i high-definition video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output. Can it get better than this?
One of the unique features of Sony’s best bet in Digital camera market in 2011 includes the new Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode. With a 3 inch LCD screen, 10fps burst shooting mode at full resolution, ISO range of 125-3200, this Camera is one of its own kind. It also includes an Optical Steady Shot with new Active Mode which can cut camera-shake. The most important feature is that it can support both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards. This amazing piece comes in black and gold at around $ 350.
Samsung isn’t much popular in cameras but it did offer a great one in 2011 when it presented flip out MV800 in the market. The thing that made everyone’s jaw drop was that it came with a pixel range of 16.15MP and produced quality 3D images. With a technology like Dual Image Stabilization, it also includes great features like USB 2.0, HDMI, face detection and an aspect ratio of 16:9.
The most interesting feature and its USP is the wide flip out 3 inch smart touch LCD screen with 180 degree rotation and a resolution of 1280×780. That was its selling point, available in the market at around $ 160.
Nikon 1 J1
For those who love to record videos, Nikon 1J1 was a treat for their eyes. This stylish camera features a 10-megapixel “CX” format sensor and the all-new Nikon 1 lens mount. It also boasts of continuous shooting speeds of up to 60 frames per second at full resolution, Full HD video capture and this is one thing that makes it different from other cameras of the same category.
With shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority, as well as Metered Manual, Nikon 1J1 is great buy. Add to it, a built-in pop-up flash with a guide number of 5, a 3 inch rear display and an electronic shutter. Due to its interchangeable lenses, video recording features and resolution, its price started at around $ 500.