Compact System Cameras are a cross between a digital camera and a Digital SLR. They offer you similar features to a Digital SLR, but handle more like a digital camera. In terms of size they also fit somewhere between a Digital SLR and a digital camera.
There are plenty of advanced features to get your hands on and you should have access to features like High Definition movies as well as manual exposure controls. A small number of Compact System Cameras have touch control LCD screens.
This type of camera is relatively new and as of yet does not have the same range of compatible accessories available at lower price points that the more established Digital SLRs have.
The Finepix X-Pro1 has a retro look and feel to it. Inside the camera is packed with a lot of the latest technology. This includes a new type of sensor that is closer in design to how film operates than a typical digital sensor. As you would expect this camera has a range of manual controls as well as a hot shoe for attaching an external flash unit. There is also a 3 inch LCD screen and a hybrid viewfinder that has both optical and electronic settings.
The Nikon 1 J1 has a selection of manual exposure controls. If is capable of capturing the action at a rate of 10 frames per second. Focusing options include a 73 point Auto Focus system. Photos can be stored in RAW as well as Jpeg. For composing photos the LCD screen is 3 inches in size. Movies options include being able to shoot Full High Definition movies, shooting slow motion movies and being able to take still snaps when a movie is being recorded.
The Nikon 1 V1 has a wide range of more advanced features. These include manual exposure controls, a 73 point auto focus system and the ability to capture action at a rate of 10 frames per second. For composing images you can choose between a 3 inch LCD screen and an Electronic Viewfinder. The camera is also capable of recording where you are in the world when a picture was taken through its built in GPS tracking system. You will also find an advanced movie mode. The camera is capable of shooting Full High Definition movies, movies that can be played back in slow motion and capturing still images when you are shooting a movie.
The E-P2 has a 3 inch LCD screen, manual exposure modes, a 3 frames per second burst mode and can shoot High Definition movies. It can also capture photos in RAW, has an 11 point Auto Focus system and has a maximum ISO setting of 6400.
The EP-3 has a range of manual controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority). It is touch screen operated through a 3 inch OLED screen. Image stabilisation has been built in and the camera is capable of shooting High Definition movies with stereo sound. There is a 35 point Auto Focus system and images can be stored in RAW mode. The E-P3 has a metal finish and is available in white, black and silver.
The E-PL1 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, an 11 point auto focus mode and can fire off shots at a rate of 3 frames per second in burst mode. You can capture images in RAW and shoot High Definition movies. Olympus have made four different coloured versions available. These are gold, silver, black and red.
The E-PL3 offers manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), manual focusing, image stabilisation and the ability to store images in RAW format. It has a metal finish and is available in silver, black, red and white. It is able to record Full High Definition movies with stereo sound. The 3 inch LCD screen tilts away from the body for when you find yourself in tricky shooting conditions.
The E-PM1 has image stabilisation, manual exposure controls and manual focusing. It also has a 35 point Auto Focus system and AF tracking. It can store photos in RAW format and has a 3 inch LCD screen. Your movie needs are catered for by the ability to shoot Full High Definition movies with stereo sound. Olympus have included an in camera user guide.
The Lumix DMC G3 has a 3 inch LCD screen that pulls out away from the body and also twists around. The screen is touch sensitive allowing some settings to be changed via touching the screen. It has manual exposure controls, a viewfinder and images can be stored in RAW mode. There is a High Definition movie mode. Stereo sound can be recorded to accompany your movie clips.
The Lumix DMC G5 is one of the most advanced Compact System Cameras. It has a range of manual controls including Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority. You can store images in RAW mode. You can select the auto focus point by touch through the 3 inch LCD screen. An electronic viewfinder is available too. You can shoot High Definition Movies with stereo sound.
The Lumix DMC GF2 is remarkably small for a camera that offers you the ability to interchange lenses. The camera body itself is almost pocket sized. There are plenty of advanced features on offer for the more discerning photographer. These include manual exposure, Full High Definition movies, 3.2 frames per second and a 3 inch touch controlled LCD screen.
The Lumix DMC GF3 is a compact size even for a compact system camera. It has a set of manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority) as well as the ability to store images in RAW format. Some settings can be accessed through a touch sensitive LCD screen. The Lumix DMC GF3 is also capable of recording High Definition movies.
The Lumix DMC GF5 can store images in RAW format. It gives you a choice of four different aspect ratios 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1. It has a set of manual exposure controls and can shoot Full High Definition Movies with stereo sound. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and is made up of 920,000 dots. This camera is small and lightweight compared with other Compact System Cameras.
The Lumix DMC GH2 has a 3 inch, vari angle, touch controlled LCD screen, a viewfinder and can shoot at up to 5 frames per second. It can capture full High Definition movies with stereo sound. It is also capable of capturing 3D still images. It can capture still images in RAW and has a full set of manual exposure modes.
The Lumix DMC GX1 offers manual exposure controls (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority), Full High Definition movies and the ability to store images in RAW format. There is a 3 inch LCD screen. The screen allows you to change some settings by touch. There is also the option to purchase a viewfinder. This is attached to the Lumix DMC GX1 via a hot shoe.
The Nex-5n has quite an array of features. It offers manual exposure controls and can shoot at up to 10 frames per second. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and is controlled through touch. There is an advanced movie mode with the Nex-5n being able to capture High Definition movie footage with stereo sound. Sony have also built in a number of tips and a help guide to make it easy for you to get started.
As well as the extra large number of megapixels available the Nex-7 offers manual exposure controls, full High Definition movies with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting LCD screen and a viewfinder. It can capture still images at a rate of 10 frames per second and has a magnesium based body. The sweep panorama mode also offers you a 3D shooting option.
The Nex C3 has a 3 inch, tilting LCD screen. You can shoot still images at up to 5.5 frames per second. It can capture High Definition movies, 3D sweep panoramas and has a 25 point Auto Focus system. Lowlight shooting is catered for with a Handheld Twilight mode and the Nex C3 comes with tips and hints built into the menu system to help get you started.