Magazine article Variety

Give These a Shot

Magazine article Variety

Give These a Shot

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From ultra high-end cameras to a free app, the latest optical choices offer an inviting bag of visual tricks for pros and amateurs alike

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

sony.com I $550

This pocket-sized point-and-shoot camera boasts a massive one-inch sensor and Zeiss lens that provides the professionallooking color depth and background-blur capability of much larger cameras. The photo quality of the RX100, especially in low light settings, easily tops similar cameras like the Canon PowerShot S100 and the Olympus XZ-1, making it the best compact on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S5

samsung.com

$199 with a two-year contract

The latest depth-of-field trickery hasn't been left out of Samsung's new Galaxy S5, with the flagship smartphone's fantastic new 16-megapixel camera boasting a selective focus feature that enables images to be manipulated. Handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 and LG G Pro 2 are among the devices that offer similar functions, but it's the first time Samsung's Galaxy has offered this kind of feature.

Lytro Ilium

lytro.com I $1,599

After impressing shutterbugs with its oddly rectangular light-field camera, Lytro's newest product looks more at home in photographers' hands. In fact, the Ilium seems like it would be more comfortable in RoboCop's hand, with its slick futuristic design, 4-inch touchscreen, large lens and advanced technology packed inside. Naturally, the Ilium, which becomes available in the U.S. in July, will enable users to alter the focus of their images after they've been taken - something Lytro introduced, and others, including Samsung, HTC and Google, are working into their own devices and software. …

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