2012 Camera of the Year Community Choice Poll

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This was a big year for digital cameras and it’s time for us to choose our 2012 Camera of the Year. We saw a lot of new cameras and incredible improvements in image quality and camera performance, including the first full-frame compact camera (Sony RX1), a 36-megapixel full-frame DSLR (Nikon D800), a dedicated black-and-white rangefinder(Leica M Monochrom) and the world’s first compact superzoom with full 4G wireless connectivity (Samsung Galaxy Camera). We’ll choose the official PhotographyREVIEW.com Camera of the Year in the next couple of days. In the meantime, this is your chance to weigh in by voting for one of the nine cameras in our 2012 Member’s Choice Camera of the Year poll.

2012 Camera of the Year Community Choice Poll

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2012 Camera of the Year Contenders

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    24-megapixel full-frame DSLR
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
    16-megapixel digital rangefinder with proprietary Fujifilm APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • Leica M Monochrom
    18-megapixel full-frame dedicated black-and-white Leica M rangefinder camera
  • Nikon D800
    36-megapixel full-frame DSLR
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
    16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera with built-in electronic viewfinder, weatherproof body and 9 FPS high-speed burst
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    16-megapixel Android-powered compact camera with 21x optical zoom and 4G wireless connectivity
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A99
    24-megapixel full-frame DSLR-like camera with transparent mirror design and built-in electronic viewfinder
  • Sony RX100
    20-megapixel pocket camera with 1-inch CMOS sensor and 3.6x 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens
  • Sony RX1
    24-megapixel full-frame sensor compact camera with 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss prime lens

You don’t need to have used the any of the cameras in the poll to vote for the Camera of the Year. All you need is an informed opinion. This poll is about the camera you feel was most innovative and moved photography forward the most. If you’d like to know more about any of the cameras on the poll, click on the links above. Click on the Quick Poll graphic to the right to go to the poll and place your vote for the 2012 Camera of the Year.

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2012 Camera of the Year Community Choice Poll Gallery
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 24-megapixel full-frame DSLR. For more information, read our Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pro Review.
Fujifilm X-Pro1
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Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1 16-megapixel digital rangefinder with proprietary Fujifilm APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor. For more information see our Fujifilm X-Pro1 First Impressions article and video.
Leica M Monochrom
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Leica M Monochrom

Leica M Monochrom 18-megapixel full-frame dedicated black-and-white Leica M rangefinder camera. For more information see our Leica M Monochrom intro article.
Nikon D800
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Nikon D800

Nikon D800 36-megapixel full-frame DSLR. For more information see our Nikon D800 intro article.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
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Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera with built-in electronic viewfinder, weatherproof body and 9 FPS high-speed burst. For more information see our Olympus OM-D E-M5 intro video.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
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Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera 16-megapixel Android-powered compact camera with 21x optical zoom and 4G wireless connectivity. For more information see our Samsung Galaxy Camera intro article.
Sony Alpha SLT-A99
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Sony Alpha SLT-A99

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 24-megapixel full-frame DSLR-like camera with transparent mirror design and built-in electronic viewfinder. For more information see our Sony Alpha A99 review.
Sony RX1
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Sony RX1

Sony RX1 24-megapixel full-frame sensor compact camera with 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss prime lens. For more information see our Sony RX1 review.
Sony RX100
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Sony RX100

Sony RX100 20-megapixel pocket camera with 1-inch CMOS sensor and 3.6x 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens. For more information see our Sony RX100 intro article.
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2012 Camera of the Year Community Choice Poll

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.


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