It's that time of year again. Starting on Sunday I'm going to be doing a few posts about 2013's best cameras. Because, yes, it's fun.
Before we start, anybody got any nominations? It should be something that was "appreciably new" in 2013, not just a fine camera, and it should be something that's "of the time," that is, distinctively 2013. Although I don't see how any list-maker could resist the Lomography Konstruktor (above). I mean, this thing is geek times three...it's a film camera, a toy camera, and a plastic model kit. Like a hat trick of regression and geeky goodness.
And I haven't been able to determine if there were any new view cameras this year. Sure, most of our finalists will be digital cameras, of course, but a tiny bit of yeast leavens the bread.
Fellow geeks—erm, I mean fellow connoisseurs—your nominations please?
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Joe in L.A.: "The camera of the year to me is the Kaizen!
"You can't find a Kaizen at your local camera store? Look again. Kaizen is the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement. I first heard it used as a practice by Toyota.
"This year, the obvious trend in cameras is Kaizen. I am so grateful that I was able to return my Nikon D600 and get a D610 instead. When trying out the Fujifilm X-E2 and X100s, they seemed to be more satisfying products than their predecessors. Commenters above say the same about the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Apple iPhone 5s. There are many other examples this year.
"So, if you want to give the award to 'something that's of the time, that is, distinctively 2013,' give it to the Kaizen.
"At least until next year's Kaizen 2.0 comes out."