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With a sub-$1,000 starting price, this recently announced DSLR camera from Canon -- the EOS Rebel T2i -- gives those seeking to make the move from a point and shoot camera to a more advanced camera a great option to consider. The ability of this camera to fit well with both beginning DSLR users, as well as intermediate-level photographers, makes it an easy choice as one of the best cameras in 2010.
The Rebel T2i includes 18.0 megapixels of resolution, and it can shoot in both JPEG and RAW modes. It can shoot full 1080p HD video and includes a 3.0-inch high resolution LCD.
The Rebel T2i, which is only available in black, is available both as a standalone camera and in a kit with a starter lens. Any lens that fits a Canon EF lens mount will work with the Rebel T2i.
Fujifilm's award-winning EXR image sensor appears in the FinePix F300EXR. The EXR image sensor, which helps cameras succeed in especially tough shooting conditions, helped Fujifilm win a 2010 DIMA Innovation Award with its FinePix Z700EXR camera.
With the F300EXR, you'll find 12.0 megapixels of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD, 720p HD video movie recording, and a 15X optical zoom lens. Measuring only 1.3 inches in thickness, the F300EXR is one of the thinnest cameras available with such a large zoom lens. This is simply one of the best cameras I've ever reviewed, and it has some staying power as one of the best cameras in 2010.
Fujifilm's FinePix XP10 picked up more than its share of a stylish and colorful look, offering an interesting non-symmetrical camera body that's available in five colors: Black, blue, green, pink, and silver. The lens is off center and the left side is rounded, giving the XP10 a unique look. It's mix of style and toughness gives it a spot on my list of best cameras of 2010, along with pretty good performance levels.
The XP10, which is called the XP11 in some parts of the world, measures only 0.9 inches in thickness. It also offers some "tough" features, including the ability to survive up to 10 feet of water, a 3-foot drop, and 14-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.
The CW450t's touch screen LCD is smaller than most I've seen, measuring only 2.7 inches diagonally, but it's still impressive to find a touch screen in a camera in the sub-$100 price point, which is why the CW450t is one of the best cameras of 2010.
You'll find 25 scene modes with the CW450t, along with 12.2 megapixels of resolution, a 4X optical zoom lens, and AVI video. The CW450t's camera body -- available in blue and merlot -- measures 1.13 inches in thickness.
The latest DSLR camera from Nikon, the D3100, is a good beginner camera for intermediate photographers, as it includes on-screen help guides, giving photographers more opportunities for learning how to use their cameras. Much like the T2i mentioned earlier, this camera makes the list of best 2010 cameras because of its flexibility to appeal to a wide variety of levels of photographers.
The D3100 includes a 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor. which should create high-quality images. Additionally, the D3100, which was named a 2010 CES Innovations honoree, offers 11-point auto focus, a viewfinder, and the ability to use the built-in flash or an external flash unit.
The PEN family of EVIL cameras offers a retro-looking, compact camera body, which is a lot of fun to use. The PEN E-PL1 has the large image sensor found with advanced cameras that creates such sharp, vibrant images, despite its small body size. The PEN E-PL1 measures 4.51 by 2.84 inches, and it is only 1.63 inches in thickness.
With 12.3 megapixels of resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD, and 720p HD video, the PEN E-PL1 is a very nice entry-level EVIL camera.
Unlike the other PEN models from Olympus, the PEN E-PL1 is available in more than one body color: Slate blue, champagne gold, or black. I'm a big fan of the PEN models from Olympus, and I'm sure the E-PL1 will not be the last PEN camera that makes my list of best cameras for the year.
The NX10 from Samsung offers interchangeable lenses like a DSLR camera, but it is smaller in size because of its mirror-less design. (Cameras with a mirror-less design, such as the NX10, are called DIL or EVIL cameras.)
The NX10 has a 3.0-inch AMOLED screen, which is brighter than traditional LCD screens and uses less power. (AMOLED is short for active-matrix organic light emitting diode.) In addition, Samsung has included 14.6 megapixels of resolution with this model. Samsung is offering the NX10 in black, silver, or a limited-edition white, and this camera has won both a DIMA Award and a Plus X Award. This camera was an easy choice as one of the best 2010 cameras.
Geotagging just became a lot easier, thanks to the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 from Sony, which includes a built-in GPS system and a compass. The DSC-HX5's list of powerful features doesn't stop there. You'll find a 10X optical zoom lens with limited wide angle capabilities, support for both Memory Stick Pro and SDHC memory cards, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, and full HD video options. Sony is a bit under-rated as a camera manufacturer, in my opinion, and the high quality of the HX5 shows that. It's clearly one of the best 2010 cameras.