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Buying Guide: Best fixed prime lens cameras

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Final updated: November 21, 2017

The fixed lens camera market may be a bit niche, but it’s here that you’ll find some of the best cameras you can buy. Sensors ranging from APS-C order to full-frame are designed to match their lenses (which cover ranges from 28-75mm equiv.) so image quality is top-notch.

This segment incorporates both pocketable models without viewfinders and ‘best worn over your shoulder’ cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with unique or ultra-high-resolution EVFs. There’s a big spread in pricing, as well. The Ricoh GR II can be had for under $600, while the Leica Q sells for around $4250.

Our pick: Fujifilm X100F

The Fujifilm X100F offers a great weight of image quality, design and price. The 24MP sensor generates flexible Raw files, but it’s Fujifilm’s excellent JPEG engine that’s the star of the show. The lens is penetrating (unless shot close-up and wide-open) and the new, larger battery has the added bonus of speeding up focus.

The X100F’s hybrid viewfinder, combined with extensive outer controls and allied with great image output, make it a compelling camera to shoot with and among our favorites in any category.

While the X100F was our favorite camera of the collection, the cameras below are also worthy of your consideration:

  • Our pick: Fujifilm X100F

Also consider:

  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Ricoh GR II
  • Sigma dp Quattro series
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Republished: dpreview.com

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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