Imaging Resource Announces the Best Cameras and Lenses of 2013


Dec 11, 2013, 10:26 ET from Imaging Resource

WOODSTOCK, Ga., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading digital camera and lens review website has announced the winners of their annual Camera of the Year (COTY) awards, recognizing the site's top rated picks in 13 categories, this year including multiple categories for mirrorless cameras. The cameras and lenses honored represent the very best from the camera manufacturers, including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony, while the awards guarantee sure-to-please choices for consumers and photo enthusiasts this holiday season.


For more than 15 years, Imaging Resource has combined deep, objective laboratory testing with hands-on real-world experience. IR's reviews transcend technical specifics and pixel peeping to show readers what they can expect from their cameras in daily use. The COTY awards build on this in-depth review process and over a century of combined photo experience on the part of IR's editors to showcase a wide variety of cameras, from family point-and-shoots to pro level cameras for seasoned side-line shooters.

Full details on the awards and all the winners can be found on the Imaging Resource 2013 Camera of the Year announcement page:  

Categories and winners for 2013 are:

  • Best Overall Camera
    • Camera of the Year: Sony A7R
    • Cameras of Distinction: Sony A7, Olympus E-M1
  • Best new Technology
    • New Technology of the Year:  Dual-Pixel AF (Canon EOS 70D)
    • New Technology of Distinction:  Selectable antialias filtering (Ricoh Pentax K-3)
  • Best Pocket Camera
    • Pocket Camera of the Year: Sony RX-100 Mark II
    • Pocket Camera of Distinction: Panasonic LF1
    • Pocket Camera of Distinction: Fujifilm XF1
  • Best Entry-level DSLR
    • Entry-level SLR of the Year: Pentax K-50
    • Entry-level DSLR of Distinction: Nikon D5300
    • Entry-level DSLR of Distinction: Canon SL1
  • Best Entry-level Mirrorless Camera
    • Entry-level Mirrorless Camera of the Year: Olympus E-PL5
    • Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera of Distinction: Samsung NX2000
    • Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera of Distinction: Sony NEX-5T
  • Best Value
    • Value Camera of the Year: Sony NEX-3N
    • Value Camera of Distinction: Canon EOS M
    • Value Camera of Distinction: Olympus E-PM2
  • Best Professional Camera
    • Professional Camera of the Year: Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Best Enthusiast DSLR
    • Enthusiast DSLR of the Year: Nikon D7100
    • Enthusiast DSLR of Distinction: Pentax K-3
    • Enthusiast DSLR of Distinction: Canon 70D
  • Best Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera
    • Enthusiast Mirrorless of the Year: Panasonic GX7
    • Enthusiast Mirrorless of Distinction: Samsung NX300
    • Enthusiast Mirrorless of Distinction: Fujifilm X-E2
  • Best Lens
    • Lens of the Year: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
    • Lens of Distinction: Sony FE 55mm f/1.8
    • Lens of Distinction: Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8
  • Best Enthusiast Zoom Camera
    • Enthusiast Zoom of the Year: Sony RX10
    • Enthusiast Zoom of Distinction: Olympus Stylus 1
  • Best Pocket Interchangeable Lens Camera
    • Pocket ILC of the Year: Panasonic GM1
  • Most Unique Camera
    • Unique Camera of the Year: Nikon Df
    • Unique Camera(s) of Distinction: Sony QX series
    • Unique Camera of Distinction: Fujifilm X100S

About Imaging Resource:
Founded in 1998, Imaging Resource has set the standard for independent, authoritative testing of cameras and lenses for over 15 years. Combining rigorous laboratory tests with hands-on real-world shooting experience, their product reviews go far beyond mere pixel-peeping, showing readers what they can expect from their cameras in daily use. Imaging Resource's mission is "To lead consumers and professionals to successful experiences with their photo gear," and they've done just that for millions of readers every year since 1998. 

SOURCE Imaging Resource