by Gavin Stoker Published 01/04/2012
As a professional photographer you must be weighed down with big and, by connotation, expensive equipment at all times. Or so the public perception goes. For most that means the 'basics' of a pro DSLR body, or two, plus a bag of lenses. But with compacts - and in particular Compact System Cameras (CSCs) - having come on in leaps and bounds since Panasonic's G1 arrived in 2008 and Olympus' Pen followed in 2009, is a bulky set-up any longer necessary?
To investigate we've rounded up the latest compact cameras to top their respective manufacturer's ranges. Our line up comprises the Sony NEX-7, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Nikon V1, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1, Pentax K-01 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 interchangeable lens compacts. Plus, since Canon hasn't at the time of writing entered the CSC market, we've plumped for its premium-end G1X model by way of representation.
So, can any of these smaller form factor models offer enough firepower to keep the professional happy, deliver portability yet presence, and moreover produce a saleable shot? With all offering the ability to shoot RAW, JPEG or a combination of both, along with larger sensor than your average compact - and in an increasing number of cases actual APS-C sensors as found a digital SLR - there is surely the potential to discover a 'DSLR killer' amongst them.
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