The Report: Vintage Vibes
We’re all quite familiar with the fact that cameras just aren’t crafted the way they used to be. That old-school steel and leather design went the way of the dodo quite a few years ago, however manufacturers are slowly jumping back on the vintage-style bandwagon. Rather than getting your inner hipster going and re-adopting the impracticalities of film, photography enthusiasts can get the style they crave with all the modern convenience of the digital realm. Consider these three sleek cameras the “Resto Mods” of the photo world.
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon’s slick new compact digital offers significant performance in a sexy and lightweight package. The compact is one of the fastest-shooting digital units on the market, firing off bursts of as many as 20 frames per second. With a wide range of interchangeable lenses, it is beautifully versatile for just about any photo op you may stumble across. $550
There’s no arguing that Leica has long been a powerhouse in the world of well-designed high performance photography equipment. With the launch of the Q, the brand has capitalized on its years of solid and purpose-built gear by adding just a touch of that vintage flair from past models. This German-built 24 megapixel beast may be compact, but it has all the workings to be the last camera you’ll ever buy. $5,500
Slightly larger than the Nikon 1 J5, the X-T10 feels more familiar to a former film shooter. Its “DSLR sized” CMOS sensor allows it to capture very high quality images for its size without creeping up into the DSLR pricepoint. It also has full wireless transfer capability, shortening the jump from camera to social media feed. $1,000