What Digital Camera February 2013

WDC cover February 2013 issue

On sale: Fri, 18 Jan 2013

Which enthusiast compact is the best alternative to a DSLR? Our group test reveals the answer. We also have a full test of the Canon EOS 6D, and we take first looks at the Nikon J3, Canon PowerShot N, Pentax MX-1, Panasonic Lumix TZ40, Fuji X20, Nikon S1, Fuji X100S and the Samsung NX300, plus other camera and lens reviews and much more. In shops now!


Canon EOS 6D
Big Test: A more affordable full-frame DSLR than the 5D Mk III, and smaller and lighter too, will this 20MP model satisfy enthusiasts?

Compacts with Raw
Group Test: Seven enthusiast compacts tested to see which ones are the best alternatives to a DSLR. We test and compare the Canon PowerShot G15, Fujifilm XF1, Nikon Coolpix P7700, Olympus XZ-2, Panasonic LX7, Samsung EX2F, and the Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Olympus PEN E-PL5
The 16MP PEN Compact System Camera model reviewed

Nikon 1 V2
Nikon's latest CSC impressed our tester

Lens reviews
We put three zoom lenses through their paces: the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS ultra-compact standard zoom lens for Compact System Cameras; another CSC lens, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Aspherical Mega OIS telephoto zoom; and the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, an APS-C-format zoom.

Pentax X-5
With a 16MP CMOS sensor and packed with technology, this 16MP superzoom bridge camera looks perfect for enthusiasts

We review the Canon Pixma Pro-10 A3+ photo printer, the Peli U100 Urban Elite protective case, the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mk III, the Brno baLens cap, and the ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator


Fashion photographer Lara Jade gives you her tips for how she gained success

My Digital Camera
Stunning images by two readers

Why I Love My...
Justin Minns on the benefits of the Canon PowerShot G1 X

Secondhand Classic
Why the Nikon D200 is still a worthy buy

Essential Guide to Tablets
iPad or Nexus? We look at a clutch of tablets to help you choose one

Long Term Tests update
Updates from the WDC team members

Flashgun round-up - 6pack
We look at six mid-price flashguns: the Canon 430 EX II, Metz 52 AF-1, Nikon SB-700, Nissin Di866 Mark II, Sigma EF-610 DG Super, and the Sunpak PZ42X.


Live View
New photo kit and innovations from CES, the world's biggest technology show. We take first looks at the Nikon J3, Canon PowerShot N, Pentax MX-1, Panasonic Lumix TZ40, Fuji X20, Nikon S1, the Fuji X100S, Samsung NX300 and much more new kit

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Opening Shots
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