For the past several years, I’ve presented an annual Camera of the Year award nicknamed the Ernie, in honor of the late Earnest E. Mau, a photographer, computer pioneer, and friend who didn’t live long enough to get his hands on a really good digital camera. My main rule for giving this award is that it is based on my hands-on experiences with a camera I actually used and shot under all kinds of conditions but in 2013 not many camera companies were forthcoming with review units for a no-holds barred test. And I didn’t feel that I could award a Camera of the Year based just on the company’s press releases. That is why this year, while many new camera were launched, especially in the mirrorless space, I was not able to test a single one and so for 2013 no “Camera of the Year” award will be presented.
The Panasonic Lumix GM-1 shown above was certainly a contender for the award and while I actually did get to hold one in my hands at a camera store was unable to make any pictures with it but I think that this camera is indicative of a trend that all of the real imaging innovations are coming from companies building these kinds of clever mirrorless cameras.
Because I think mirrorless cameras are important, I’m launching a new blog starting tomorrow called Mirrorless Photo Tips. If you look at today, it’s mostly empty but tomorrow there will be an initial post and on Monday January 6, 2014 there will be daily—Monday through Friday—posts on how to get the most out of your mirrorless cameras. Please visit that site and this one during 2014. In addition to the new site, we have some exciting interactive activities planned along with a daily how-to posts to help improve your photography. As always suggestions about topics to cover on either blog are appreciated; click the CONTACT button above and leave a note.