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2022 Buying Guide to Vintage Digital Camera: 12 High-Performing with Retro-Looking

Do you remember the good old days of vintage photography? Those days were when cameras were bulky and took the film, which needed to be processed in a lab. But those days are long gone. The vintage digital camera is back, and it's better than ever.

These high-performing cameras come with a retro look that will take your photography skills back to the basics. This article will discuss the features of the best vintage digital cameras on the market and help you choose the one that's right for you.

1. Fujifilm X100F

vintage digital camera-Fujifilm X100F

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The Fujifilm X100F is the best vintage digital camera you can buy. It's a great all-around camera that performs well in almost any situation, and it has a retro design that harkens back to the classic rangefinder cameras.

Specifications

  • Pixels: Effective: 24.3 Megapixels
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical Electronic
  • Exposure Modes: aperture priority, Program, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Sensor Size: APS-C 23.6mm x 15.6mm

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Retro design

Cons

No built-in flash

Limited battery life

2. Leica M10-P

Leica M10-P

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The Leica M10- P is a full-frame camera designed for professional photographers and keen amateurs. With its vintage looks and modern performance, the M is perfect for anyone who wants the best of both worlds.

Specifications

  • Pixels: Effective: 24 Megapixels
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, DNG
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Exposure Modes: aperture priority, Manual
  • Focus Type: Manual Focus Only
  • Sensor Size: Full frame(35.8 x 23.9 mm)

Pros

  • Great performance in low light
  • High-quality images
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Quiet shutter

Cons:

  • Has no video capabilities
  • Lacks Autofocus
  • No tilting display

3. Nikon Z FC

Nikon Z FC

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The Nikon Z FC is a vintage digital camera released in 2022.  The camera has a 28mm lens and is compatible with Nikon's range of lenses.

Specifications

  • Pixels: Effective: 20.9 Megapixels
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic (OLED)
  • Exposure Modes: aperture priority, Program, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.7 mm APS-C

Pros

  • High performance
  • Good quality video
  • Weather-sealed
  • Electronic viewfinder

Cons

  • Unable to withstand weather
  • Build quality is flimsy

4. Fujifilm X-Pro 3

Fujifilm X-Pro 3

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The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 is a digital camera that offers high performance in a retro-looking package. The camera is designed to resemble a vintage rangefinder and features a unique hybrid viewfinder that allows you to switch between an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder.

Specifications

  • Pixels: Effective: 26.1 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic (OLED), Optical
  • Exposure Modes: aperture priority, Program, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.6 mm (APS-C)

Pros

  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Impressive autofocus and imaging.
  • Excellent performance in low light.
  • High-quality images
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No weather sealing

5. Panasonic LUMIX GX9

Panasonic LUMIX GX9

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The Panasonic LUMIX GX-series has long been a favorite of vintage camera enthusiasts, and the GX-series continues to impress with its latest model,Panasonic LUMIX GX9. The GX-nine is a high-performing vintage digital camera that features a sleek design.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 20.28 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: MOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic (OLED)
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Program, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13 mm (Micro Four Thirds)

Pros

  • Good low light performance
  • Great tilling viewfinder
  • small and light

Cons

  • Slow focus
  • Bad ergonomics
  • It doesn't have the best kit lens

6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a vintage digital camera released in 2022. The camera is made of metal and has a vintage feel to it. The controls are easy to use, and the menu system is straightforward.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 20.3 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic (OLED)
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: 17.4 x 13 mm (Micro Four Thirds)

Pros

  • Excellent image stabilization.
  • Both size and weight are convenient.
  • Great for street photography
  • The EVF is vivid and reflects exposure adjustments as they are made.

Cons

  • Inadequate quality control.

7. Leica M10-R

Leica M10-R

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The Leica M10-R is a high-end digital rangefinder camera that is designed for street photography and reportage purposes, emphasizing compactness, durability, and ease of use.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 40.89 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: DNG, JPEG
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
  • Focus Type: Manual Focus Only
  • Sensor Size: 24 x 36 mm (Full-Frame)

Pros

  • Full-frame sensor with 40 MP resolution.
  • Wifi is built-in.
  • EVF add-ons are available.
  • A mechanical shutter that is almost silent

Cons

  • Usage with only prime lenses
  • Video support is absent
  • Expensive

8. Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

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The Olympus PEN E-PL is a vintage digital camera released in 2013. It is a compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and an interchangeable lens system. The E-PL series is the entry-level line of Olympus PEN cameras.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 16 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: RAW, JPEG, MPO
  • Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF via Accessory Port
  • Exposure Modes: Program, Shutter priority, Manual, Aperture priority, Bulb/Time, Automatic
  • Focus Type: auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: (17.3 x 13 mm)Four thirds

Pros

  • Perfect image quality, especially in low light
  • It has a tilting screen
  • Good battery life
  • Great sensor

Cons

  • It doesn't support wifi
  • The default menu setup is terrible

9. Leica Q2 Monochrom

Leica Q2 Monochrom

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The Leica Q-Monochrom is a high-performance, vintage-style digital camera designed with black and white photography in mind. It's based on the original Leica Q model but features an updated 47.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 47.3 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: DNG, JPEG
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic (OLED)
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
  • Focus Type: Auto Focus
  • Sensor Size: Full Frame (35mm)

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Built-in EVF is bright and sharp

Cons

  • No built-in flash
  • Expensive

10.  Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

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The Canon PowerShot G99 X Mark II is a vintage-style digital camera with high performance and a retro-looking design. This camera is equipped with a one-inch sensor and a three-inch LCD screen. It also features wifi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 20.1 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewfinder Type: fixed LCD
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
  • Focus Type: Auto and Focus
  • Sensor Size: 13.2 x 8.8 mm

Pros

  • Great autofocus performance
  • Best camera for traveling
  • Good in low light photography

Cons

  • The camera at times shuts down
  • The audio quality is grainy
  • Its overheats

11. Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F

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The Olympus PEN-F is a vintage digital camera that uses interchangeable lenses.

The camera body is made of metal and is very solid and durable. The shutter speed is fast , which makes it great for action photography. The viewfinder is large and bright, making it easy to compose your shots.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 20.3 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG, MPO, Raw
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Viewfinder Type: Built-In Electronic
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size:17.4 mm x 13.0 mm ( Four Thirds)

Pros

  • Image capture at 9.6 frames per second
  • A small body with an integrated EVF.
  • Filters and color adjustments are easily accessible.

Cons

  • Not weatherproof.
  • Excludes integrated flash.

12. Pentax KP

Pentax KP

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The Pentax KP is a vintage digital camera that is high-performing and retro-looking. It is weatherproof and has an ultra-compact body. It also has a three-inch LCD.

Specifications

  • Pixels: 24.3 Megapixel
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Image File Format: JPEG
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical (Pentaprism)
  • Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
  • Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus
  • Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.6 APS-C

 

Pros

  • Weatherproof
  • It has good image stability that enables good image quality
  • Small and lightweight
  • It has a great autofocus

Cons

  • Only one card slot
  • A limited battery life

Conclusion

These are the pick of the best vintage digital cameras on the market in 2022. We hope this guide has helped you narrow your search and find the perfect camera for your needs. Whether you’re looking for a high-performing device with a retro appeal or a more budget-friendly option, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect camera on this list.

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