Best cameras for 2012 depends upon what purpose the camera is needed for.
Nevertheless, a poll of 14,807 readers on dpreview.com gave the following:
|Olympus OM-D EM-5||23.3%||(3457 votes)|
|Nikon D800/E||22.1%||(3273 votes)|
|Canon EOS 5D Mark III||14.4%||(2133 votes)|
|Nikon D600||7.8%||(1156 votes)|
|Sony Cyber-shot RX100||7.1%||(1056 votes)|
|Fujifilm X-Pro 1||6.2%||(914 votes)|
|Sony Cyber-shot RX1||5.6%||(831 votes)|
|Sony Alpha SLT-A99||4.2%||(617 votes)|
|Pentax K-30||3.3%||(485 votes)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3||2.2%||(328 votes)|
|Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i||1.8%||(266 votes)|
|Sony Alpha SLT-A57||1.2%||(172 votes)|
|Olympus PEN-Lite E-PL5||.5%||(79 votes)|
|Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS||.3%||(40 votes)|
This list would certainly be a good starting point for those looking to buy a new camera as it does list the most important cameras of 2012.
If one wants a high image quality, compact, versatile, interchangeable lens camera, then Micro Four Thirds system is probably the best for most people and these are represented here by the Olympus E-M5, Olympus E-PL5 and the Panasonic GH-3 – the latter having the best video quality and features of all the listed cameras.
If one does not care about interchangeable lenses and just wants good image quality and compact camera size, then the Sony RX100 and RX1 along with the Olympus Stylus X-Z2 should be high on your list – see dpreview’s roundup of best compact digital cameras for enthusiasts.
If you want a digital SLR, then the full frame cameras are the way to go if you can afford them – the Nikon D800 and its cheaper version, the Nikon D600, the Canon 5D Mark III, or perhaps the Sony Alpha SLT-A99.
Wish you all a Happy New Year for 2013.