5 Must Have Retro Looking Digital Cameras 2

Suddenly it is hip to be retro and the photography world seems to be bitten by the vintage bug as well (not that we are complaining). Hence, the sudden influx of retro looking cameras, that seem to embrace the schmaltzy aesthetics, the pulsating colors and the sometimes kitschy retro styling. However, look under the hood and the cameras will put any regular 21st century to shame . So if you heart retro just like me, then pick a retro looking digital camera from the list below and bid adieu to the now boring punctilious lines, staid monochromatic shades and overdone chrome aesthetics.

The Fujifilm X100 Black Premium Edition

Unveiled at CES 2012, the X100 premium digital “rangefiner” takes a stab at retro styling with panache. The classic rangefinder aesthetics has a hybrid viewfinder and comes complete with a leather cover that reminds you of cameras covers  from the sixties and seventies. [Amazon $1120]

The Olympus Pen E-P1

Part vintage and part modern, this popular camera offers you retro styling in a small footprint. It seeks design inspiration from the classic Leica M-series rangefinders and of course the original Olympus Pen, hence the “P” in E-P1. [Amazon $279]

The FUUVI BEE ‘8mm’ Digicam

High on the innovative factor and low on actual specs, the Fuuvi Bee puts fun in functionality. The compact shooter mimics the jerky 8mm movies from the days of yore and the retro-styled shooter is a great alternative for those who are not blessed with a smartphone. [AudioCubes $80]


Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 Digital Classic Camera

The “Rolleiflex MiniDigi” is unapologetically retro and while many may dismiss it as a novelty gadget, any self-respecting retrophile would covet this. The 5.1 digital camera is modeled on the original twin-lens 6×6 Rolleiflex and can be purchased from [B&H Photo $259]


The Leica X1

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the drool worthy Leica X1. The compact digital camera is retro outside and modern inside and features a 12.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Providing a much needed respite from the god awful moulded plastic , the X1 is made of stuff photo enthusiasts dream of and something tells us, even Henri Cartier-Bresson would approve of the X1. [Amazon $1995]