So many compact cameras are being thrown at us at this year’s CES that I’m starting to feel a little dizzy. Panasonic, just like the other major players in this game felt the need to introduce a large bag of digicams that are hard to tell from each other.
The first two new additions to the Lumix lineup are FP5 and FP7, which sport internal zooming. The dirt cheap S1 and S3 couple follows. Then, there is also the no-nonsense FH2 and FH5 and finally, and most excitingly, the FH27 and FH25. Read more »
Sony starts 2011 with the announcements of 11 new members of its Cyber-shot family of compact cameras. There’s a 3D-capturing shooter, four other full HD-recording point-and-shoots and six budget-minded snappers.
The star of the day is the 16 megapixel Sony TX100V. Built around a backlit Exmor R sensor, the TX100V is doing 3D still shots and sweep panoramas. This is also the first compact camera that can record 1080p footage at 60 frames per second. The final treat is the 3.5” OLED touchscreen display at the back. Read more »
Olympus announced several new additions to their portfolio at CES 2011 including the enthusiast compact XZ-1 and the Micro Four Thirds E-PL2. Along with those, the company unveiled a couple of rugged ultra compacts (TG-610 and TG-310), a budget camera (VG-120) and a superzoom compact (SP-610UZ).
Olympus PEN E-PL2 is built around the same 12 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor as its larger and more expensive sibling, the Olympus E-P2. The E-PL2 comes with a larger and higher resolution screen than its predecessor – 3” and 460k dots vs 2.7” and 230k dots. There’s also a built-in flash. The camera also comes with a redesigned version of the collapsible 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Read more »
Fujifilm has just announced the new FinePix HS20 superzoom camera with 30x zoom lens. Dubbed by its creators “the ultimate all-in-one” Fujifilm Finepix HS20 packs some serious punch under the hood.
The camera is built around a 16 megapixel backlit 1/2” EXR-CMOS sensor that allows FullHD 1080p video capture at 30fps. There’s also a high-speed movie mode for creating 80/160 and 320 fps videos (though the greatest framerate is only available for 320 x 112 pixel videos). Read more »
Samsung just announced the Wi-Fi-enabled SH100 ultra compact digital camera. It packs a 14 megapixel 1/2.33 CCD sensor and 5x zoom lens covering the 26-130mm range in 35mm equivalent, which sounds nice on its own. However its Wi-Fi functionality marks the start of a whole new chapter in the digicam evolution.
It’s not so much about the point-and-shoot allowing Wi-Fi file transfers per se – we’ve seen that before. It’s more about what else it does with it – for instance, you can use your Galaxy S smartphone to establish a connection to the SH100 and control it remotely. How about that? Read more »
Today Samsung announced a couple of new digital cameras that will be exhibited at CES 2011 expo, which will start early next year. The more interesting of the couple is the Samsung NX11 mirror-less camera with an APS-C sensor, which comes with the intriguingly sounding new i-Function. The other announcement is the WB700 compact with a zoom lens covering the ample 24-576mm range in 35mm equivalent, which even boasts RAW capabilities.
The i-Function of the NX11 EVIL camera allows you to change setting like shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, with balance and ISO straight from the lens. Read more »
Panasonic just announced the latest addition to their Micro Four Thirds camera lineup. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 as its full name goes is a really compact camera built around a 12MP CMOS sensor.
Capable of capturing Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos at up to 30 fps and weighing only 475 grams with batteries and lens, the GF2 should appeal to enthusiast photographers that don’t fancy the extra weight of a DSLR camera. Read more »
Oh, boy, is this year’s Photokina good! Panasonic is the next big player to make a major announcement at the interchangeable lens camera front. The Panasonic DMC-GH2 belongs to the Micro Four Thirds gang and packs a new 18MP multi-aspect sensor, which produces 16MP shots.
The Panasonic GH2 also offers full HD video capture and manual video shooting controls plus a sweet 460k dot tilt-and-swivel 3-inch touchscreen with smoother Live View thanks to the doubled live stream framerate. Read more »
At the start of Photokina show Sigma announced their new SD1 flagship DSLR. And by the looks of it, it might be the next big thing in photography. Packing a new 46 MP APS-C Foveon sensor the camera promises to deliver so much detail that you’ll never be temped to look back.
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3M Shoot-N-Share is a nice pocket gadget capable of capturing 720p videos. But its most important feature is the integrated pico projector for showing your works directly on the wall.
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Nikon just churned out the full specs of their next prosumer DSLR – the Nikon D7000. After we saw that teaser press shot yesterday, now we have the real deal.
The most interesting turn of events here is that the new D7000 actually occupies a new position in the Nikon DSLR portfolio. It’s placed between the current D90 and D300s models and as you would see it’s got better specs than both. Design-wise however it’s much the same as the D90 for what it’s worth. It’s almost the same size and weight as the D90 and Nikon D7000 engineers have obviously used the D90 body as a starting point for their product chassis.
But enough talking, here are the 20 new features that make the Nikon D7000 worth your time: Read more »
Pentax did it again. The company recently unveiled a few unusually looking cameras (that’s the kind way to call them ugly) and now we get to meet the Lego-styled Pentax Option NB1000. Don’t let those Lego blocks fool you. Behind them there is a real camera capable of taking 14-megapixel images and 720p HD videos.
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The first mirror-less Samsung cameras didn’t exactly blow the big players out of the water but they certainly were a decent effort. But that obviously isn’t good enough for the Koreans, as a new NX camera is just around the corner.
The first photos of the Samsung NX100 just appeared online and we have a few nice specs to go with them. Read more »
Today Canon released their next-generation mid-range DSLR, the EOS 60D. Positioned right in the middle between the Canon 550D and the high-flying Canon 7D, the 60D packs the same 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor as the two previously announced Canon DSLRs.
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Just as promised, Sony made several major announcements today. The company introduced the world’s first interchangeable lens cameras with translucent mirrors, the SLT A55 and A33, a couple of new additions to their mid-range DSLR portfolio and the wider availability for their latest prime lenses.
The translucent mirror cameras feature a semi-transparent mirror that redirects a small amount of light onto the AF sensor while allowing the rest through onto the main imaging sensor. That in turn allows for full-time phase-detection AF in live view mode. Any geek will tell you that the phase-detection AF system is by far superior to the slow contrast-detection AF systems DSLR manufacturers are using in all Live View-enabled DSLR cameras. Read more »