The Eastman Kodak Company, better known simply as Kodak, has announced that they will not be making cameras anymore, bringing an era that lasted a 124 years to an end. The company responsible for the invention for the roll film, which played an instrumental role in movie making, is having a hard time financially and this latest decision is the result of that.
Kodak will now be expanding its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees for cameras. It will also continue with its online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing. Kodak also said that it will be honoring all the warranties as well as provide technical support and service to the cameras sold so far. Read more »
Olympus has announced the first model in its new OM-D series of Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. It features a delightfully retro design, similar to the other Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus. Olympus claims that the E-M5 is the world’s first camera to feature 5-axis image stabilization and has the world’s fastest autofocusing system.
The EM-5 features a 16.1 megapixel, Live MOS sensor, built-in 120fps refresh rate, high resolution electronic viewfinder, dustproof and splashproof magnesium allow body, tilting, 3.0-inch OLED touchscreen, RAW image capture and 1080p60 video recording. Read more »
After Sony, Panasonic and Nikon have had their go, I was starting to wonder when Canon was going to open its big bag of cameras and shower us with an unnecessarily large number of point-and-shooters. But it looks like I don’t have to wonder any more because Canon has just gone ahead and announced no less than eleven cameras.
Let’s start with the more interesting ones, that is the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS ($349.99; pictured above) and the ELPH 320 HS ($279.99). The main difference between the two is that the former has a 10.1 megapixel sensor and 12x optical zoom whereas the latter has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom. Both cameras, however, have a 3.2-inch touchscreen display and more importantly, Wi-Fi for sharing your images. Read more »
Nikon has officially announced the new D800 full-frame DSLR camera, something that was first leaked back in November. The new camera has a 36.3 megapixel (7360 x 4912) FX-format, CMOS sensor, the highest resolution sensor on any Nikon camera so far. The sensor’s size is 35.9 x 24mm, which is almost the same as the one on the D4, which is 36.0 x 23.9mm. But then the D800 has more than twice the resolution of the D4′s sensor (16.6 megapixel) so the actual pixels are going to be half the size, which does worry me a bit about the low-light performance of the camera. However, I’ll reserve my judgement till I see some high-resolution sample images.
The other important features of the D800 include Full HD 1080p video recording at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600), 4 fps burst rate, Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, EXPEED 3 image processor and a 3.2-inch, 921k dot LCD. Read more »
We’ve been keeping our ear close to the ground on this one, but now it would seem that the beans have well and truly been spilled (still unofficially you understand).
Following the initial publication and subsequent removal of product images on Amazon Japan, we got our first real glimpse of Olympus’ next four thirds retro looker, the OM-D E-M5. Read more »
After Sony and Panasonic launched their new point-and-shoot cameras, Nikon was probably feeling left out of all the fun, so they too launched a whole bunch of new cameras, nine to be precise.
The first of the lot is the new Coolpix P510, which comes with a massive 46x optical zoom, the highest for any point-and-shoot camera in the world. Considering how even the tiniest shake gets magnified when you zoom in, it will be interesting to see how the camera copes with that at the maximum zoom level. Read more »
Point-and-shoot cameras may be a dying breed but companies sure aren’t going to give up that easily. Yesterday, Sony announced three new point-and-shoot cameras (oddly after predicting the aforementioned impending death of the category) and now it’s Panasonic’s turn.
The new range includes six new Lumix cameras, the ZS20, the ZS15, the TS4, the TS20, the FX80 and the LS6. The ZS20 (TZ30 outside the US) has a 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor sensor and 24mm wide angle lens with 20x optical zoom. Panasonic claims that it is actually the world’s slimmest 20x zoom camera. The ZS20 can also do 1080p60 video recording and has built-in GPS. This camera will be available in March for $349.99. Read more »
Sony has just launched three new point-and-shoot cameras, the Cyber-shot WX50, WX70 and the TX200V. The former two are visually similar and come with identical 16.2 megapixel, 1/2.3 type (7.77mm) Exmor R CMOS sensors. The other similarities include a 5x optical zoom, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optics, Sony’s BIONZ processor, ISO 3200 (or up to ISO 12800 using software tricks) and 1080i video at 60fps. Only difference between the two is that the WX50 comes with a smaller 2.7-inch, 460k dot display and the WX70 has a larger 3-inch, 921k dot touchscreen display.
Both the cameras will be available by mid-March 2012 and will cost $199.99 and $229.99 respectively. Read more »
The team over at Nikon Rumors think that they know something we all don’t. According to their sources Nikon’s impressive DSLR the D800 will be breaking cover in early February.
Not only that, the expected kick behind the D800′s power is a 36MP sensor rather than a 24MP sensor as previously thought. Read more »
While Canon’s 5D Mark II is easily among the benchmarks in DSLR photography, one must agree that the highly revered camera is of a rather considerable age by now. After all, it was announced back in 2008.
It appears however, that its replacement might be hitting the market in the nearest future. An unknown Canon DSLR shooter has been spotted on a safari in Kenya, in the hands of a gentleman who confirmed himself to be a Canon employee, testing 200-400mm and 600mm prototype lenses. Judging by its looks, the mysterious camera is quite likely to be the upcoming Canon 5D Mark III.
The screen of the unknown Canon camera appears to bigger than both the units of the 7D or 5D Mark II. Read more »
This innocuous little white SD card is the first to use the SD association’s Wireless LAN standard, making file and photo management quick and cable-free as a result.
This is the Toshiba FlashAir WLAN SD card and it’s showcasing its talents at this year’s CES. The card actually broke cover last year at IFA 2011 too but it’s here now to drum up interest before its official launch next month. Read more »
Yesterday we told you about the newly introduced Canon G1 X large sensor compact and now that CES is officially underway we even got a change to try it out. The 14 megapixel camera was naturally enjoying quite a lot of attention, but we still managed to get a unit for a quick photo session.
The Canon G1 X is built like a tank – once you hold it in your hand you just know that it is capable of enduring quite a lot of torture. Read more »
Video enthusiasts feeling left out of all the CES hubbub can finally feel like part of the party with SanDisk’s new 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I card.
Designed specifically with burst-mode shooting at high resolutions in mind, the new card claims to be the fastest of its kind in the world. Read more »
If you love rangefinder-style cameras, you’re going to love this one. The X-Pro1 is a gorgeous new camera from Fujifilm that uses a 16.3 megapixel APS-C “X-Trans CMOS” sensor. It uses a new optical low-pass filter array, which promises to reduce the moire pattern that occurs while shooting patterns while maintaining image sharpness.
The X-Pro1 comes with a new lens mount called the X Mount that supports the new range of XF Lenses from Fujifilm. There are only three lenses available at the moment and all are fixed focus but Fujifilm promises enhanced resolution and light volume in image edge areas as well as reduced chromatic aberration with these. Read more »
Canon has brought out the big (but compact) guns in the Canon PowerShot G1 X. While it may look like a point-and-shoot camera it nonetheless packs a real punch under the hood. Its huge sensor measures 18.7x14mm, which is larger then the Micro Four-Thirds sensor and nearly as big as the APS-C sensors found in some DSLRs (22.3 x 14.9 mm for Canon).
What sets the G1 X apart from those types of cameras is that it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens – you get the 4x built in lens, covering the 28mm-112mm range in 35mm equivalent with a maximum aperture of F/2.8-F/5.6 and that’s that. Read more »