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Canon announces eleven new point-and-shoot cameras

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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 announces 36 megapixel D800 and D800E full-frame DSLR cameras [UPDATE: Video sample added]

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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 »

Shots of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 four thirds DSLR leak

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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).

the front and back of the E-M5 courtesy of 43Rumors

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 »

Nikon announces new Coolpix P510 with 46x optical zoom along with eight other cameras

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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 »

Panasonic updates its Lumix range with six new point-and-shoot cameras

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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 admits point-and-shoot cameras are dying, launches new ones anyway

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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 »

Could Nikon be lifting the lid on their 36MP-endowed D800 DSLR next month?

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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.

The Nikon D800, expected to come early/mid 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 »

Is Canon 5D Mark III undergoing testing on a safari in Kenya?

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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 »

Toshiba’s FlashAir wireless LAN SD card cuts the cables to photo management [VIDEO]

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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.

Toshiba FlashAir 8GB

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 »

Canon G1 X hands-on

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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 »

SanDisk unveils the world’s fastest SDXC card, promises write speeds of up to 45MB/s

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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 »

Fujifilm announced rangefinder-style, mirrorless X-Pro1 camera, to cost $1,700 at launch

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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 PowerShot G1 X is a 14MP compact with a DSLR-sized 4:3 image sensor

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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 »

Sony unveils the first XQD memory cards in the world, charges a fortune for them

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When the Compact Flash association made those XQD memory cards official, you really wanted to give them a try right? We mean, the speed promised was so impressive that you wouldn’t be a proper geek if you didn’t.

It appears that Sony will be the first company to actually give you the chance to do so, as the Japanese just unveiled the first two XQD cards. Sony also announced a card reader for connecting the 16GB and 32GB units to your computer and an ExpressCard adapter. Read more »

Nikon D4 first still and video samples appear, look as great as expected

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Shortly after it announced its new monster of a camera, Nikon published the first sample photos and a video captured with the D4. We only got a handful of samples, but at these early stages we should be happy that we got anything at all.

We got three base ISO sample photos to demonstrate the kind of sharpness and dynamic range that the big fella offers and an ISO 6400 image, which should give us an idea of its high ISO performance. Read more »