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{ Monday, February 27, 2012 }
 

Sony announces GPS-equipped Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V super zoom

Sony today announced a whole bunch of point-and-shoot cameras and I'm going to start with their GPS-equipped super zoom model, the DSC-HX200V:

Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V [specs]

  • 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • F2.8-5.6, 30X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, equivalent to 27 - 810 mm
  • Enhanced optical image stabilization works in 3 directions (including rolling); Active Mode available for extra shake reduction when recording movies
  • "Lightning fast" AF system locks focus in 0.13 in daylight and 0.24 seconds in low light
  • 3-inch tilting LCD display with 921,600 pixels, plus a 0.2" electronic viewfinder with 201,600 pixels
  • Full manual controls
  • Superior Auto mode selects a scene mode for you
  • Built-in GPS with tracking function
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting (10 shot max)
  • HDR, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, and 3D still modes, plus nine Picture Effects
  • Clear Image Zoom gives you a 2X boost in telephoto power (that's 60X), with a minimal loss in image quality (in theory)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode handles moving subjects better than regular SP mode
  • Available neutral density filter
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60p with stereo sound, using AVCHD codec
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording a video
    • Can take 13 Megapixel stills while simultaneously recording video
  • 105MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-FH50 lithium-ion battery, 450 shots per charge
  • Ships in March for $480
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Sony rolls out four compact ultra-zooms, one of which has Wi-Fi

Moving on to a some cameras with a bit less zoom power, here are the four little brothers of the HX200V I just described -- one of which has Wi-Fi:

Cyber-shot DSC-H90 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.3-5.9, 16X optical zoom Sony G lens, equivalent to 24 - 384 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with Active Mode
  • 3-inch LCD display with 460,800 pixels
  • Some manual controls
  • Intelligent Auto mode selects one of 33 scenes for you
  • 360 degree Sweep Panorama feature, plus four Picture Effects
  • Records 720p video at 30 frames/sec with monaural sound using H.264 codec
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording
  • 27MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-BG1 lithium-ion battery, 290 shots per charge
  • Available in silver, black, and red
  • Ships in March for $250

Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V [specs] - changes:

  • 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Faster AF performance: 0.13 seconds in daylight, 0.22 seconds in low light
  • 3-inch LCD has 921,600 pixels
  • Built-in GPS with logging function
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting
  • HDR, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, and 3D still modes, plus nine Picture Effects
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode
  • Clear Image Zoom doubles your zoom power
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60i with stereo sound using AVCHD codec
    • Can take 13 Megapixel stills while simultaneously recording video
  • 19MB onboard memory
  • 340 shots per charge
  • HDMI output
  • Available in white, silver, black, and red
  • Ships in March for $330

Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V [specs] - changes:

  • F3.2-5.8, 20X optical zoom Sony G lens, equivalent to 25 - 500 mm
  • Enhanced image stabilizer cancels shake in three directions
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60p with stereo sound
  • 105MB onboard memory
  • 320 shots per charge
  • Comes only in black; made of "SoRPlas", or Sony recycled plastic
  • Ships in May for $400

Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V [specs] - changes:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos to smartphones, PCs, tablets, and other devices; a new Play Memories app (for iOS and Android) will let you upload your photos to popular social networking sites
  • Ships in May for $420
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Sony introduces rugged Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 and ultra-slim DSC-TX66 cameras

Next up are two models from Sony's ultra-compact T-series: one everything-proof, the other high-end. Here are their specs:

Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 [specs]

  • 16.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • F3.5-4.6, 4X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, equivalent to 25 - 100 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with Active Mode
  • Ultra-compact body is waterproof to 16 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 921,600 pixels; do note that touchscreen does not work underwater
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Superior Auto mode (a fancy version of Intelligent Auto)
  • Clear Image Zoom doubles the zoom power without a big drop in image quality
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting
  • HDR, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, and 3D still modes plus seven Picture Effects
  • Sweep Panorama works in 2D or 3D
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60i with stereo sound using AVCHD codec
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording
    • Can take 12 Megapixel stills while simultaneously recording video
  • 19MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Micro and microSD/microSDHC card slot
  • Uses NP-BN1 lithium-ion battery, 250 shots per charge
  • Available in orange, green, black, blue, and pink
  • Ships in May for $330

Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 [specs] - changes:

  • 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • F3.5-4.8, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26 - 130 mm
  • Incredibly thin body measures just 12.2 mm / 0.48 in. (not including lens cover); not "proofed" against anything
  • Faster AF performance; daylight focus times as fast as 0.13 sec, low light about twice that
  • 3.3" touchscreen OLED display with 1.23 million pixels
  • Uses regular MS Duo and SD cards, instead of the Micro variety
  • Available in silver, gold, red, white, purple, and pink
  • Ships in March for $350
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 / DSC-WX150 low-cost compacts

Finishing up tonight's Sony announcements, we have two compact W-series models, both of which have 10X zoom lenses. The details:

Cyber-shot DSC-W690 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.3-5.9, 10X optical zoom Sony G lens, equivalent to 25 - 250 mm
  • Optical image stabilization with Active Mode
  • 3-inch LCD with 230,400 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Intelligent Auto mode
  • Sweep Panorama takes 360 degree wrap-around images
  • Records 720p video with monaural sound using H.264 codec
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording
  • 27MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-BN1 lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Available in silver, black, red, and blue
  • Ships in May for $180

Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 [specs] - changes:

  • 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Faster AF system locks focus in as little as 0.13 secs in good light, 0.2 secs in low light
  • Clear Image Zoom boosts focal length by 2X with minimal drop in image quality
  • 3-inch LCD has 460,000 pixels
  • Superior Auto mode
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting
  • HDR, Anti Motion Blur, Handheld Twilight modes, and 3D still modes, plus more Picture Effects
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60i with stereo sound using AVCHD codec
    • Can take 13 Megapixel stills while simultaneously recording video
  • 19MB onboard memory
  • HDMI output
  • 240 shots per charge
  • Priced at $250
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{ Sunday, February 26, 2012 }
 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 reviewed

I've posted my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, a compact travel zoom with a pretty fancy GPS setup. I didn't recommend its predecessor due to its lackluster image quality. Has Panasonic improved things on their 2012 model? Find out in the review!

Tuesday update: I added another sample movie and replaced the examples for the Intelligent Zoom feature.

 
 
{ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 }
 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 gallery posted

I've posted the photo gallery for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20, which is also known as the DMC-TZ30. Look for my review next week.

Speaking of next week, I'll soon be doing a survey of what cameras you want to see reviewed here on the DCRP after a few more new models trickle out on Monday.

 
 
{ Thursday, February 16, 2012 }
 

Fujifilm X10 review now available

This is the final Fuji story of the week, since my review of their X10 premium compact camera is now complete. Click on that link to see what I thought about it!
 
 
{ Wednesday, February 15, 2012 }
 

Fuji X10 photo gallery posted

I've posted the photo gallery for the Fuji X10, including some pictures from a favorite spot which I can no longer frequent. So far, I've only found one instance of the "white disc" issue that I wrote about yesterday.
 
 
{ Tuesday, February 14, 2012 }
 

The Fujifilm X10 and the White Discs of Doom

There's been a lot of talk on popular photo forums about the "white orb" or "white disc" problem on the Fujifilm X10. I've been working on the review (which is taking forever due to the weather) and have encountered the problem myself. Four nights ago, I took my night test photos, and couldn't miss the huge white discs in several places in my photos. As luck would have it, Fuji released the 1.03 firmware upgrade which is supposed to reduce the problem, so I installed it right away.

Jump to Monday night, and I was back out at my usual spot on Treasure Island, re-shooting the night photos. I didn't bother waiting until I got home to see how things looked -- I went right into playback mode and zoomed in. The results: exactly the same as before. Some thoughts:

  • The firmware upgrade did not reduce the problem
  • The problem is not limited to EXR mode, as the firmware upgrade notes state
  • Shooting RAW does not reduce the blooming
  • I'm starting to think that this is a hardware issue that cannot be easily fixed

Crops of the night shots can be seen after the link. The full review will be posted shortly after the sun comes back out.

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{ Thursday, February 9, 2012 }
 

Kodak to exit the digital camera market

Kodak, who recently filed for bankruptcy protection, has announced that they will cease production of digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames in the first half of this year. It's expected to save the company $100 million dollars per year, but the move will result in "significant" job losses in Rochester. Kodak intends to focus on online, retail, and home photo printing, as well as brand licensing. More details can be found in this Reuters article.
 
 
{ Tuesday, February 7, 2012 }
 

Olympus releases pro-level EM-5 Micro Four Thirds camera

Olympus has released their first true high-end Micro Four Thirds camera: the E-M5. The E-M5 takes the best technology out there now -- namely a new 16 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, super-fast AF system, 5-axis image stabilization, an OLED display, and much more -- and puts it into a weather-sealed body resembling the classic OM from 40 years ago. Oh yeah, and it's only $999 for the body.

I got a chance to try one out a few weeks ago, and it felt nice and sturdy in my hands (though a bit slippery). Unfortunately, Olympus didn't include a battery with the review unit, so I can't tell you any more than that. Needless to say, this is a step in the right direction for Micro Four Thirds, which has leaned more toward the consumer end of the spectrum in the last year or two. That's why the E-M5 is a member of the new OM-D family, and not a Pen.

Here are the highlights of the E-M5, with lots of photos after the break.

Olympus E-M5 [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • In-body 5-axis image stabilization corrects for vertical, horizontal, and rotational movement, plus yaw and pitch; system works using magnets
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body resembles the original Olympus OM
    • Twin dials on the top of the camera for manual setting adjustment
  • Supports all Micro Four Thirds lenses, with a 2X crop factor
    • Supports classic Four Thirds lenses via the new MMF-3 adapter ($179), which is also weather-sealed
  • Articulating 3-inch touchscreen OLED display with 610,000 pixels
    • Touch features include focus, shutter release, and image playback
  • Large electronic viewfinder has a magnification of 1.15X and 100% coverage; 120 fps refresh rate makes everything nice and smooth
    • Eye sensor automatically switches between the main display and EVF
  • Full manual controls, with RAW support
    • ISO range of 200 - 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 60 - 1/4000 sec
  • New "FAST" autofocus system is the world's fastest (at least for this week), with a 240 fps drive speed when in continuous AF mode; new 3D tracking function can follow moving subjects, no matter which way they go
  • Included external flash (GN 7) is also weather-sealed, and can be used to control wireless external flashes; hot shoe also available
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 9 frames/second
  • New EVF Creative Control feature overlays the tone curve on the viewfinder, allowing adjustment of shadows and highlights
  • More Art Filters, such as Key Line (very cool, actually), Cross Process II, and Dramatic Tone II
  • New "Live Bulb" feature updates the view on the display/EVF while a long exposure is underway
  • Electronic level
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/60i with stereo sound using the H.264 codec
    • Efforts have been made to reduce jaggies and the rolling shutter effect
    • New one-shot and multi echo mode
  • Optional battery grip ($299) come in two pieces: just the bottom for extra battery life, and the side for extra "gripability" (pun intended)
  • Accessory Port 2 supports EVF, external mic, macro arm light, and PenPal Bluetooth adapter
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses BLN-1 lithium-ion battery; battery life not available
  • Available in silver or black
  • Ships in April for $999 body only, $1099 with a 14 - 42 mm lens (black only), and $1299 with the new 12-50 mm lens

Along with the camera come two news lenses and a flash. On the lens front, we have an F1.8, 75mm M.Zuiko model (which is all-metal), as well as a weather-sealed F2.8, 60mm macro lens. They'll be officially introduced later this year. Something you can buy sooner is the new FL-600R flash, which has a guide number of 36 (at ISO 100) and a built-in LED lamp which assists in focusing, and brightens up the scene when you're recording movies. The FL-600R is priced at $299, while the lenses will have prices when they are officially released.

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Olympus SZ-31MR iHS takes Full HD videos, 16MP stills simultaneously

Believe it or not, Olympus released other cameras beside the E-M5 today. The first of the two compacts to tell you about is the SZ-31MR iHS, where the MR stands for multi-recording (video and stills at the same time) and the iHS is for "Intelligent, High Sensitivity, and High Speed". Here's what else this camera with a long name has to offer:

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS [specs]

  • 16 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Dual TruePic V processors
  • F3.0-6.9, 24X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 600 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 920,000 pixels
    • Live Guide lets you adjust color, brightness, vividness using your finger
  • Point-and-shoot, with scene-selecting Intelligent Auto mode
  • Full resolution continuous shooting at 10 frames/sec
  • Sweep panorama feature
  • Super-Resolution Zoom gives you a 2X boost in focal length with a minimal loss in image quality
  • Magic Filters (like Art Filters) work for stills and movies
  • Records 1080p video with stereo sound using H.264 codec
    • Can record Full HD video and 16MP stills at the same time
  • 59MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • 200 shots per charge using LI-50B battery
  • Available in silver and black
  • Ships in late April for $399
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Olympus "drops" rugged Tough TG-820

The other Olympus compact for February 7th is the a new flagship rugged camera: the Tough TG-820 iHS. Here's what I can tell you about it:

Tough TG-820 iHS [specs]

  • 12 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • F3.9-5.9, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 6.6 feet, crushproof to 220 lbs, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 3-inch LCD with 1.03 million pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Intelligent Auto mode
  • Full resolution continuous shooting at 5 frames/sec
  • Super Resolution feature doubles your zoom power, with minimal loss of image quality
  • New HDR Backlight Adjustment feature
  • Records Full HD video with monaural sound
  • 46.8MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses LI-50B li-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Comes in silver, black, red, and blue
  • Ships in March for $299
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Pentax introduces 13th generation rugged camera: the WG-2

While some camera manufacturers are just now getting into rugged cameras, Pentax has been doing it for many years. In fact, their new WG-2 models are their 13th generation of rugged camera! As with the WG-1, these cameras come in two flavors: regular and GPS. Here's more:

Pentax WG-2 [non-GPS specs, GPS specs]

  • 16 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F3.5-5.5, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • Rugged body is waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, crushproof to 220 lbs, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 3-inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation with auto scene selection
  • Improved GPS receiver reduces startup time, battery consumption (GPS models only, of course)
  • Digital Microscope mode now has 6 LED lamps, can focus as close as 1 cm
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p using H.264 codec
  • Optional SportMount chest harness ($50) for hands-free video capture
  • Available waterproof remote control ($30)
  • 88.2MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses D-LI92 li-ion battery, 260 shots per charge
  • Standard model comes in black and red; GPS model available in orange and white
  • Ships in March for $349 (standard model) and $399 (GPS model)
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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS travel zoom introduced

Canon has released the new PowerShot SX260 HS, which is the replacement to last year's SX230. The biggest changes to the SX260 include more zoom power and a new GPS receiver. Here's more about Canon's latest travel zoom camera:

PowerShot SX260 HS [specs]

  • 12.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • F3.5-6.8, 20X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 500 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS feature (kind of like scene auto-selection for shake reduction)
  • 3-inch LCD display with 461,000 pixels
  • Full manual controls (no RAW support)
  • Enhanced Smart Auto mode now selects one of 58 scene modes for you
  • Built-in GPS, with tracking function
  • Tons of scene modes, special effects, and unique features (Movie Digest, Smart Shutter)
  • Can take up to 10 shots at 10.3 frames/second
  • New Face ID facial recognition feature
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/24p with stereo sound
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording
    • Super slow motion option records at 240 frames/sec (at a low resolution)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • Uses NB-6L lithium-ion battery, 230 shots per charge
  • Available in black, red, and green
  • Ships in March for $349
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS / 530 HS Wi-Fi compacts

Next up are two Wi-Fi-equipped ELPH models: the ELPH 320 HS and ELPH 530 HS. Similar to how other manufacturers are handling Wi-Fi these days, the ELPHs will be able to upload pictures directly to social networking and photo sharing sites when connected to a Wi-Fi network. There will also be an app available (first for iOS, later for Android), which will transfer photos to your smartphone, from where you can send them onto further destinations. The cameras themselves are otherwise identical to the ELPH 110 (don't ask me to explain Canon's numbering system) and ELPH 520 that were announced last month. Here are the full specs:

PowerShot ELPH 320 HS [specs]

  • 16.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • F2.7-5.9, 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 24 - 120 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS function described above
  • Ultra-compact body, comes in black, silver, red, and blue
  • 3.2" touchscreen LCD display with 461,000 pixels
    • Touch features include focus, shutter, menus, in image playback (there are almost no buttons on the camera)
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows user to transfer photos to your computer, Canon's cloud service, or to a smartphone (with the Camera Window app)
  • Large selection of scene modes and special effects, plus Face ID system
  • Continuous shooting at 5.2 frames/sec
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses NB-11L li-ion battery, 170 shots per charge
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/24p with stereo sound; optical zoom can be used while recording
  • Ships in late March for $279

PowerShot ELPH 530 HS [specs] - changes:

  • 10.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor (would love to know why this model uses a lower resolution sensor)
  • F3.4-5.6, 12X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 336 mm; lens uses folded optics technology, which is how the camera stays so thin
  • Uses microSD/microSDHC cards
  • 190 shots per charge using NB-9L battery
  • Available in white and black
  • Priced at $349
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Canon introduces fish-shaped PowerShot D20 rugged camera

Is it a whale, or a camera? Apparently the new PowerShot D20 is indeed a camera, and Canon's replacement to the aging D10. If you've been looking for a fish-shaped camera to take into the great outdoors, this one might be right up your alley:

PowerShot D20 [specs]

  • 12.1 Megapixel "high sensitivity" CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • F3.9-4.8, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS
  • 3-inch LCD display with 461,000 pixels
  • Built-in GPS receiver with tracking functionality; GPS can record altitude but not depth
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode (which is less sophisticated than on the models above)
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/24p with monaural sound; optical zoom can be used while recording
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses NB-6L li-ion battery, 280 shots per charge
  • Optional underwater housing lets you take the D20 even deeper (131 feet, to be exact)
  • Ships in May for $349
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Canon unloads six new budget-friendly A-series cameras

Now let's move on to the six new models in Canon's entry-level PowerShot A-series. I'm going to start with the cheap one and work my way up. Grab a donut, here we go:

PowerShot A810 [specs]

  • 16 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-6.9, 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode (which selects from 32 scenes)
  • Plenty of special effects and scene modes; Live View Control lets you adjust brightness, color, and tone without needing to know the technical terms
  • In-camera help system
  • Records 720p video at 25 frames/second
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card
  • Uses two AA batteries, 500 shots per charge with NiMH batteries
  • Available in silver, black, and red
  • Ships in April for $109

PowerShot A1300 [specs] - changes:

  • Optical viewfinder (!)
  • Available in black and silver
  • Priced at $119

PowerShot A2300 [specs] - changes:

  • Slimmer, more ELPH-like body; no optical viewfinder
  • Uses lithium-ion battery; 210 shots per charge with NB-11L
  • Available in black, silver, red, and blue
  • Ships in March for $149

PowerShot A2400 IS [specs] - changes:

  • Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS
  • 180 shots per charge using NB-11L battery
  • Available in black, silver, blue, and pink
  • Priced at $159

PowerShot A3400 IS [specs] - changes:

  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 230,000 pixels
    • Touch features include focus, shutter, menus, and image playback
  • Available in black, silver, red, and gold
  • Ships in March for $179

Powershot A4000 IS [specs] - changes:

  • F3.0-5.9, 8X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 224 mm
  • Standard 3-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • 175 shots per charge using NB-11L battery
  • Available in black, silver, blue, red, and pink
  • Ships this month for $199
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Canon rolls out three new EF lenses

If you've been saving up for a new Canon lens, here are three new ones that'll certainly lighten your wallet:
  • EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM: reduced chromatic aberrations and improved sharpness across the frame compared to its predecessor; sealed against dust and moisture; ships in April for $2299
  • EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM: seven blade aperture for nice bokeh; silent operation for movie recording; ships in June for $849
  • EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM: same as above, but a bit more telephoto; ships in June for $799
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{ Monday, February 6, 2012 }
 

Nikon introduces D800 full-frame D-SLR

Nikon has announced their new D800 full-frame digital SLR (officially it's an HD-SLR). I got to put my hands on one last week and it was most impressive. Here's why:

Nikon D800 [specs]

  • 36.3 Megapixel (!), full-frame FX-format CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Nikon F-mount; no crop factor with FX-format lenses, 1.5X with DX-format (resolution drops to 15.4 MP, as well)
  • Very solid magnesium alloy construction, sealed against dust and moisture; shutter rated to 200,000 cycles
  • 3.2-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels, with live view
  • Large optical viewfinder has magnification of 0.7X, coverage of 100/97 percent (FX/DX format)
  • 51-point AF system, with fifteen cross-type sensors
  • 91,000 pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering system
  • Full manual controls (in case you were wondering)
    • ISO range of 100 - 6400, expandable to 50 - 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/8000 sec
  • Continuous shooting at 4 fps (FX mode), 5 fps (DX mode), or 6 fps (DX mode with optional battery grip)
  • Electronic level
  • In-camera HDR feature (two shot)
  • Built-in flash can double as a wireless master; hot shoe and flash sync port for attaching something more powerful
  • Records video at 1080p @ 24 or 30 fps, or 720p at 60 fps
    • Uses H.264 and B-Frame compression for super high quality, 24 MBps video (20 min limit); standard compression can be used for longer videos (30 min)
    • Full manual controls available while recording
    • A lens' power aperture can be adjusted for changes in depth-of-field while recording
    • Dedicated movie recording button on top of camera
  • Stereo mic input, headphone output
  • Can output uncompressed video through its HDMI port (like the D4)
  • USB 3.0 port (backward compatible)
  • Dual memory card slots support SD and CompactFlash
  • Uses EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery, 900 shots per charge
  • Optional battery grip (which can use another EN-EL15, the D4's EN-EL18, or AA batteries), wireless file transmitter, and GPS receiver
  • Ships in late March for $2999, body only

Nikon will also be releasing a companion model, known as the D800E. This is the same body, but with the low pass filter removed, for the ultimate in resolution (but more color moiré). The D800E will be available in limited quantities for $3299.

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{ Thursday, February 2, 2012 }
 

Fujifilm prices X-Pro1, new lenses

Fujfilm has released the U.S. pricing for their X-Pro1 interchangeable lens camera, which was announced back at CES. The camera will ship at the end of this month for $1699, body only. As for the three new lenses, they're priced as followed:
  • FUJIFILM XF 18mm (27mm equivalent) F2.0 lens - $599.95
  • FUJIFILM XF 35mm (53mm equivalent) F1.4 lens - $599.95
  • FUJIFILM XF 60mm (90mm equivalent) F2.4 lens - $649.95
 
 
 

Pentax unveils one-of-a-kind K-01 interchangeable lens camera

camera that uses the venerable K-mount. What makes it unique is its one-of-a-kind design created by Marc Newson, whom I admit I'd never heard of until I saw the camera last month. The retro modern design and color scheme is certainly going to garner a lot of attention, sot he K-01 is not for photographers who don't want to be noticed.

What about the specs and features, you ask? Here you go:

Pentax K-01 [specs]

  • 16 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Supports all Pentax K-mount lenses, with a 1.5X crop factor
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Unique design by "world renowned" designed Marc Newson comes in black, white, and yellow; body is machined aluminum with rubber accents
  • 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels
    • Full-time live view with 81-point contrast detect AF, face detection, focus peaking (like on Sony NEX cameras), grid lines, and a histogram
  • Loads of manual controls, with RAW (DNG) support
    • ISO range of 100 - 12800, expandable to 25600
  • Auto Picture mode selects the right scene mode for the situation
  • Continuous shooting at 6 frames/second
  • Plenty of special effects, plus an HDR mode
  • Multi-exposure and time-lapse modes
  • Built-in flash (GN 12) + hot shoe
  • Full HD video recording at 24, 25, or 30 frames/sec with stereo sound using H.264 codec
    • Manual controls available
    • Stereo mic input if you want higher sound quality
  • Optional wireless remote, GPS receiver
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses D-LI90 lithium-ion battery, 500 shots per charge
  • Will come in two kits: body only ($749), or with the new DA 40mm lens described below ($899)
  • Ships in March

Yes, that really is a lens on the camera in the picture to the right! Marc Newson had a hand in this one too, creating an F2.8, 40 mm DA lens that is just 9.2 mm (0.36") thick. You'll be able to get this lens bundled with the K-01, or separately for $249.

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