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{ Wednesday, August 29, 2012 }
 

Samsung announces Android-powered Galaxy Camera with huge 4.8" LCD, 3G/4G/Wi-Fi connectivity

Well, that didn't take long. Just a week after Nikon announced their Android-powered Coolpix S800c, Samsung has gotten into the act with their Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy pretty much wins the spec war, with its 21X zoom lens, huge 4.8" LCD display, connectivity over HSPA+ and Wi-Fi, and use of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. No word on when it'll actually ship, though. Here are the details that I have:

Galaxy Camera

  • 16.3 effective Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (presumably Samsung's Exynos)
  • F2.8-5.9, 21X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 23 - 483 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 4.8" super high resolution touchscreen LCD display
  • Runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with full access to Samsung and Google App Stores
    • Online connectivity via 3G or 4G + Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.0 support
    • Built-in GPS
    • Voice Control lets you tell the camera to "zoom in" or "shoot"
    • Auto Backup saves photos to Samsung's cloud service (AllShare) instantly
  • Full manual controls (believe it or not)
  • Plenty of special effects that you can use both before and after a photo is taken
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p
  • 8GB onboard memory + microSD card slot
  • Uses 1650 mAh lithium-ion battery; battery life not available
  • Price, availability TBA
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Sony rolls out NEX-5R with flip-up LCD, Wi-Fi, and Camera App Store

Sony has announced their new Alpha NEX-5R mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which is the replacement to last year's NEX-5N. The big changes here include a new "Fast Hybrid" AF system, an LCD that flips upward 180 degrees (like on the NEX-F3), Wi-Fi, and yes, an App Store. The NEX-5R is the first camera to allow you to download additional features right from your LCD screen. Here are all the details:

Alpha NEX-5R [specs]

  • Newly designed 16.1 effective Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Fast Hybrid AF system puts 99 phase-detection sites on the sensor itself that work hand-in-hand with the 25-point contrast detect AF system
    • Lenses will require a firmware update to take advantage of this new AF system; the 18-55, 55-210, and 18-200 Sony lenses, plus the 24mm Zeiss lens will be ready at launch
  • Supports all Sony E-mount lenses with a 1.5X crop factor
    • Classic Minolta/Sony A-mount lenses supported via optional adapter
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD flips upward 180 degrees (for self-portraits) and downward 50 degrees (a big improvement over the NEX-F3), has 921k pixels
  • Full manual controls, with RAW support
    • ISO range of 100 - 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec
    • More enthusiast friendly with the addition of the customizable Function button and control dial from the NEX-F3
  • Point-and-shoot users have Intelligent and Superior Auto modes to select a scene mode, and more
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to send photos to your PC, a smartphone, or directly to Facebook and PlayMemories Online
    • "Camera Apps" available for download at launch include Picture Effect+, Bracket Pro, Multi Frame NR, Photo Retouch, and Smart Remote Control
    • Future apps include Time Lapse and Cinematic Photo (more details on all the apps after the link)
    • Sony told me that some apps will be free, while others may cost a few dollars (sound off about paying for camera features on our Facebook page)
  • 10 frame/second continuous shooting with tracking AF
  • Always handy electronic level
  • Usual Sony bells and whistles: Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Anti Motion Blur,
  • No built-in flash; small external flash included
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/60p with stereo sound, manual controls
  • Memory card slot handles both SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo media
  • Uses NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery, 330 shots per charge
  • Optional wireless remote, stereo mic, electronic viewfinder
  • Available in silver, black, and white
  • Ships in October for $650 body only or $750 with an 18 - 55 mm lens
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{ Saturday, August 25, 2012 }
 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review posted

I've posted my review of Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. This highly anticipated premium compact camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor in a body that'll fit in your jeans pocket. Does it live up to the buzz? Find out in our review!

Update: A few readers pointed out that using the lowest sensitivities on the RX100 reduces dynamic range (thus leading to highlight clipping). Since Sony buried that fact in their HTML-based manual, I was unaware of that fact. I will be re-shooting the photos in the standard gallery that had highlight clipping issues, and updating the review where appropriate.

Update 2: The standard gallery has been re-shot at ISO 125, and the review updated. How's that for service?

 
 
{ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 }
 

Pentax rolls out X-5 super zoom camera

Pentax also has a new camera to show off today: their X-5 super zoom. Here are its details:

Pentax X-5 [specs]

  • 16.0 effective Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F3.1-5.9, 26X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 22.3 - 580 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch articulating LCD display (460k pixels) + electronic viewfinder (260k dot)
  • Plenty of manual controls (though no "priority" modes or RAW support)
  • Auto Picture mode selects one of 16 scene modes for you
  • Plenty of special effects (toy camera, miniature, etc), plus an HDR mode
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with monaural sound
  • Optional wireless remote
  • 75.3MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries, 500 shots per charge using NiMH rechargeables
  • Available in silver and black
  • Ships next month for $279
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Olympus announces SP-820UZ iHS mega zoom camera

When a camera with a 24X, 30X, or even 36X zoom just isn't enough, there's the new Olympus SP-820UZ iHS. This super zoom camera has a whopping 40X optical zoom lens, with only Nikon's Coolpix P510 (with a 42X lens) packing more zoom power. At this point you'd think that a tripod would come in the box, but apparently that's not the case. Here's what the SP-820UZ can do:

SP-820UZ iHS [specs]

  • 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • F3.4-5.7, 40X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 22.4 - 896 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation; iAuto mode selects one of thirty scene modes for you
  • Plenty of Magic Filters, plus an HDR mode
  • Smart Panorama mode creates 360 degree panoramas simply by "sweeping" the camera from one side to another
  • Super Resolution Zoom feature boosts zoom power by 2X, without a huge drop in image quality
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with monaural sound
    • High speed video recording at up to 240 fps (at lower resolutions)
  • 43MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries; battery life not available
  • Available in silver and black
  • Ships in September for $329
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Nikon unveils flagship Coolpix P7700

Nikon today introduced a trio of cameras, each of which is interesting in its own way. I'm going to start with their flagship compact camera, the Coolpix P7700. The big news here is the lens, which has a maximum aperture of F2 - F4 over its large 28 - 200 mm zoom range. Here's more:

Coolpix P7700 [specs]

  • 12.2 Megapixel, 1/1.7" back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F2.0-4.0, 7.1X optical zoom Nikkor lens, equivalent to 28 - 200 mm
  • Optical image stabilization offers 4-stop advantage
  • Flip-out, rotating 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels
    • Loses the optical viewfinder of previous P-series models
  • Full manual controls, with RAW (NRW) support
    • ISO range of 80 - 3200, expandable to 6400
    • Shutter speed range of 60 - 1/4000 sec
  • Improved startup, focus times
  • Numerous scene modes and special effects (HDR included); Scene Auto Selector will pick a scene mode for you
  • Magnesium alloy body has dual dials, plenty of direct controls, and two custom buttons; grip has been refined since the P7100
  • Full resolution continuous shooting at 8 frames/second (six shot limit)
  • Hot shoe for external flash
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with stereo sound, use of the optical zoom, and manual controls
    • Can record high speed modes at frame rates of 120 fps
  • External mic input + HDMI output
  • 86MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC slot
  • Uses EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery, 330 shots per charge
  • Ships in September for $499
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Nikon rolls out Android-powered Coolpix S800c

Here's something you don't see every day: a digital camera powered by the Android operating system. The Coolpix S800c may look like yet another compact ultra zoom, but the Android 2.3 OS running under the hood makes sharing photos over a Wi-Fi network easier than ever. And you can play Angry Birds on it!

Coolpix S800c [specs]

  • 16.0 effective Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F3.2-5.8, 10X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 250 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen display with 819,000 pixels
  • Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which allows for easy e-mailing and sharing (to Facebook/Twitter/Google+/wherever) over the camera's built-in Wi-Fi. Want to surf the web, listen to music, or play Words With Friends? You can do that too, with full access to the Google Play store.
    • Android takes around 30 seconds to boot up when the camera is powered on; however, you can still take pictures while this is occuring
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Plenty of special effects, with hundreds (if not more) apps available to download to further tweak your photos
  • Built-in GPS tags your location
  • Burst mode shoots at 8 frames/second (though for only three photos)
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with stereo sound
  • Has 1.7 GB of internal storage for photos and 680 MB for apps; has an SD card slot, as well
  • Uses EN-EL12 li-ion battery, 140 shots per charge (I figured this wouldn't be good)
  • Available in white and black
  • Ships in September for $349
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Meet Nikon's tiny new Coolpix S01

If you're looking for a camera that'll fit in your skinny jeans, then you might be interested in the final new Nikon camera of the day. The Coolpix S01 is just 3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches in size and weighs 3.4 ounces, allowing it to go anywhere that you do. There are some compromises, though, as you'll see below:

Coolpix S01 [specs]

  • 10.1 effective Megapixel CCD (quite small at 1/2.9")
  • F3.3-5.9, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 29 - 87 mm
  • 2.5" touchscreen LCD display with 230,000 pixels; since the camera has virtually no buttons, all functions are controlled via the touchscreen
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with auto scene selection
  • Records 720p video with stereo sound
  • 7.3 GB onboard memory (no memory card slot)
  • Non-removable lithium-ion battery; 190 shots per charge
  • Comes in silver, red, white, and pink
  • Available in September for $179
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{ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 }
 

Canon unveils PowerShot SX160 IS and PowerShot SX500 IS long zoom cameras

Canon has announced two budget-friendly ultra and super zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX160 and SX500. I'll start with the cheaper of the two:

PowerShot SX160 IS [specs]

  • 16.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • F3.5-5.9, 16X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 448 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with "Intelligent IS" feature that uses the right type of IS for the situation (e.g. panning, movies, tripod)
  • 3-inch LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Full manual controls, minus RAW support
  • Smart Auto 2.0 mode selects one of 32 scenes for you
  • Both AF and shutter lag reduced compared to the SX150 (by 22% and 46%, respectively)
  • Records 720p video at 25 frames/second with stereo sound, use of optical zoom
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses two AA batteries; 380 shots per charge using NiMH rechargeables
  • Comes in black and red
  • Ships in September for $229

PowerShot SX500 IS [specs] - changes:

  • F3.4-5.8, 30X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24 - 720 mm
  • Autofocus and shutter lag reduced by roughly 33% compared to the PowerShot SX40 HS (which this model is not replacing, as far as I know)
  • Zoom Framing Assist button lets you "back out" when at the telephoto end of the lens so you can quickly recompose your shot
  • 3-inch LCD has 461,000 pixels
  • Uses NB-6L lithium-ion battery, 195 shots per charge (ouch)
  • Priced at $329
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{ Tuesday, August 14, 2012 }
 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 reviewed

I've posted my review of Panasonic's highly-anticipated Lumix DMC-LX7 premium compact camera. Is this the camera low light and bokeh lovers have been waiting for? Check out the review to find out!
 
 

Canon recalls over 68,000 Rebel T4i's due to potential allergic reaction

Canon is recalling over 68,000 Rebel T4i digital SLRs due to possible allergic reactions to a chemical found in the rubber grip. If you own one of the affected cameras, Canon will replace your grip free of charge. For more details, check out this page on Canon's support site.
 
 
{ Thursday, August 9, 2012 }
 

Nikon debuts their J2 mirrorless camera

Nikon has announced their new Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, as well as a new 1 System lens. The J2 is a fairly minor update to last year's J1. Let's get right into the details:

Nikon 1 J2 [specs]

  • 10.1 Megapixel, CX-format (1") CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 image processor
  • Supports all CX-mount lenses (of which five are now available) with a 2.7X crop factor; optional F-mount adapter lets you use your regular Nikkor lenses
  • Same hybrid AF system as the original 1 System models
  • Body and mode dial now metal
  • 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels (double the resolution of the J1)
  • Full manual controls (though they're still not on the mode dial), with RAW support
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/16000 sec
    • ISO range of 100 - 3200, expandable to 6400
  • Scene Auto Selector for the point-and-shoot crowd
  • New Creative Mode offers panorama, selective color, miniature, backlighting (HDR), and other special effects
  • Continuous shooting remains at 10 fps with continuous AF, 60 fps without
  • Built-in flash (same as the J1)
  • Records Full HD video at your choice of 30p or 60i with stereo sound (though no manual controls, from what I can tell)
  • Optional waterproof case ($749) holds the body and the 10 - 30 mm lens, lets you take pictures 40 meters deep; also compatible with the original J1
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses EN-EL20 lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Available in white, black, silver, pink, deep red, and orange
  • Ships with the F3.5-5.6, 10 - 30 mm kit lens this September for $549; a dual lens kit, which adds the 30 - 110 mm tele zoom, will sell for $799

In addition to the J2, we have a new lens to talk about. The new F3.5-5.6, 11 - 27.5 mm lens is super compact (possibly due to its lack of image stabilization) and features the same collapsible design of the 10-30 kit lens. This lens is equivalent to 30 - 74 mm when attached to a 1 System camera. You'll be able to pick up this lens in all six of the J2's colors in late September for $189.

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Nikon Coolpix L610 ultra zoom arrives

There's also a new Coolpix to talk about today. The Coolpix L610 is one of a select group of cameras that still uses AA batteries, which I always appreciate. Here are the specs:

Coolpix L610 [specs]

  • 16.0 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F3.3-5.9, 14X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 350 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Records Full HD videos (presumably 1080/30p) with stereo sound
  • 28MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses two AA batteries; 470 shots per charge with lithium batteries, 330 shots with rechargeable NiMH
  • Available in black, silver, and red
  • Ships in September for $249
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{ Friday, August 3, 2012 }
 

Special Sony RX100 Tahoe photo gallery posted

Since money is tight this year, my summer vacation consisted of 2.5 days in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I decided to take the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 with me, and have compiled my favorite photos in this special photo gallery. Enjoy!