Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Sony RX10 is a new bridge camera with a 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated CMOS imager and a 24-200mm (eq.) f/2.8 OSS lens. The newly developed Eye AF ensures crisp portraits with the sitter’s eye always in sharp focus, even if they’re not looking directly at you. Movie footage can be captured at selectable 50p (AVCHD progressive) or 25p frame rates, with full control over P/A/S/M exposure modes. A ‘clear’ HDMI output allows video to be reviewed on an external monitor or recorded to a separate storage device. With a high resolution of 1440k dots, the new high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder offers crisp edge-to-edge visibility of your subject, while the clear, bright 3.0" LCD tilts up or down for easy framing with the camera held high up or low down. On-board Wi-Fi allows easy one-touch connection with your NFC compliant Android smartphone or tablet. The compact, all-in-one Cyber-shot RX10 digital camera from Sony is available for pre-order now for £999, and goes on general sale in UK from mid-November.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Casio has issued firmware updates for a whole slew of its compact cameras. The Casio EX-ZR1000, EX-ZR800, EX-ZR750, EX-ZR710, EX-ZR700, EX-ZR410, EX-ZR400, EX-ZR310, EX-ZR300, EX-ZR200, EX-ZR20, EX-ZR15, EX-FC200S and EX-TR200 gain compatibility with FlashAir W-02 Class10 memory cards. The Casio EX-TR350, EX-TR300, EX-TR15 (pictured) and EX-TR10 benefit from improved microSD card reading. Registered owners of these cameras can download the firmware upgrades from the website below.
Monday, September 23, 2013
To support the UK launch of the new DMC-FZ72 and the existing DMC-FZ200 Lumix cameras, Panasonic will be rewarding every customer who purchases one of these two models with a complimentary membership to the National Trust. The new Lumix FZ72 (read review) boasts 60x optical zoom with focal length ranging from 20mm ultra-wide angle to 1200mm ultra-telephoto. The Lumix FZ200 features a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. During this promotion, which runs until 31 December customers will be able to choose between a single, joint or family National Trust membership. To find out more, visit the website below.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Tomorrow, Ricoh will begin accepting preorders for its Theta camera, which captures fully spherical scenes in a single shot. The device, designed for consumers, was announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. Available to preorder via the website below, the Ricoh Theta will be sold for a tax-inclusive price of £329 in the UK.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Leica has unveiled the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras, the Leica C. The easily pocketable Leica C has a 1/1.7" MOS sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels, and comes equipped with a fixed-mount, 28-200mm (eq.) f/2.0-5.9 lens and an integrated electronic viewfinder (EVF). Other highlights include Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) and a programmable ring around the lens that makes it easy to manually control aperture, shutter speed and zoom. The Leica C will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers, starting mid-September 2013. The suggested retail price is £550 including VAT. Registered Leica C owners will be able to download a fully functional copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom free of charge.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Ricoh has launched the Ricoh Theta, a new product billed as the world’s first mass-produced imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes with one shot. The hand-held Ricoh Theta features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for fully spherical images. Fitting easily in a pocket or the palm of a hand, the slim, lightweight Ricoh Theta is synchronised with smartphones (currently only a couple of iPhone models, with Android support "expected before the end of the year"), where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed with a dedicated free app. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks. The suggested retail price is £329/$399.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Nikon has released half a dozen high-resolution sample images and a sample movie captured with the Nikon Coolpix P7800 professional compact camera. The Nikon P7800 is a new model that retains the headline specifications of its predecessor the P7700 and adds an eye-level electronic viewfinder. The six official Coolpix P7800 samples were all captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO 80/20° and ISO 250/25°), using the lens at the 28mm, 58mm and 200mm equivalent settings. Whereas the sample photos are presented at the original resolution of 4000x3000 pixels, the sample movie has been downsized for the Web.
Website: Official Nikon P7800 Sample Images
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix P7800 premium compact camera, which now features an electronic viewfinder.
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S02 compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the tiny Nikon Coolpix S02 compact camera.
The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a new premium compact camera wth a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, a 921,000-dot EVF, 3” RGBW LCD vari-angle monitor and second-generation Vibration Reduction. Other highlights include a maximum continious shooting speed of 8 frames per second (fps), raw (NRW) image capture, Full HD video recording capability at 25 or 30fps and a Custom Movie Mode that allows users to set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, picture control, manual focus, optical zoom and white balance for creative control. The Nikon Coolpix P7800 will be available in black from 26 September 2013, at a recommended retail price of £499.99 / €599.00 / $549.95.
The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a tiny, lightweight and affordable compact camera with a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3x optical zoom, Full HD movie capture, 7.3 Gigabytes of internal memory and a metallic body cover. In addition, the camera features a Xenon flash and a 2,7-inch touch-sensitive rear display. "The Coolpix S02 might be the smallest member of the Coolpix family, but its small stylish design and clever features make it an essential must have," said James Loader, Senior Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon UK. "The tiny compact camera combines refined design features like anti-reflection touch screen technology, internal memory and built-in Xenon flash, with 13 megapixel CMOS sensor and easy auto modes to ensure you never miss a moment, or a party invitation.” The Nikon Coolpix will go on sale on 19 September 2013 at the recommended retail price of £119.99 / €149.00 / $179.95.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S6600 compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix S6600 compact camera, which has a vari-angle LCD screen for easier "selfies"
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix L620 compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix L620 compact camera, which offers a 14x zoom lens in a relatively small body.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
NYC-based AC Gears have recently released the 3-megapixel Bonzart Lit Digital Camera for $39.99, with plans to introduce a waterproof case before the holiday season. Targeted at beginners, children and toy camera collectors, the funky Bonzart Lit has been a huge hit in Japan, selling out within the first few weeks of its debut. AC Gears are now bringing it to the US market. “The Bonzart Lit is a great gift idea for artsy kids or to add to your personal collection," said Kohn Liu, founder of AC Gears. "At $40, it’s really a break-through price point for the digital camera category."
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Ricoh HZ15 is a 16-megapixel digital compact camera with 15x optical zoom and a sophisticated SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. The camera also features a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Ricoh HZ15 can also record 720p HD videos and save them on Eye-Fi memory cards. Availability is slated for September, with pricing to be announced.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Nikon has issued firmware updates for a number of its Coolpix digital compact cameras. Firmware version 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix L28, S3400, S3500, S4400 and S6400, version 1.2 for the Nikon Coolpix S4300 and version 1.3 for the Coolpix S9300 all fix a bug that, in some rare cases, prevented the camera from turning on, or prevented operation. Firmware version 1.1 for the Coolpix S5200 and S6500 (pictured) additionally improve the functionality of the Wireless Camera Utility.
Website: Nikon Support & Downloads
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Canon today announced two new premium compact cameras. The Canon PowerShot G16 (£529.99/€649.99/$549.99, pictured) is an updated, Wi-Fi enabled version of the company's existing G15 model, while the PowerShot S120 (£449.99/€529.99/$449.99) improves on its predecessor - the PowerShot S110 - by incorporating a slightly faster (f/1.8-5.7) lens and enhanced wireless connectivity options.
Canon today added two new models to its collection of superzoom cameras. The PowerShot SX510 HS (£289.99/€349.99/$249.99)boasts a 30x optical zoom lens and a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, and offers onboard Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the camera is also capable of recording Full HD movies with stereo sound, and features a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. The PowerShot SX170 IS (£169.99/€199.99/$179.99, pictured) combines an optically stabilised 28-450mm equivalent lens with a 16-megapixel sensor, and offers 720p HD video recording capabilities. The PowerShot SX510HS and PowerShot SX170 IS are available in the UK & Ireland from 23rd August.
Canon U.S.A: has announced a new version of its uniquely designed PowerShot N digital camera. A Canon Direct exclusive, the new PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a dedicated Facebook Connect button that supports instant sharing of images and videos to users’ Facebook accounts. After an initial one-time set-up, pressing the new Facebook Connect Button links the camera to the users’ Facebook account for quick and easy sharing over Wi-Fi. Users can also control the destination of their Facebook uploads by choosing to share content with everyone, or to select Facebook groups. The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera will be available in white in September 2013 on the Canon Direct online store for $299.99.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite are two new HD 1080p action cameras. VIRB features a rugged and waterproof (IPX-7) housing, 1.4-inch Chroma color display, can record up to three hours of true HD (1080p) video on one charge, digital image stabilization and lens distortion correction, ANT+ connectivity and can capture 16 megapixel still photos while the video camera is recording. The Elite version additionally offers high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer, altimeter and WiFi. The VIRB will retail for $299.99 and the VIRB Elite for $399.99.