Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This year, Sony has won two photography-related EISA awards. The company's flagship camera, the Alpha SLT-A99, has been recognised with the 'European Advanced Camera of the year 2013-2014' title, while the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 superzoom (pictured) has scooped up the 'European Compact Camera of the year 2013-2014' award. Beyond photography, the company has also received accolades in the television, HT receiver and tablet categories.
The European Imaging & Sound Association (EISA) has honoured two Olympus cameras with leading awards. The Olympus PEN E-P5 has won the European Advanced Compact System Camera 2013-2014, and the Tough TG-2 (pictured) took the accolades in the European Travel Camera category. The EISA is an organisation representing 50 leading camera, imaging and audio magazines in 20 European countries. Each year it selects outstanding products and technologies from a wide spectrum of audio-visual product categories.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR Digital IV professional compact camera. Version 2.30 introduces a number of new fluorescent white balance presets, adds a Multi AF/Spot AF toggle to the list of Fn button pair options, enables target selection to be activated by pressing and holding the macro button, and adds a "very weak" vignetting option to each of the Hi-Cntrast B&W, Cross Process, Positive Film, and Bleach Bypass menus. Additionally, the firmware update addresses a couple of bugs related to the flash and AE bracketing. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Ricoh Global
The Casio EX-ZR800 is a new, raw-capable 16-megapixel compact camera with 18x optical zoom and a five-axis image stabilisation system. Like its predecessor the EX-ZR700, the new Exilim EX-ZR800 boasts a 25-450mm equivalent lens fitted elegantly into a compact body. The new camera also features other enhanced shooting functions. This is the first Exilim model to have a Time Lapse function and a “sparkling shot” filter effect. In addition, Casio has accelerated the frame rate in the auto focus mode and optimised the camera’s lens drive control, image sensor control and AF algorithm for parallel processing of AF operations and high-speed continuous shooting. The Casio Exilim EX-ZR800 will be available from the end of September, priced at €399.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Nearly four years after producing the first prototype, Professor Shree Nayar's BigShot DIY digital camera is now available to the general public. The main parts of the camera include a gearbox, a lens wheel, a printed circuit board with a 3-megapixel sensor and a 1.4-inch LCD panel, a LED flash, a rechargeable battery, a dynamo and a hand crank providing an option to use the camera when the battery is fully depleted. The final product is an improvement over the prototype, which made do with a 2-megapixel imager and no LCD screen at all. The lens wheel has three optical modules that allow you to take three types of photos - a "regular" lens with a horizontal angle of view of 40°, a wide-angle lens and a stereo lens for 3D photography. The BigShot camera is primarily intended to be an educational aid targeted at schoolchildren, with the kit being available for $89+shipping.
Nikon has issued a firmware update for the its Coolpix P7100 premium compact camera. Version 1.1 fixes a few bugs related to image playback, auto rotation, and self-timer shooting. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Nikon Coolpix L620 is a new, AA battery powered camera with a 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 14x optical zoom. The lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-350mm and comes with Vibration Reduction (VR) on board. In addition, the lens is able to focus on subjects as close as approximately 1 cm for macro photography. Other features include Target Finding AF, 6 Special Effects, 8 Filter Effects, 1920x1080/60i videos with stereo sound and an HS Movie function that can be applied to record movies that play back in slow motion at 1/2 normal speed for more dramatic movies, or high speed at twice the speed of normal playback. Movies recorded with the camera can also be played back on a TV by connecting the camera to the TV's HDMI port. The Nikon Coolpix L620 will be available next month for approximately $250/£200.
The Nikon Coolpix S6600 is a 16-megapixel compact camera with 12x optical zoom, built-in Wi-Fi and a side-hinged vari-angle monitor. In addition, Gesture Control recognizes the palm of the hand when the monitor is rotated to face the user, making it possible for users to perform a number of operations, including releasing the shutter and zooming in and out by simply moving their hand toward the appropriate icon displayed in the monitor. This function can also be used with movie recording. The 25-300mm equivalent lens offers a built-in lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function and supports macro photography with shooting as close as 2cm to the lens. The Nikon Coolpix S6600 will be available next month, priced at £199.99/€239.00.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 compact camera looks like in the flesh?
We have compiled a gallery of 22 hands-on photos of the new Panasonic DMC-FZ72 (also known as the FZ70), which boasts a staggering 60x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Panasonic has issued a firmware update for its Lumix LF1 premium compact camera. Version 1.1 improves the connectivity with Macintosh computers. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Panasonic Japan Support
Panasonic has posted a firmware update for the Panasonic Lumix FT5 / TS5 all-weather compact camera. Version 1.3 improves the functionality of the time-lapse feature. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Panasonic Support
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The Hasselblad Stellar is a 20-megapixel compact camera with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a 1"-type sensor. Modelled on the Sony RX100, the Hasselblad Stellar retains all the headline specifications and adds a wooden grip. The company has set up a dedicated microsite for the Hasselblad Stellar, but has not officially announced its suggested retail price yet. The camera will go on sale later this month.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Panasonic has posted a firmware update for the Lumix FH10 (a.k.a FS50) and XS1 compact cameras. Version 1.1 improves the playback quality of panoramic images and pictures taken at the 3-megapixel and 5-megapixel settings. You can download the firmware update from the website below.
Website: Panasonic Japan Support
The Polaroid Socialmatic is an Android-powered 14-megapixel compact camera with a built-in ZINK instant printer, 4.3" touchscreen, GPS and Wi-Fi. Other highlights include a 2-megapixel secondary camera, a front-mounted monochromatic LCD with a uniqe "Mood Assistant" feature, Bluetooth and Socialmatic Network connectivity, remote printing capabilities and SDHC memory card support. The Polaroid Socialmatic will hit the shops in the first quarter of 2014 at a price of $299.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a 60x optical zoom, the highest of any compact camera. Offering a focal length of 20-1200mm, the 60x optical zoom of the FZ72 can be increased to an incredible 102x optical zoom using the 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens DMW-LT55, enough to capture the cratered surface of the moon. The Panasonic FZ72 also has a 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i/50i videos, 9fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, and a hotshoe. The Panasonic DMC-FZ72 will be available from August, price to be announced.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3 is an ultra-slim and super-stylish compact camera. Just 14mm thick, the DMC-XS3 has a 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, a fast F2.8 24mm wide-angle lens, and offers 920 x 1080 full HD video recording. The Panasonic DMC-XS3 will be available from September in a choice of two colours, price to be announced.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sony have commissioned professional street photographers Aimee Turner & Lee Strickland to explore three of the UK's most vibrant cities using Sony' RX1 cameras. The expert compact, which boasts a 35mm full frame sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels, was used to capture street style photography in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Speaking about his experience shooting London and Birmingham with the RX1, Lee Strickland said “The RX1 is a great camera to shoot with, especially when shooting street photography from the hip. The main feature that really makes this camera stand out for me is its full size sensor, which gives you ability to shoot raw files with the picture quality of a DSLR.”
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Lytro has expanded its US distribution, with in-store availability at 44 Best Buy stores across the country, as well as at B&H's NYC superstore. Lytro is also currently available through international retail partners in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This, along with today's UK launch, marks Lytro’s second international retail expansion, following the camera’s debut in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Canada in October 2012. “As we continue to expand internationally, this is an opportunity to work with partners who share our vision for light field technology and support it across new markets. We look forward to seeing the kinds of living pictures our new European customers will create,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro.
JK Imaging, the worldwide licensee of the Kodak brand name for digital cameras, has expanded its Astro Zoom (AZ) range with a number of new 16-megapixel models. The Kodak Pixpro AZ521, AZ362 and AZ251 join the Pixpro AZ361, which was announced in April. The range-topping Kodak AZ521 offers 52x optical zoom (24-1248mm eq.), Full HD video and a 3" rear screen. The Kodak Pixpro AZ362 ($249.99, pictured) boasts a 24-864mm equivalent lens with OIS, Full HD movie recording capability (which is a step up from the AZ361's 720p video) and a 3", 460,000-dot display. Finally, the AA-battery-powered Kodak Astro Zoom AZ251 ($149.99) offers a 24-600mm equivalent superzoom lens with image stabilisation, a 3", 230,000-dot monitor and 720p HD movies.
Website: Kodak Digital Devices
Friday, July 12, 2013
Kenko Tokina has announced the DSC880DW waterproof digital camera, which features a dual-monitor design. Waterproof to a depth of 3m for up to an hour, the 8.17-megapixel DSC880DW has a 2.7-inch display at the rear and a smaller, 1.8-inch monitor on its front plate. Perhaps the most striking feature of the camera is its 1.8mm f/2.8 lens which, given the 1/3.2"-type sensor, works out to about 14mm in 35mm terms. The product page on Kenko Tokina's website does not specifiy whether this is a rectilinear lens or a fisheye optic, but we suspect it's the latter. At the moment, there is no word on international availability and pricing.