Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Canon has issued a firmware upgrade for the Canon PowerShot S100 digital compact camera. According to the company, Version 22.214.171.124 “fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length may not change when the control ring’s function is to control the step zoom, and the control ring is turned slowly, click-by-click.” You can download the firmware update from the website below.
Website: Canon Powershot S100 / Canon U.S.A.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Canon have provided a rare opportunity to see into the minds of their product design team by providing early hand-drawn sketches for the innovative PowerShot N compact camera.
Four people from Canon’s Japanese team were responsible for the PowerShot N’s design. Miyabi Orihashi, Product Designer, Design Center, Canon Inc, and designer of the PowerShot N commented: “The PowerShot N is not only for consumers who want to record memories but also for those who are eager to capture beautiful, artistic photos for other people to enjoy. I hope people who don’t have a deep knowledge of camera functions and settings will find they are able to take a range of interesting and expressive images using this camera.”
The Nikon Coolpix S3500 is a new 20 megapixel compact camera with a 7x wide-angle zoom lens, 2.7 inch LCD screen, lens-shift vibration reduction, 720p video recording, and in-camera filter effects. Successor to Europe’s best-selling compact camera of 2012, the S3300, the new Nikon S3500 comes in eight colours: purple, silver, black, red, orange, pink, pink with lineart, and blue with lineart and retails for £129.99 / €155.00, available from 22nd February 2013. In the US it will be available in Silver, Red, Purple, Orange and Decorative Pink for a suggested retail price of $139.95 in March 2013.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Sony Cyber-shot HX300, WX300, TX30 are three new power-packed compact cameras. The slim and super-stylish Sony WX300 is the world’s smallest and lightest camera with a 20x optical zoom, enhanced image stabilisation and speedy autofocus. The Sony HX300 has an ultra-powerful 50x optical zoom with DSLR-style handling and manual controls. The Sony TX30 is the world’s slimmest digital compact camera that’s waterproof up to 10m and freeze- and shock-proof.
The new Sony Cyber-shot HX300 will be available in the UK from March, and the WX300 and TX30 from April 2013, pricing to be announced.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Casio Europe has launched a new, 20.1-megapixel compact camera called the Casio EX-ZS30. Encased in a stainless steel body, the new model has a 26-156mm equivalent zoom lens and a beginner-friendly user interface. It is equipped with Premium Auto, which automatically analyses the scene to choose the best settings and performs optimal image processing. The Casio EX-ZS30 comes in five colour options: silver, black, purple, white, and pink. Pricing to be confirmed.
Casio has unveiled two new entry-level digital compact cameras, the Exilim EX-N5 and the Exilim EX-N50. The new models have rounded bodies that are easy to grip, and employ a CMF Design approach that considers not only colour, but also material and finish. Each of the new cameras has a CCD with an effective resolution of 16.1 megapixels and a 26-156mm equivalent lens. The Casio EX-N5 features a two–tone silver ring around the lens and comes in black, silver, white, and red. The Exilim EX-N50 sports a textured pinstripe pattern and a pearly finish. “The look changes slightly depending on the angle of the light, while the pearly shine and subdued color scheme creates an elegant impression,” the company says. The EX-N50 comes in three colors: silver, blue and red. Pricing for the new cameras has yet to be confirmed.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Before we reluctantly send the RX1 back to Sony, we thought we'd compare its Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens with another full-frame / 35mm combo, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and excellent new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. Take a closer look at how these two 35mm full frame, 35mm lens camera systems compare in our side-by-side comparison...
Monday, February 11, 2013
Samsung Electronics America today launched the first two models in its “Smart Camera 2.0” line-up. The Samsung WB250F long-zoom model (MSRP: $249.99) and DV150F DualView camera ($149.99) – which both offer Wi-Fi connectivity for photo sharing, backup and a range of other features – are available now at retailers across the U.S.A. Announced at CES, the “Smart Camera 2.0” range is aimed at smartphone users yearning for better imaging performance. As the flagship model of the WB long zoom line-up, the 14.2-megapixel WB250F comes with 18x optical zoom, a hybrid interface and a BSI CMOS sensor; while the DV150F combines Samsung’s unique DualView technology in the form of a 1.48” front LCD screen for easy self-portrait taking, with a 16.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom with an f:2.5, 25mm bright lens.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sigma has posted forty-two full-resolution sample photos taken with the Sigma DP3 Merrill large-sensor compact camera. Evidently aimed at demonstrating resolution, accutance and colour, all of these official Sigma DP3 Merrill samples were taken at low sensitivity settings (ISO 100/21° and ISO 200/24°). You can download the sample images from the website below.
Website: Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Images
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Olympus XZ-10 premium compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus XZ-10 compact camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous XZ-1 model.
Although equipped with a much smaller sensor than the Olympus XZ-1 and Stylus XZ-2, the new Olympus XZ-10 may still be of interest to serious photographers owing to its bright lens, full set of manual controls, 120fps high-speed HD video recording capabilities and 40% smaller size.
Casio Japan has announced two new 16-megapixel models in its High-Speed Exilim line of digital compact cameras. The Casio Exilim EX-ZR700 comes equipped with a 25-450mm equivalent lens, a 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor. The Exilim EX-ZR400 has a 24-300mm equivalent zoom lens and a powerful battery rated for 515 exposures on a single charge. With the adoption of the latest EXILIM Engine HS Version 3, these two new models combine responsive operation and high-speed burst shooting. A new Triple Shot function allows the user to responsively capture three successive images with a single press of the shutter, while a new inset display enables the user to review shots shown in part of the LCD while taking photos. Both new models come with Premium Auto Pro, which automatically combines images taken with high-speed burst shooting according to the shooting conditions. International availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.
The Fujifilm Finepix F850EXR is a new travelzoom camera with a 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor and a 25-500mm equivalent lens. While the F850EXR lacks the 11fps burst mode and ultra-fast auto focus of the F900EXR, it’s still a highly responsive compact, with focus times as short as 0.21sec and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 9fps. Other highlights include full-manual controls, a sensor-shift image stabilisation system, Full HD video capture at a smooth 60fps with optical zoom, EXR-Auto, a 360° Motion Panorama mode, Film Simulation, Advanced Filters and Scene Recognition.
Fujifilm USA is launching three new 16-megapixel bridge cameras into its spring 2013 range, the Fuji FinePix S6600, S6700 and S6800 (pictured). Outfitted with 26x, 28x and 30x zoom lenses, respectively, these cameras all offer a 24mm equivalent wide angle setting and are all armed with sensor-shift image stabilisation. Other standout points include full manual controls, tilting 3-inch LCD screens with 460,000 dots, an autofocus speed of 0.3 second, start-up times of 1.0 second, a 0.5-second interval between shots and a continuous shooting speed of 10fps.
Pentax Ricoh have unveiled a compact and highly portable waterproof digital camera called the Pentax WG-10. Waterproof to depths of 33 feet, the WG-10 offers a 14-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens coupled with a ring of LED Macro lights that enable users to take shadow-free, evenly-lit close-up shots. The Pentax WG-10 will be available from March / April for £179.99 / $179.95.
Pentax Ricoh have just introduced the Pentax WG-3 “adventureproof” compact, which comes in two versions, one with GPS and one without. Key components include a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a newly designed 4x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 at the wide end, and a Shake Reduction mechanism of the sensor-shift variety. Waterproof down to a depth of 45 feet, shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet, coldproof to 14 °F and crushproof withstanding up to 220 foot pounds of force; the Pentax WG-3 also boasts six LED lights surrounding the lens barrel for bright, shadow-free macro images. The GPS model offers enhanced functionality for geotagging images that can be mapped back to your journey and a dedicated second display showing compass direction, elevation or depth below water. Priced at £329.99 / $349.95 the new WG-3 GPS will be available in a choice of purple or green. The WG-3 comes in black or orange for a price of £279.99 / $299.95. Both models are scheduled for a March 2013 launch.
In addition to the enthusiast-focused Stylus XZ-10, Olympus has announced two new models in the Stylus Smart range, the VG-180 and the slimline VR-370. The entry-level, 16-megapixel Olympus VG180 sports a 26-130mm equivalent lens and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 230,000 dots. The Olympus VR-370 (pictured) also uses a 16-megapixel CCD but comes with a 24-30mm equivalent optic, sensor-shift image stabilisation and a higher-resolution 3-inch rear screen. Both cameras are compatible with Eye-Fi’s range of wireless memory cards.
The Fujifilm Finepix S4800 is a new bridge camera with a 16 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and 30x optical zoom. Featuring a 24-720mm equivalent Fujinon lens and sensor-shift image stabilisation, the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 comes equipped with a PASM mode dial and a 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Features such as Instant Zoom, which shows your composition area as well as the area outside the frame, and Individual Shutter 3D, which creates 3D pictures by merging 2 images, provide an interesting twist for your photos. Powered by four AA type batteries, the Fuji FinePix S4800 will be available from April in black, white and red colours, priced at £149.99.
The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR is a new slimline travelzoom camera with a 16-megapixel 1/2”-type EXR CMOS II sensor, 25-500mm equivalent lens and new “Intelligent Hybrid AF system” that focuses in as little as 0.05sec when employing the on-chip phase-detect AF sensors. The ultra-responsive compact boasts a start-up time of 1.1sec, shot-to-shot times of 0.5sec and continuous shooting at up to 11fps (albeit only for a maximum of 5 frames). The Finepix F900EXR also offers wireless connectivity, allowing you to back up your photos on your home PC or transfer them to your smartphone or tablet. Other highlights include Full HD movie capture at a smooth 60fps - with Intelligent Hybrid AF and optical zoom also available for videos -, Multiple Exposure, EXR-Auto, a 360° Motion Panorama mode, Film Simulation, Advanced Filters and Scene Recognition. Full manual controls, raw image capture and a 3-inch, wide-viewing-angle LCD screen round off the features list. The Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR will become available in April, at an RRP of £279.99.
The Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is a 12-megapixel compact camera with a 1/2.7-type backlit CMOS sensor and a 26-130mm (eq.) f/1.8-2.7 lens. Although equipped with a much smaller sensor than the Olympus XZ-1 and Stylus XZ-2, the new Olympus XZ-10 may still be of interest to serious photographers owing to its bright lens, full set of manual controls, 120fps high-speed HD video recording capabilities and 40% smaller size. Just like the flagship XZ-2, the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 has a customisable control ring around the lens for adjusting key parameters manually, without taking your eye off your subject. The 3-inch rear display offers a range of touch-based functions such as Touch AF and Touch Shutter. Priced at £349. the XZ-10 is FlashAir-compatible so you can connect to the cloud or a social network using your familiar smartphone interface and an optional FlashAir card. Availability is slated for March.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nikon has refreshed its Coolpix L and P ranges with the Nikon Coolpix L820 and P520 models. The Nikon Coolpix L820 ($279.95) is an easy-to-use, AA battery operated 16-megapixel digital superzoom camera with 30x optical zoom and Full HD video capture. Other highlights include Vibration Reduction, Eye-Fi memory card compatibility, a 3-inch rear screen and a “smart portrait system.” The 18-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P520 (£399.99 / €479.00 / $449.95, pictured) is a more serious proposition offering 42x optical zoom, a vari-angle, 3.2-inch, 921k-dot display and full manual control over the shooting settings. An optional Wi-Fi dongle can instantly transfer images and movies to virtually any smart device. Other key features include an auto HDR mode, a customisable function button, a 1cm macro mode, Easy Panorama and 3D shooting modes, 7fps continuous shooting at full resolution, and the ability to use the optical zoom while recording a full HD movie.