Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today unveiled the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Enhanced Grip Edition. Successor to the PowerShot G1 X, the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II promises "DSLR-like image quality and handling within the compact form and function of the highly successful PowerShot G-series." Featuring a completely re-mastered design, with a stainless steel chassis and all aluminium metal exterior, the camera has a sizeable ergonomic grip and a large CMOS imager. The new sensor configuration means that it can adapt and use the full width of the lens image circle, whether capturing images in its default 3:2 aspect ratio at 12.8MP or 4:3 ratio at 13.1MP. The camera comes equipped with a 12.5-62.5mm (24-120mm eq.) f/2.0-3.9 lens and features a focus peaking function, perfect for manual focus enthusiasts. The improved AiAF System now includes thirty-one AF points compared to the PowerShot G1X’s nine. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Enhanced Grip Edition will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £799.00/€949.00/$799.99.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

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Billed as Canon’s slimmest ever 30x optical zoom camera, the new PowerShot SX700 HS features a 16-megapixel CMOS imager, 25-750mm equivalent superzoom lens, Full HD 60p movies with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Offering Manual, Av and Tv shooting modes, the Canon Powershot SX700 HS also boasts a five-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS mode that stabilises movies and stills alike. The new Wi-Fi connectivity includes remote shooting from smartphones and allows you to keep your images backed up with Image Sync, which lets you wirelessly transfer shots to cloud storage destinations including Canon Image Gateway, Flickr and Google Drive. The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS will be available from March 2014 with an SRP of £329.00/€399.00/$349.99.

Canon IXUS 155, IXUS 150 and IXUS 145

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today added a trio of new high-zoom cameras to its IXUS series. The 20-megapixel Canon IXUS 155 (called the ELPH 150 IS in North America, £129/€149/$150) offers 10x optical zoom in a stylish ultra compact body with metal exterior (pictured). The Canon IXUS 150 (ELPH 140 IS, £109/€129/$130) and IXUS 145 (ELPH 135, £99/€119/120) come equipped with 16-megapixel sensors and 8x optical zoom. The IXUS 155 and IXUS 150 feature Canon’s advanced optical Image Stabiliser with Intelligent IS technology. When it comes to video recording, all three models are limited to 720p resolution for reasons inherent in the properties of their CCD sensors. The Canon IXUS 145, IXUS 150 and IXUS 155 will be available later this month.

Canon PowerShot D30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today announced its newest rugged camera, the PowerShot D30. Waterproof to depths of up to 25m, shockproof for drops of up to 2.0m and freezeproof down to -10 °C, the CanonPowerShot D30 utilises a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent lens, as well as an on-board GPS module. Its special underwater shooting mode and the easily accessible Custom White Balance function allow you to quickly adjust settings for natural colours when submerged. In addition to capturing twelve-megapixel stills, the Canon PowerShot D30 can also record Full HD videos at the touch of a dedicated movie record button. A bright 3", 460k-dot LCD screen with Sunlight LCD mode rounds off the features list. The Canon PowerShot D30 will be available from April 2014 at a suggested retail price of £299.00/€349.00/$329.99.

Sony Cyber-shot HX400V Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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See exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot HX400V compact camera looks like in the flesh.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 34 photos of the Sony Cyber-shot HX400V compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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See exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot H400 compact camera looks like in the flesh.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 24 photos of the Sony Cyber-shot H400 compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V Hands-on Review

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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See exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot HX60V compact camera looks like in the flesh.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 29 photos of the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot HX400V

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot HX400V is a premium super-zoom bridge camera with a 50x zoom lens. The Sony HX400V also offers a 20.4 megapixel Exmor RTM CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor, DSLR-style handling, electronic viewfinder and manual controls, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and built-in GPS. The Sony Cyber-shot HX400V will be avilable in March for £420.

Sony Cyber-shot H400

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot H400 is an affordable new super-zoom camera with a 63x optical zoom lens, the highest ever in a compact digital camera. The Sony H400 also features a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor, DSLR-style body, electronic viewfinder, Intelligent Auto, dedicated movie button and high-capacity lithium-ion battery.

The Sony Cyber-shot H400 will be available in April priced at £250.

Sony Cyber-shot HX60V, HX60, WX350, WX220 and W800

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The Sony Cyber-shot HX60V/HX60 is a premium travel-zoom camera with 20.4 megapixels, 30x optical zoom, Bionz X processor, Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity and GPS (HX60V only). The Sony HX60 V costs £340 and the HX60 £330, both available in March.

The Sony Cyber-shot WX350 is the world’s smallest and lightest compact camera with a powerful 20x optical zoom. The Sony WX350 offers 18.2 megapixels, Wi-Fi/NFC and 470-shot battery life and will be available in March for £260.

The Sony Cyber-shot WX220 offers a 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor and 10x optical zoom G Lens, and is available in March for £180..

The easy-to-use Sony Cyber-shot W800 has a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens with Advanced Flash and Party Modes, available in March for £80.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sigma dp Quattro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sigma has announced the Sigma dp Quattro line of large-sensor compact cameras, which feature a new-generation Foveon sensor and a radically new design. The Sigma dp1 Quattro, dp2 Quattro and dp3 Quattro each come equipped with a newly developed, APS-C sized Foveon X3 Quattro sensor, which outputs 5424x3616-pixel raw images at the highest resolution setting. Like before, the various models in the dp series differ from each other in the optics: the dp1 Quattro comes with a 19mm (28mm eq.) f/2.8 lens featuring 9 elements in 8 groups and a 9-bladed diaphragm, the dp2 Quattro (pictured) has a 30mm (45mm eq.) f/2.8 lens with 8 elements in 6 groups, while the Sigma dp3 Quattro is equipped with a 50mm (75mm eq.) f/2.8 lens constructed of 10 elements in 8 groups and a 7-bladed iris diaphragm. Availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.

Casio EX-100 HS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio Japan has announced the Exillim EX-100 HS digital camera, which boasts a 28-300mm (eq.) lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, 1/1.7-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor and tilting 3.5" LCD screen. Other notable features include manual controls, raw image capture, 6fps continuous shooting with auto focus, on-board Wi-Fi, HDR exposure blending, interval shooting, time-lapse and slow.motion movie recording, electronic level function and an interesting "all-in-focus macro" feature that combines focus bracketing with high-speed continuous shooting to create a focus-stacked image with expanded depth of field. Currently, there is no information on international availability and pricing.

Source: Casio Japan

Friday, February 7, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a new digital superzoom camera with a 24-1440mm equivalent 60x zoom lens and on-board Wi-Fi. Other key features include lens-shift Virbration Reduction, a 7fps continuous shooting mode, Full HD 60i video recording capability, a large vari-angle high resolution (921k dots) LCD screen with bright RGBW technology and a customisable function button. The Nikon Coolpix P600 will be available in black and red for £429.99 / €519.00 / $499.95, starting 27 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P340

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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a 12-megapixel digital compact camera with a 5.1-25.5mm (24-120 mm eq.) f/1.8-5.6 lens and a 1/1.7-type image sensor. Designed for photography enthusiasts looking for a premium compact camera, the built-in WiFi lets you save and share images easily using your smart device. Meanwhile the multifunctional lens ring offers quick access to various settings like manual focus, shutter speed or ISO.  When quality matters, you can shoot RAW (NRW) images to really make the most of the sensor’s potential, and even process images in-camera, before viewing them clearly on the bright 7.5-cm/3.0-in 921k-dot RGBW screen. Priced at £349.99 / €429.00 / $379.95, the Nikon Coolpix P340 will be available in black and white from 27th February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P530

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The Nikon Coolpix P530 is a 16-megapixel bridge-styled camera with 42x optical zoom and a 921k-dot LCD screen. The 24-1000m (eq.) f/3.0-5.9 lens features Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction technology and an optical construction boasting 14 elements in 10 groups, including 4 extra-low-dispersion elements.Other highlights include a 201k dot electronic viewfinder, an electronically controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm, manual exposure control and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The Nikon Coolpix will be available in black for €399.00 / £329.99 / $449.95, starting 13 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix AW120 is a rugged all-weather camera that's waterproof to 18m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C. Key features include an internally stacked 24-120mm (eq.) f/2.8-4.9 lens, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, world maps and a compass. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is capable of recording Full HD videos with optical zoom. Explorers can even film in slow and fast motion at speeds from 15 to 240fps. The camera's 3.0-in 921k-dot OLED screen display has superior brightness and visibility for clear playback, even underwater or in direct sunlight. Offered in black, blue, camouflage and orange, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 will go on sale on 27 February 2014, priced at £329.99 / €399.00 / $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S32

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The Nikon Coolpix S32 is a 13-megapixel dust-, shock- and waterproof camera designed for the whole family. James Loader, Senior Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon UK, comments: “The Coolpix S32 is an easy to use camera that has been designed for use by all the family and, with its tough design and range of features, including a dedicated button for each function, it’s always easy to record key moments in stills or in Full HD video. Fun dedicated filters combined with a 3x optical zoom lens and clear 6.7-cm/2.7-in 230k-dot LCD screen make taking and reviewing great photos second nature." The Nikon Coolpix S32 will be available from 27th February in blue, pink, white and yellow colours, priced at £99.99 / €120.00 / $129.95.

Nikon Coolpix S9700

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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a slimline camera with 30x optical zoom, manual shooting modes and a 3-in, 921k dot OLED screen. You can set manual and automatic exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and scene modes with the simple turn of a dial and switch to shooting Full HD video with stereo sound quality with the press of a button.  Early subject detection means you’re always ready to shoot whilst Pre-AF shortens the autofocus time. Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS round off the features list. On sale from 27 February 2014, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 will be available in black, red, and white, priced at £329.99 / €399.00 / $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S9600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S9600 is a slimline compact camera with 22x optical zoom and wireless connectivity. The 25-550mm (eq.) f/3.4-6.3 lens offers Vibration Reduction to counter camera shake, while the built-in WiFi allows you to transfer photos easily to a smartphone or tablet to share them instantly on social networks or via email. Alternatively, you can use it to turn your smart device into a remote control. Other highlights include a 3" display, Full HD movie recording capability, Easy Panorama mode and high-speed continuous shooting at up to 6.7 frames per second. Hitting the shelves on 27th February, the Nikon Coolpix S9600 will be available in black, red and white for £249.99 / €309.00.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ricoh WG-4 & WG-4 GPS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh WG-4 is a new 16-megapixel water-, crush-, shock- and freezeproof compact camera with a fast wide-angle lens. Equipped with a 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens, the Ricoh WG-4 comes in two versions, with and without GPS. Thanks to the upgraded AF algorithm, the focusing speed in macro shooting has been greatly increased to facilitate close-up applications, the company says. Designed for the adventurous photographer, the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS (pictured) are waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C, and crushproof to 100kg. Other highlights include six LED macro lights to assist close-up shooting, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The new WG-4 GPS is available in a choice of blue or black for a price of £329.99 / $379.95. The WG-4 is available in silver or lime yellow for a price of £279.99 / $329.95. Both models will hit the shelves in March 2014.