Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Ricoh WG-20 is a new, 14-megapixel water-, shock-, freeze- and crushproof compact camera with a 28-140mm equivalent lens and 25 shooting modes. Waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from drops of up to five feet, coldproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof, withstanding up to 220 foot-pounds of force, the Ricoh WG-20 is capable of recording 720p high-definition movies, in addition to 14-megapixel stills. Offered in white and red, the WG-20 will be available in March 2014 for a price of £199.99 / $199.95.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sony has released a firmware update for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules. Version 2.00 changes the resolution of MP4 video files from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080 pixels and expands the ISO range to ISO 3200/36° on the QX10 and ISO 12800/42° on the QX100. Additionally, the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 gains a "shutter priority auto" shooting mode, enabling users to control shutter speed directly.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
See exactly what the new Olympus SP-100EE compact camera looks like in the flesh, and read our first hands-on impressions.
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus SP-100EE compact camera, which intriguingly features the world's first dot aiming point on a camera.
The Olympus SP-100EE is the world's first camera with an integrated dot-sight to aid long zoom framing and subject tracking. The sight works in tandem with the SP-100EE's 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom lens to enable easy high-power zooming and subject capture. Other key features of the SP-100EE include a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, an electronic viewfinder, DSLR-oriented looks, and 60p Full HD movies.
Available in black from March 2014, the Olympus SP-100EE will cost £349.99.
The Olympus TG-850 is a new tough compact camera featuring an integrated 180° tiltable LCD screen. The TG850 also offers a 5x zoom lens, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 60p Full HD movies, and 7.1 fps sequential shooting.
The Olympus TG-850 will be available from March 2014. It costs £269.99, and comes in a choice of silver, black or white.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Nikon has posted a service advisory to owners of its Coolpix L25 digital compact camera. "It has recently become clear that in some very rare cases, if the camera is subjected to a strong shock such as being dropped or struck, heat may be generated from inside the camera and the top cover of the Nikon Coolpix L25 may become deformed and a small gap may be visible near the shutter-release button," the company says. "There is no danger of fire." Nikon will be offering a free inspection and modification service to prevent the possibility of this problem from occurring. Click through / scroll down for the detailed, illustrated service advisory.
Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR digital compact camera. Version 3.00 adds [Aspect Ratio] to the parameters of [RAW Development], enables shutter speed adjustments in 1/3EV increments when [ISO Step Setting] is set to [1/3EV], adds a [Folder Name Setting] to the Setup menu and a new [AFL Focus Setting] to the Key Custom Options menu. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Ricoh Japan
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sony are set to unveil more new compact, bridge and mirrorless cameras at next month's CP+ show.
In a briefing held by Sony UK today, company representatives stated that a new ultra-zoom bridge camera will be announced in February with a faster processor than previous generations. The mystery product was demoed live with no annoying "Processing..." messages while images were saved, and burst shooting continuing indefinitely until the memory card is filled, albeit at a reduced frame-rate. The new super-zoom bridge model is just a small part of Sony's emphasis on faster speed for their 2014 cameras, which will also encompass faster auto-focusing speeds.
In addition to the bridge camera, new compact cameras will be announced in February, along with new compact system camera models at both the CP+ show and Photokina later in the year.
Meanwhile, the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 smartphone module apparently sold out in the UK during the Christmad period. Aided by strong sales of the more expensive QX100 model, the Sony QX series will definitely continue into the second generation.