Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Friday, July 12, 2013
Casio has launched two new digital compact cameras dedicated to shooting self-portraits. Like the Exilim TR-100 (a.k.a. TRYX) and EX-TR150, the new Casio EX-TR10 and EX-TR15 employ an adaptable frame, a rotating monitor, 12-megapixel sensor, 21mm equivlent lens, and come complete with a special "make-up mode." They also add a new self-portrait button on the frame, a 920,000-dot screen, and a new function called Skin Brightening Mode, which makes skin look even more beautiful, the company claims. The EX-TR15 additionally features wireless connectivity. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.
Friday, July 5, 2013
The Samsung WB110 is a new superzoom camera with an optically stabilised 22.3-580mm (eq.) f/3.1-5.9 lens and a 20.2-megapixel CCD imager. The WB110’s 3.0”hVGA LCD display automatically selects the optimal light level for whatever situation you find yourself in, so that images and video can be replayed easily and clearly. Powered by four AA type batteries, the Samsung WB110 records images on SDXC cards. Because of the limitations of CCD technology, the camera is limited to 720p video, captured at 30 frames per second, compressed with the AVC/H.264 codec and stored in MPEG4 format. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated. Update: Samsung UK currently has no plans to market the camera in the United Kingdom.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II expert compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II compact camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the RX100 model, and with the optional electronic viewfinder fitted.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R expert compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R compact camera.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is the first ever Sony camera to feature NFC connectivity. Succesor to the popular RX100, the new RX100 II compact camera has a 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type CMOS sensor, Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal accessory connections, a tiltable LCD screen, Full HD 24p/25p movie for cinematic video footage, plus built-in wi-fi. The Sony RX100 II will be available from mid-July 2013, priced at around £650 in the UK. The RX100 model will continue for the forseeable future.
New accessories inclue a grip for both the RX100 and RX100 II, the AG-R1, which will cost £10, the VFA-49R1 49mm lens filter adapter, and the LCJ-RXC leather case (£75).
The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is a new 35mm full-frame compact camera without an optical low-pass filter. To compensate for the OLPF’s removal, the RX1R’s processing functions have been optimised to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance. Designed to deliver the sharpest ever detail, the Cyber-shot RX1R has the same 24.3 effective megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F2 lens as the original RX1 model. Available in mid-July 2013, the RX1R will cost the same as the RX1 at £2,600 in the UK.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Sigma has released firmware updates for the Sigma DP1 Merrill,DP2 Merrill and DP3 Merrill large-sensor digital compact cameras. In addition to fixing bugs, these updates incorporate a number of enhancements and improvements. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Leica Netherlands have published 21 full-resolution JPEG samples and three DNG files from the new Leica X Vario large-sensor digital compact camera. Taken by a Leica brand manager called Eric Hendrix in Venice, Italy, these Leica X Vario "Mini M" samples provide a first glimpse at what the camera is capable of. The JPEG images are hosted on Flickr, while the three raw files can be downloaded from Box.com.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Leica X Vario is a new large-sensor compact camera with a 16-megapixel imager and a 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 lens. Billed as "the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens," the Leica X Vario is capable of shooting high-resolution stills as well as 1080p Full HD videos. The optical formula of the lens comprises 8 elements in 6 groups, including an aspherical glass element. The suggested retail price of the camera is £2,150. The Leica X Vario is also available as a set with the X Vario camera protector and carrying strap in tan leather, for a kit price of £2,250. As expected based on the teaser campaign that preceded the launch, the Leica X Vario "Mini M" does not have an integrated eye-level finder - but you can buy an optional EVF for £380.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Canon has posted a firmware update for its PowerShot SX280 HS digital compact camera. Version 188.8.131.52 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:
1. Increases the duration of movie shooting by 20% in cases where the optical zoom is used compared to cameras running Firmware Version 184.108.40.206 or Firmware Version 220.127.116.11 through a reduction in the power consumption of the optical zoom.
2. Fixes a phenomenon with cameras running firmware version 18.104.22.168, in which the low-battery-level warning is prematurely displayed while shooting in movie mode.
Website: Canon U.S.A. Support
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Futuresource Consulting forecasts that the so-called 'smart camera' market will reach 4.7 million units globally by 2016. "Smart cameras are still a niche market, with few players in this segment," says Arun Gill, Market Analyst with Futuresource Consulting. "However, looking forward, sales of smart cameras are expected to grow; with our forecasts indicating that shipments will reach one million units in 2013, and grow a further 68% CAGR by 2016 to reach 4.7 million units worldwide." The average smart camera's trade price is forecast to be $202 by 2017, versus $87 for fixed-lens cameras without Wi-Fi and $107 with Wi-Fi. (Futuresource defines smart cameras as "a hybrid of Smartphones and Digital cameras, capable of capturing good quality photos in low light conditions and with good optical zooms, combined with the usability, connectivity and apps consumers associate with their Smartphone camera.") You can buy the report, Prospects for the Smart Camera Market, through the website below.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Pentax UK has revealed the recommended retail price of the 14-megapixel Pentax Efina digital compact camera. Announced in January, the Pentax Efina comes equipped with a 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens sporting 6 elements in 5 groups including 3 aspherical elements; a 1/2.3-type CCD sensor and a “self-portrait mirror." The name harks back to the days of film photography when Pentax had two APS cameras with a similar designation (the Pentax Efina and the Pentax Efina T). The digital Pentax Efina carries a suggested retail price of £79.99 in the UK.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Nikon UK's latest promotion gives customers the chance to win one of over 1200 prizes with purchases of selected Coolpix models. Eligible products include the Nikon Coolpix L320 (pictured), L610, S6400, S6400, S6500, S9400, S9500, P520 and S9050 digital compact cameras. To be in with a chance of winning, customers simply have to register their purchase online and answer a question online, at the website below.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Fuji has released a new firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S large-sensor compact camera. Version 1.03 fixes a rare bug that sometimes caused, as the company puts it, "a grainy image like TV fuzz" to appear on the rear screen while the live view feed was displayed. You can download the firmware update from the website below.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Lifeloggers is a new documentary released by Memoto, the startup behind the stamp-sized lifelogging camera. The Swedish firm sent out two film students into the world to explore and document how "lifelogging" is going to change how we remember our lives, track and monitor our health and find out any possible risks of documenting our lives. The two students, Amanda Alm and Ville Boom, traveled around the world for six weeks interviewing pioneers in the field, entrepreneurs, and lifeloggers. The documentary can now be viewed at the website below.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Nikon has released a firmware update for its Coolpix P7700 digital compact camera. According to the company, Version 1.02 fixes the following bugs:
"When shooting with shooting mode set to M (manual), ISO sensitivity set to Auto, ISO 80-200, ISO 80-400, or ISO 80-800 and the flash used, ISO sensitivity was sometimes not locked at ISO 80 and a different ISO sensitivity was sometimes applied."
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Fujifilm has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Best Expert Compact System Camera award went to the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R was named "Best Compact System Camera Prime Lens," while the Fujifilm X20 (pictured) received TIPA's Best Expert Compact Camera award.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR super-zoom camera. According to the company, Version 1.01 incorporates the following enhancements:
- "Operability with Eye-Fi card is improved."
- "Disconnection of objects shown in Motion Panorama images by vertical direction shooting is improved."
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fuji has released a firmware update for the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR digital compact camera. According to the company, version 1.01 incorporates the following fixes:
- "The phenomenon is fixed that the brightness of objects in live view could change momentarily during repeating zoom-in and zoom-out."
- "Disconnection of objects shown in Motion Panorama images taken in the vertical direction is improved."
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Pentax Ricoh UK has just launched a cashback promotion across its range of digital SLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras. The cashback campaign will run from 4 May – 27 July 2013. Click through / scroll down for the list of eligible products and the amount of cashback you can claim on your purchases.