Category: CES 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A detailed hands-on look at Fujifilm’s new CES compact cameras.
Fujifilm have announced so many new cameras that it took us what seemed like forever to photograph them all, and we haven’t included the headline-grabbing X-Pro1 that we’ve covered in-depth elsewhere.
There’s everything from new entry-level point-and-shoots, waterproofs, travel-zooms and an extensive range of ultra-zoom bridge cameras.
So take a closer look at all the Fujifilm CES 2012 cameras in our 50-strong photo gallery.
A detailed hands-on look at Panasonic’s new CES cameras and lenses.
In addition to the prototype 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses, Panasonic are also displaying prototypes of the four new Lumix conversion lenses - DMC-GWC1 wide, DMC-GTC1 tele, DMC-GMC1 macro, and DMC-GFC1 fisheye - which will retail between $129.95 and $149.95 (fisheye) in the US (UK pricing TBC).
Quality is said to be on a professional level, although they’re not X-branded, and we couldn’t what the light loss will be when they’re fitted to either the 14-42mm power-zoom or 14mm pancake lenses that they’re compatible with.
Also on display are the five new compact cameras that were announced last week - the DMC-S2, DMC-FH2, DMC-FH8, DMC-SZ1 and the DMC-SZ7 (US product names) - and the rugged HX-WA2 hybrid camcorder.
Take a closer look at all of Panasonic’s CES 2012 cameras and lenses in our photo gallery.
Nik Software has announced Snapseed for Android tablets. The new version of the company’s photo enhancement and sharing app will be initially compatible with NVIDIA Tegra-powered tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x). “We’re very pleased to bring Snapseed to the Android tablet market,” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. “Offering Snapseed for Android tablets is a great opportunity for more users to experience the fun and creativity of photo editing and sharing. We worked with NVIDIA to make Snapseed fast and responsive for Android users everywhere.” Snapseed for Android Tablets will be available on the Android Market in early 2012 for $4.99.
Nik Sogtware has announced a MacOS version of Snapseed, an image editing and sharing application originally designed for the iPad. “We’re thrilled with the success and worldwide recognition of our popular mobile app and are excited to bring the Snapseed experience to Mac users for the first time,” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. Compatible with MacOS 10.6.8 and 10.7.2 and later, Snapseed will be available in 2012 on the Mac App Store for $19.99.
Fujifilm has published nine full-resolution sample photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 compact system camera. These include three photographs captured with each Fujinon XF lens, the 18mm f/2 R, the 35mm f/1,4 R and the 60mm f/2.4 Macro. The JPEG files are between 2.5MB and 6.9MB in size, depending on the subject.
The Kodak Easyshare M215 is a credit card sized 14-megapixel camera with a 26-130mm equivalent lens, whose main claim to fame is a mirror on the front that makes it easy to frame yourself in self-portraits and group shots. Other highlights include a multitude of scene modes, HD video recording with a dedicated movie shutter release, Smart Capture Technology and in-camera panorama stitching. Compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards, the Kodak EasyShare M215 sells for $99.95
The Kodak Easyshare M565 is a 14-megpixel compact with 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens, in-camera panorama stitching and Eye-Fi card support. Powered by a proprietary Lithium-ion battery, the Kodak Easyshare M565 features 16 scene modes, Face Detection, Smart Capture Technology, a dedicated Share and movie record buttons, a 2.7-inch TFT display and 720p HD video capture.
The Kodak Easyshare Sport C135 is an affordable, rugged compact camera with a 14 megapixel imager and a fixed 35mm (eq.) lens. Dustproof and waterproof down to a depth of 5m, the Kodak Easyshare Sport C135 is a simple AA battery powered camera with a VGA video mode, Eye-Fi memory card support and a 2.4-inch rear screen. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $79.95.
The Kodak Easyshare Z5120 is a 16-megapixel camera with a 26-676mm equivalent Retinar zoom lens, optical image stabilisation and Eye-Fi card support. Powered by ubiquitous AA batteries, the Kodak Easyshare Z5120 features, Smart Capture Technology, Program, Manual and scene modes, in-camera panorama stitching, 720p video capture and a 3-inch rear screen. The Z5120 is priced at $229.95.
The 16-megapixel Casio EX-ZR200 is the company’s new flagship compact camera in the Exilim line-up, boasting a 24-300mm equivalent lens, multi-shot HDR technology and Casio’s new Rapid Shutter feature. Other highlights include a HS Exilim engine with high-speed shooting and high-speed image processing, High Speed Anti Shake and High Speed Night Scene modes and a new Premium Auto Pro mode. Additionally, Casio has employed its high-speed burst shooting technologies to create an original technique that imitates the soft blur effect attainable using a single-lens reflex camera. The new Wide Shot function lets users create ultra-wideangle shots by panning the camera (equivalent to 18mm or 14mm wide-angle when converted to 35mm film format). Also capable of recording Full HD movies, the Casio EX-ZR200 will be available in Black, White, Red and Gold and will ship in April for $379.99.
In addition to the Exilim EX-ZR15, Casio has also released four entry-level digital compact cameras. The Casio EX-ZS150, EX-ZS20, EX-ZS12, and EX-ZS6 all feature powerful zoom lenses and 16-megapixel sensors. The EX-ZS150 ($229.99) is equipped with a 24-300mm equivalent lens, while the EX-ZS20 ($159.99) is outfitted with a 26-156mm equivalent zoom in a slim, stainless-steel body. Meanwhile, the EX-ZS12 ($139.99) and EX-ZS6 ($119.99) are each equipped with a 26-130mm equivalent lens, with the EX-ZS12 also featuring a slim, stainless-steel body. The new Exilim models also offer a self-portrait function, 720p HD movie recording, USB charging and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.
The Polaroid SC1630 “Smart Camera” is an Android powered, 16-megapixel digital compact camera with 3x optical zoom and Wi-Fi connectivity. Outfitted with a 36-108mm equivalent lens and a 3.2-inch touchscreen, the Polaroid SC1630 comes with 18 scene modes, face and smile detection, geotagging and on-board editing features. Additionally, the SC1630 gives the user access to the Android Market with its countless photography apps. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera will be available in 2012, with pricing to be communicated.
The JVC GY-HMQ10 is billed as the world’s first hand-held 4K camcorder, which records 24p/50p/60p video at a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. JVC’s exclusive Falconbrid LSI processing takes raw image data from the device’s 8.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and demosaics it in real time, meaning that it can output 4K footage to a monitor or projection system with virtually no latency. This capability opens up applications in cinematography, medical microscopy, telepresence, specialized observation / surveillance, and live wide-view event coverage, the company says. Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to SDHC or SDXC memory cards. Available from March, the JVC GY-HMQ10 carries an MSRP of $4,995.
Panasonic have unveiled two new concept lenses, the 12-35mm and 35-100mm, at CES 2012.
Being shown under glass, the Lumix 12-35mm (24-70mm equivalent) and 35-100mm (70-200mm equivalent) are both Power O.I.S lenses with maximum apertures of f/2.8, and they accept 58mm filters.
Other than a prominent sign stating “Concept Lens” behind each one, there’s no other information on if or when they will see the light of day.
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A detailed hands-on look at Casio’s new CES compact cameras.
Casio have announced 6 new cameras, 4 entry-level models that we forget the names of (we lie - they’re the Z150, ZS20, ZS12 and the ZS6, and the flagship 12.5x zoom ZR200 and the 7x zoom ZR15, both of which were announced late last year outside the US. The latter two models are the main focus in the camera area of Casio’s CES stand.
Take a close-up look at the Casio CES 2012 cameras in our photo gallery.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A detailed hands-on look at the new Canon PowerShot G1 X compact camera.
CES 2012 still hasn’t started yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from taking a look at Canon’s interesting PowerShot G1 X compact camera.
With an image sensor larger than MicoFourThirds, a flip-out LCD screen and a fast 4x zoom lens in a relatively compact body, the G1 X is Canon’s answer to many of their rivals’ compact system cameras, at least until Canon decide to release their own mirrorless model (if they ever do).
So take a close-up look at the new Canon PowerShot G1 X in our extensive photo gallery, including a side-by-side comparison with the Panasonic GX1 CSC and the Canon PowerShot S95 compact.
A detailed hands-on look at the new Canon IXUS 500 HS and IXUS 125 HS compact cameras.
Canon were also showing the new ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500 HS and the ELPH 110 HS / IXUS 125 HS compacts at Digital Experience! on the eve of CES proper. The former is a metal-bodied ultra-compact camera with a 12x optical zoom, and the latter has a more modest 24-120mm equivalent lens.
Take a close-up look at the new Canon ELPH 520 HS and ELPH 110 HS cameras in our extensive photo gallery,
A detailed hands-on look at all of Sony’s new CES compact cameras.
Sony have been relatively quiet on the camera front here at CES, just unveiling the Cyber-shot W630, W620, W610, and the slightly more interesting Sony Bloggie Live and Sport. It’s a good thing they had Will Smith on hand to make yesterday’s press conference more interesting…
Take a close-up look at the five new cameras in our extensive photo gallery.
A detailed hands-on look at all of Samsung’s new CES compact cameras.
It’s all about Wi-Fi for Samsung cameras at CES, with four new models - the WB850F, WB150F, ST200F, and DV300F - sporting the “F” moniker which denotes wireless connectivity. We were shown a pretty slick demo of the DV300F being controlled remotely by a Samsung smartphone, something that all four models will be capable of out-of-the-box.
In addition to wi-fi, the hero WB850F camera sports a 21x lens, 16 megapixels and GPS tracking, placing it firmly in the advanced travel-zoom catgeory and taking on the likes of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20.
Completing Samsung’s CES lineup are the ST77 and ST66 entry-level compacts and the HMX-W300 all-action camcorder.
Take a close-up look at all the Samsung CES 2012 cameras in our extensive photo gallery.
Update: We’ve added some photos of camera section of the massive Samsung stand, which very much focuses on the sharing and connectivity aspects of the new wifi-enabled line-up.
A detailed hands-on look at Olympus’ new CES compact cameras.
Olympus have announced so many new compact cameras that we’ve already lost track of exactly how many there are worldwide.
Five new models - the SZ-14, SP-620UZ, TG-320, VR-350 and the VG-160 were unveiled last night at the pre-CES Digital Experience! event, with the 24x SZ-14 travel-zoom being the pick of the bunch.
We’ll try and find the other elusive models on the Olympus stand later today…
Take a close-up look at the five new cameras in our extensive photo gallery