Category: Digital Compact Cameras

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kodak Astro Zoom Bridge Camera with 102x Zoom Lens!

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Kodak is showcasing its newest flagship Astro Zoom bridge camera at CES 2018, which boasts an impressive 102x zoom lens, a first in its category. The new model is part of the KODAK PIXPRO compact camera range, which starts with Friendly Zoom point and shoots priced well under $100US to the powerful, mega long-zoom Astro Zoom (AZ651 model pictured above) category with prices starting at $129.99 for a 25x zoom up to 65x zoom priced under $400US. No further details about the 102x Astro Zoom camera, including a full name, have been released so far.

Kodak is showcasing its newest flagship Astro Zoom bridge camera at CES 2018, which boasts an impressive 102x zoom lens, a first in its category. The new model is part of the KODAK PIXPRO compact camera range, which starts with Friendly Zoom point and shoots priced well under $100US to…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a new VR180 camera that simplifies creating virtual reality content with easy video or image capture and wireless upload to your personal Google Photos and YouTube account. VR180 eliminates the need for specialized virtual reality videography skills and professional camera gear to shoot immersive 3D VR videos and photos.

The Mirage Camera is expected to be available beginning in the second quarter this year.

The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a new VR180 camera that simplifies creating virtual reality content with easy video or image capture and wireless upload to your personal Google Photos and YouTube account. VR180 eliminates the need for specialized virtual reality videography skills and professional camera gear to shoot immersive 3D…

YI Horizon VR180 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The YI Horizon VR180 camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video. It seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. the YI Horizon VR180 Camera captures 3D video in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps).

The YI Horizon VR180 camera gives users an easy way to capture high-resolution, immersive video. It seamlessly integrates with YouTube and Google Photos so viewers can easily activate a VR experience when viewed with Google Cardboard, Daydream, PSVR, and a number of other certified VR viewers. the YI Horizon VR18…

RICOH THETA V Partner Program

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The RICOH THETA V Partner Program will launch in Spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. As part of the program, Ricoh is making available the RICOH THETA V's application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) and will provide tools and guidance to support plug-in development. It will also open an online RICOH THETA V partner marketplace, where plug-ins can be uploaded and shared.

The RICOH THETA V Partner Program will launch in Spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. As part of the program, Ricoh is…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Insta360 Eight-Lens VR Camera and 6DOF Light Field Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Insta360 has unveiled an eight-lens professional VR camera and a new prototype for a light field camera at CES 2018. The eight-lens professional VR camera will be capable of shooting fully spherical, stereoscopic (3D) video at upwards of 10K resolution, with 4/3” image sensors giving the camera a high dynamic range. The 6DOF Light Field Camera uses128 cameras laid out in a rectangular grid array to create 180° video with 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF), meaning viewers can “move” throughout a piece of content along six directions.

Insta360 has unveiled an eight-lens professional VR camera and a new prototype for a light field camera at CES 2018. The eight-lens professional VR camera will be capable of shooting fully spherical, stereoscopic (3D) video at upwards of 10K resolution, with 4/3” image sensors giving the camera a high dynamic…

Sony RX0 Wired Multi-View Shooting with Camera Control Box

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Sony has announced a new accessory Camera Control Box (model CCB-WD1) that connects to the RX0 camera and enables PC control with a web browser via a wired IP connection. Up to 100 can be controlled to produce high quality movie effects like “bullet-time” or virtual reality, or to shoot high profile events from unique angles. The new CCB-WD1 Camera Control Box will ship next month for about $700 US or $900 CA. 

Sony are also releasing version 6.2 of its PlayMemories Mobile application in January 2018, which will allow users to link their smartphone or tablet to up to 50 RX0 cameras via an access point to control them simultaneously.

Sony has announced a new accessory Camera Control Box (model CCB-WD1) that connects to the RX0 camera and enables PC control with a web browser via a wired IP connection. Up to 100 can be controlled to produce high quality movie effects like “bullet-time” or virtual reality, or to shoot…

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras , Printers
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The Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera combines high-quality, instant-print color photos with digital conveniences such as color controls, filter effects and Bluetooth connectivity. It features a 10-megapixel camera, 1.7” LCD viewfinder, and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Available in black, white or yellow, the KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera is available now for $99.99 USD.

The Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera combines high-quality, instant-print color photos with digital conveniences such as color controls, filter effects and Bluetooth connectivity. It features a 10-megapixel camera, 1.7” LCD viewfinder, and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.Available in black, white or yellow, the KODAK Mini Shot Instant…

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get up to £100 / €120 Off Panasonic Lumix Cameras and Lenses

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Panasonic is offering up to £100 (€120) cashback when purchasing a Lumix or Lumix G-Series camera and £100 (€120) off Panasonic and Panasonic Leica Lenses. All cashback is available from 25th October 2017 – 30th January 2018 from participating retailers.

Panasonic is offering up to £100 (€120) cashback when purchasing a Lumix or Lumix G-Series camera and £100 (€120) off Panasonic and Panasonic Leica Lenses. All cashback is available from 25th October 2017 – 30th January 2018 from participating retailers.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Leica Q (Typ 116) Silver Anodized

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica today announced a Silver Anodized version of the Leica Q full-frame compact camera. "A silver top plate, silver baseplate and silver lens create a striking appearance for this new version of the Leica Q, while the rear of the camera is a sleek and refined black – achieving a modern take on the classic silver and black two-tone look," the company says. The technical specifications of the silver Leica Q are identical to those of the standard black model. It has a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter, an image-stabilised Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens with 11 lenses in 9 groups (including 3 aspherical lens elements), FullHD 1920x1080 video at 60/30fps in the MP4 format, and a touchscreen 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040,000 pixels and 100% field of view. The Leica Q in Silver will be available at Leica boutiques, stores, and dealers at the end of November.

Leica today announced a Silver Anodized version of the Leica Q full-frame compact camera. "A silver top plate, silver baseplate and silver lens create a striking appearance for this new version of the Leica Q, while the rear of the camera is a sleek and refined black – achieving a…

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nikon Closes Digicam Factory in China

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras , Global , Lenses
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Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment." In future, the Nikon will focus more on high value-added products - which probably means DSLR cameras, flashguns and interchangeable Nikkor lenses. The closure of the Wuxi City plant is effective today. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal.

Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones…

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Features for DxO ONE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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DxO have just announced a major update to the DxO ONE connected camera. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. Additionally, the DxO ONE ecosystem of accessories now includes an external Battery Pack that doubles the camera’s battery life as well as a Cable Back Door for the device’s waterproof case. The Battery Pack will be available for $59,99 | £49.99 | €59,90. The Cable Back Door will come with any purchase of a waterproof Outdoor Shell from DxO’s online store. Last but not least, a brand new DxO ONE for Android app will be offered in the coming weeks via an “Early Access” programme that is open to all. It will allow users to preview the DxO ONE Android and receiving regular updates with the latest application features.

DxO have just announced a major update to the DxO ONE connected camera. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. Additionally, the DxO ONE…

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III First Impressions

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new premium compact camera that boasts a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor,  ISO range of 100-25600, 7fps burst shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 4-stop in-body image stabilisation, an articulating touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. We've spent some time getting to know the Canon G1 X Mark III, so check out our first impressions of Canon's new flagship compact camera...

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new premium compact camera that boasts a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100-25600, 7fps burst shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 4-stop in-body image stabilisation, an articulating touchscreen and an electronic viewfinder. We've spent some time getting to…

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III camera.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III - Squeezing an APS-C Sensor Into a Compact Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new flagship compact camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Replacing the G1 X Mark II, the 24 megapixel G1 X Mark III features a new, precision, 3x optical lens, an APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF,  4-stop Image Stabilisation, Full HD 60p movies and Canon's premium DIGIC 7 processor.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available from November 2017 for £1149/€1399/$1299.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a new flagship compact camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Replacing the G1 X Mark II, the 24 megapixel G1 X Mark III features a new, precision, 3x optical lens, an APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 4-stop Image Stabilisation, Full HD…

Thursday, September 28, 2017

GoPro Hero 6 Live Launch Event

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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GoPro are set to unveil the new GoPro Hero 6 today, if widespread online leaks and rumours are to be believed. According to reports, the Hero 6 will be capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps , a big upgrade from the current Hero5 and Hero5 Session cameras, which can only shoot 4K at 30fps.

The live show will begin at 9AM PST / 5PM BST, but viewers can start tuning in at 8:30AM PST—there will be music and a countdown clock to the beginning of the show.

GoPro are set to unveil the new GoPro Hero 6 today, if widespread online leaks and rumours are to be believed. According to reports, the Hero 6 will be capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps , a big upgrade from the current Hero5 and Hero5 Session cameras, which can…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sony today announced the new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV featuring the World's fastest focus acquisition time. Featuring the World’s fastesti AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points, and a versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens; the Sony RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1"-type 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor. Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s line of α interchangeable-lens cameras. Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the manufacturer's Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter. The AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations. Furthermore, the new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for the Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation; and an approximately 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder. Also capable of shooting 4K video, the Sony RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible. The camera will ship in October for approximately £1,800/€2000.

Sony today announced the new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV featuring the World's fastest focus acquisition time. Featuring the World’s fastesti AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points, and a versatile…

Monday, September 11, 2017

Kodak Printomatic Instant-Print Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras , Printers
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Kodak and its licensee, C+A Global, today unveiled the Kodak Printomatic instant-print camera that effortlessly captures and instantly prints high-quality full-colour photos right from the camera body. The Kodak Printomatic features a 10-megapixel sensor, a built-in flash and an integrated battery, alongside a 2”x3” photo printer. “The Kodak Printomatic is a contemporary camera with a wonderful balance of digital and analog technology,” says Steven Overman, President of Kodak’s Consumer and Film Division and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s an accessible device for anybody who wants to create a lasting memory in a tangible, colourful way.” Available from late September, the Kodak Printomatic is priced at $69.99. The camera comes with a USB cable, a Quick Start Guide, a 10-pack of Kodak ZINK Photo Paper and a microSD memory card.

Kodak and its licensee, C+A Global, today unveiled the Kodak Printomatic instant-print camera that effortlessly captures and instantly prints high-quality full-colour photos right from the camera body. The Kodak Printomatic features a 10-megapixel sensor, a built-in flash and an integrated battery, alongside a 2”x3” photo printer. “The Kodak Printomatic is…

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fujifilm Updates X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20

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Free upgrades for the Fujifilm X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 cameras will soon be released in November and December 2017.  These updates will provide support for “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”, improve studio flash controller usability compatibility, introduce a new AF tracking algorithm and include other functional and operational updates

The firmware updates are due as follows:

Late November : X-T2, X-T20

Late December : X-Pro2, X100F

Free upgrades for the Fujifilm X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 cameras will soon be released in November and December 2017. These updates will provide support for “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”, improve studio flash controller usability compatibility, introduce a new AF tracking algorithm and include other functional and operational updates The…

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sony RX0

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Sony today announced a new type of camera called the RX0. The ultra-compact, water-, crush- and shockproof Sony RX0 houses a 1"-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmore RS CMOS sensor and features a Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm (eq.) f/4 lens to deliver high-resolution raw and JPEG images and 4K videos. For still photography, you can use shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000th of a second and shoot at up to 16fps. For videographers who want to incorporate super slow-motion footage, the RX0 offers the opportunity to shoot at up to 1000 frames per second. For production flexibility, you can use 4K clean HDMI output to record uncompressed video to an external recorder. Sony’s wireless radio commander, the FA-WRC1M can be used to trigger up to fifteen RX0s. A wireless multi-camera shooting solution capable of connecting further RX0 units when an access point is used is currently being developed and will be released in January 2018 via a firmware update. To maximise the potential of RX0, a host of new accessories to support new ways of shooting have also been launched. These include the VCT-CGR1 Cage for increased system flexibility, the MPK-HSR1 Housing, enabling the RX0 to be taken down to depths of up to 100 metres underwater, the CPT-R1 Cable Protector, VF-SPR1 Spare Lens Protector, VFA-305R1 Filter Adapter Kit which includes a filter adapter, lens hood and MC protector,NP-BJ1 Rechargeable Battery Pack and ACC-TRDCJ Accessory Kit. The RX0 will start to ship in Europe in October 2017, priced at approximately €850.

Sony today announced a new type of camera called the RX0. The ultra-compact, water-, crush- and shockproof Sony RX0 houses a 1"-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmore RS CMOS sensor and features a Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm (eq.) f/4 lens to deliver high-resolution raw and JPEG images and 4K videos. For still…

Monday, July 31, 2017

Official Light L16 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Palo Alto based startup Light has released a number of sample images - including a few ultra-high-resolution ones - taken with their unique L16 camera, a new kind of imaging device sporting 16 camera modules. Roughly the size of an iPhone 6S Plus in a case, the Light L16 has 5 cameras with 35mm equivalent lenses, 5 modules with 70mm equivalent primes and 6 units boasting 150mm equivalent telephoto lenses. Each camera module utilises a small imaging chip of the kind typically  used in smartphones. The 35mm equivalent units have a traditional, vertically stacked optical arrangement, whilst the 70mm and 150mm equivalent ones utilise a folded-optics design. When taking a picture, 10 of the cameras fire simultaneously and the resulting images are then "computationally fused" to create a clear, highly detailed final photograph. Additionally, the Light L16 uses depth mapping to allow for post-capture adjustment of the point of focus and depth of field. The official sample images were processed with Light’s Lumen app.

Website: Light

Palo Alto based startup Light has released a number of sample images - including a few ultra-high-resolution ones - taken with their unique L16 camera, a new kind of imaging device sporting 16 camera modules. Roughly the size of an iPhone 6S Plus in a case, the Light L16 has…