Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The all-metal, 16-megapixel Olympus VR-340 and VR-360 come equipped with 24-240mm and 24-300mm equivalent lenses, respectively. Both are slim, compact cameras with a small right-hand grip, sensor-shift image stabilisation, 720p HD movie recording capability, Magic Filters, Eye-Fi memory card support and a 3” rear screen with 460,000 dots. Both VR cameras will be available in March 2012. The Olympus VR-360 costs €149, while the VR-340 will sell for €129 / £129.99.
The affordable, 14-megapixel Olympus VG-170 boasts a 26-130mm equivalent lens and a powerful built-in flash. While a guide number of 8.8 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) might not strike you as particularly high, Olympus claims that “regular digital compacts” tend to have flashes with a GN of just 4 or 5.6, making the VG-170 stand out in this regard. The Olympus VG-170 even has a so-called “Long Flash Mode” in which the camera automatically trades off megapixels against ISO sensitivity for a well-exposed, low-noise image. Other highlights include a 3” rear screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots Eye-Fi card compatibility, Face Detection and “Shadow Adjustment” technologies, a range of Magic Filters, 720p video, and a 3D photo shooting mode; all for less than €100 / £100. The Olympus VG-170 will be available from mid-February in a choice of black, white and red colours.
The 14-megapixel Olympus VH-210 is an affordable all-metal camera with a 26-130mm equivalent lens, which comes in a range of bold colours. Available in Apple Red, Grape Purple, Apricot Orange, Lychee White, Kiwi Green and “Black Berry” versions, the highly automated Olympus VH-210 features a 3-inch, 460,000-dot LCD monitor, 720p movie recording, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Magic Filters and a 3D photo shooting mode. The Olympus VH-210 will be available for €89 from mid-February 2012.
The Olympus VG-150 and VG-160 are the most affordable models in the manufacturer’s new compact camera line-up. The 12-megapixel Olympus VG-150 is equipped with a 27-108mm equivalent zoom lens and a 2.7” LCD monitor, and shoots VGA movies. The 14-megapixel Olympus VG-160 has a 26-130mm equivalent lens and a 3” rear screen, and is capable of recording 720p videos. Both cameras come with an assortment of features including Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology, a range of “Magic Filters”. The Olympus VG-160 is available in silver, black, red or orange for €79. The VG-150 comes in silver or black for €69.
Tiffen is showcasing its new line of Domke RuggedWear and Domke clothing products at CES. The company’s new RuggedWear lineup includes a wide range of courier bags, slings and satchels, ergonomically designed for comfort and performance.Features include a soft, well-padded interior that protects camera lenses from scratches, a flap and oversized YKK zipper for quick and easy access, twin tracks of high-friction rubber woven into the thickest, toughest cotton webbing, allowing it to cling to the shoulder, and more. For a complete list of RuggedWear bags, visit the website below.
Sony unveiled four new compact cameras at CES today. The 16-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W630 (pictured) features a Carl Zeiss branded, 25-125mm equivalent zoom lens with enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation. The 14-megapixel DSC-W620 also offers 5x optical zoom, but without the Zeiss branding and the optical stabiliser. The W610 also has a 14-megapixel sensor but comes with a Sony branded 4x zoom lens, while the Sony DSC-S5000 is an AA-powered compact with 14 megapixels of resolution and 5x optical zoom. Sony’s Sweep Panorama mode is available on all models to capture an all-round view of landscapes, city scenes and more. The Cyber-shot W630, W620 and S5000 also add four Picture Effect modes - Pop Colour, Toy Camera, Partial Colour and Sof High-key - for easy in-camera creation of “artistic” images. All four new cameras come with PlayMemories Home software pre-installed. The Sony Cyber-shot W630, W620, W610 and S5000 will be available from February.
The Sony Bloggie Live pocket camcorder can capture full HD video with stereo sound, 12.8 megapixel stills, and offers live streaming via built-in Wi-Fi capability. The device camera works with any Wi-Fi hotspot including mobile hotspot services from leading wireless carriers, and is able to directly upload content to sites like Facebook, YouTube, and PlayMemories Online, a network service by Sony. For those who want to share right away, Bloggie Live cameras can stream your moments in real-time in collaboration with Qik Video, a mobile video sharing service from Skype. Once live streaming begins, friends and family can view the video instantly on a computer, smartphone or tablet no matter how far away they are. The Bloggie Live camera has 8GB of internal memory, and is available now for approximately $250.
The Sony Bloggie Sport is a tough pocket camcorder that shoots Full HD videos and 5-megapixel stills. Water-, shock- and dustproof, the new Bloggie Sport features four gigabytes of internal memory and a 2.7-inch touch-sensitive screen that can be operated underwater. The camcorder has a built-in USB arm that allows users to easily upload their videos and stills to a computer and charge the device’s built-in battery. Additionally, an HDMI port connects Bloggie Sport to your HDTV for a big-screen view of your photos and videos. The Sony Bloggie Sport will be available from March 2012.
Successor to Sigma’s earlier, slower 180mm F3.5 EX DG macro lens, the new APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is billed as the world’s first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio. In addition to the faster maximum aperture, the new lens also offers optical image stabilisation and a quiet “hypersonic” AF motor. Three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have a performance equal to fluorite glass, are included to provide correction for colour aberrations, while the Super Multi-Layer Coating is claimed to reduce flare and ghosting. The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to create an attractive blur to the image’s out-of-focus areas. Note that unlike the two other Sigma lenses announced today, this is a “traditional” SLR lens. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.
The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN (“Digital Neo”) is a new fixed-focal-length lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and Sony NEX users. Comprising 8 elements in 6 groups, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has an angle of view of 59.3 degrees on MFT and 73.5 degrees on an E-mount camera. This lens benefits from a newly developed linear AF motor which moves the lens elements directly without the need for gears or the drive of other mechanical parts, and comes with a non-rotating 46mm filter thread. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN features a rounded 7 blade diaphragm creating an attractive blur to the out of focus areas of the image. This Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm/7.9in and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:7.4. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.
The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN is a new “Digital Neo” lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and NEX system users. With an optical formula that comprises 7 elements in 5 groups and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN has an angle of view of 39.6 degrees on MFT and 50.7 degrees on an E-mount camera, thus being equivalent to a 60mm and a 45mm lens, respectively. The lens benefits from a newly developed linear AF motor which moves the lens elements directly without the need for gears or the drive of other mechanical parts, the company says. Note that this is not a macro lens - the maximum reproduction ratio is only 1:8.1. The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN has a non-rotating 46mm filter thread and weighs in at 135 grams.
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Panasonic today announced four new conversion lenses that are compatible with the Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. and the Lumix G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. Micro Four Thirds lenses. The DMW-GWC1 wide conversion lens turns a 14mm lens into a 11mm, the DMW-GTC1 teleconverter (only compatible with the zoom) effectively doubles the focal length of your lens, the DMW-GMC1 is a macro conversion lens that allows you to focus the 14mm lens down to 0.14m and the 14-42mm power zoom to 0.16m, while the DMC-GFC1 fisheye converter helps you shoot creative and unique photographs with a very pronounced barrel distortion and an ultra-wide 120-degree angle of view. Pricing and availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.
The 16.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-SZ1 and the 14.1-megapixel DMC-SZ7 mark the introduction of entirely new range of stylish, ultra-compact ultra-zooms by Panasonic. Both cameras feature a Leica-branded 25-250mm equivalent zoom lens whose optical formula comprises 9 elements in 7 groups, including 4 aspherical lens elements with 6 aspherical surfaces. The Panasonic SZ1 (pictured) comes equipped with a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor and features “Sonic Speed AF” as well as 720p HD video recording capability, while the SZ7 boasts a 14.1-megapixel CMOS imager, 10fps continuous shooting and “Light Speed AF”, along with Full HD movie capture. The DMC-SZ1 will be available in black, silver, blue, red and violet, while the DMC-SZ7 comes in black, white and brown.
The 14.1-megapixel Panasonic FS40 and the 16.1-megapixel FS45 (pictured) are two new ultra-compact cameras featuring 24-120mm equivalent lenses with an f/2.5 maximum aperture at the wide end. Comprising 6 elements in 5 groups - including 3 aspherical lens elements with 5 aspherical surfaces -, this Leica branded lens is claimed to deliver “exceptional” optical performance with minimal distortion and great flare resistance. Both the DMC-FS45 and the DMC-FS40 offer features like Panorama Shot, Beauty Retouch, Mega Optical Image Stabilisation, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and a variety of special effects, The Lumix FS45 will be available in black, silver, red and violet colours, while the FS40 comes in black, silver, pink and blue.
The “simple, smart and stylish” Panasonic S5 is a 16.1-megapixel compact camera with a 28-112mm equivalent zoom lens, optical image stabilisation and “Sonic Speed AF”. Comprising 6 elements in 5 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements with 5 aspherical surfaces, the lens is claimed to deliver “exceptional optical performance”. Also on board is Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which features Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Detection technologies. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Panasonic DMC-S5 can also record 720p HD movies, and includes the Lumix Image Uploader utility that offers an easy way to share photos and videos via Facebook and YouTube.
15.50 CET No mention of cameras at all during the conference. So check out our news coverage and hands-on photos of Panasonic’s new compacts instead.
15.31 CET Big shout-out for the London 2012 Olympics. Panasonic partners with NBC for US coverage and 200hrs of 3D footage.
15.30 CET Z10000 camcorder for 2D and 3D broadcast quality video, complete with macro capability.
15.27 CET 3D TV. So last year. 20% of TVs sold in 2012 will be 3D.
15.18 CET Eco solutions is the intial focus.
15.10 CET Panasonic’s CES conference has just kicked-off. Expect more TVs and maybe some camera news (no promises).
Monday, January 9, 2012
Samsung has launched a new range of Wi-Fi enabled travel zoom cameras. The flagship Samsung WB850F (€350, pictured) features a 21x optical zoom, 16.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3-inch AMOLED screen, Full HD video recording built-in GPS and Digital Compass. The 14.2-megapixel Samsung WB150F (€220) comes with 18x optical zoom, 720p HD video recording capabilities and the same large AMOLED display as the WB850F, while the Samsung ST200F (€200) sports a 10x zoom lens and 720p video. With the innovative Remote Viewfinder feature, users can remotely control camera settings and set-up shots via a connected smartphone using the cameras’ Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi capability of the new Samsung long-zoom cameras also allows users to email photos from any hotspot or share them on social networks such as Facebook and Picasa. The WB850F and the WB150F give photographers full manual control over the picture-taking process, with a Smart Auto mode also on board to help beginners or less experienced photographers.
Samsung has unveiled a duo of metal-bodied 16.1-megapixel compact cameras called the Samsung ST66 and ST76. The 25-125mm (eq.) f/2.5-6,3 lens available on both models is complemented by optical image stabilisation on the ST76 (pictured). Live Panorama, featured on each of the new ST models, allows users to capture wide panoramic shots by simply holding down the shutter button and sweeping the camera across the scene. Finally, both the ST76 and ST66 include 720p HD movie recording at 30fps.
Our understanding is that the Samsung ST76 will be marketed under the name Samsung ST77 in the UK and continental Europe, where consumers will also be able to purchase a third model called the Samsung ST88, which has the same features as the ST76/ST77 except that it comes with a 3” hVGA screen rather than a 2.7” LCD.
Samsung has just announced the latest additions to its family of camcorders. The Samsung Q20 is a stylish, slim and lightweight model with 1080i HD video recording, 20x optical zoom, and a new Switch Grip II that now includes the Vertical Recording feature, increasing flexibility with three recording angles. The Samsung QF20 (pictured) is a similar camcorder, with the added benefit of Wi-Fi capability for uploading and sharing content, along with Auto-Backup to help quickly and securely backup your memories to your chosen PC. Waterproof up to five metres, shock-proof from heights of up to two metres and dust-proof, the Samsung W300 is the latest in the manufacturer’s rugged range of pocket camcorders, with 1080/30p Full HD movie capture, a 5mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor and f/2.2 lens. The similar W350 features an optional floating bumper that enables filming while floating the camcorder on water. Finally, the Samsung F80 is a family-friendly option that offers 720p HD recording capability and 52x optical zoom in an affordable and stylish package.