CES 2011: Show’s Over

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The show’s over at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We’re looking back at the tidal wave of new camera announcements to come out of the show and a quick recap of the events.

Fujifilm and Canon were the first to announce products the day before the show. Fuji tipped the scales with sixteen new products with the new HS20 leading the way. They jumped on board the GPS bandwagon. Canon surprised us with a new model bearing an optical viewfinder just when we thought they’d gone extinct.

Oh yeah, and Samsung threw in a few announcements here and there in the week leading up to CES. Their NX11 looks a lot like the NX10 with smarter lenses, and the big zoom WB700 packs a big 18x optic in a svelte camera body.

Casio joined in the fray with the Tryx, the ultra-flexible point-and-shoot that you’ve heard all about by now, and a new high-speed ZR100. It’s notable for a 12x optical zoom and bursts of 10 megapixel images at a blazing 40 fps.

Behind displays of 3D HDTVs, Panasonic and Sony showcased new point-and-shoots. Sony introduced a few premium T and H series models with features like 1080 HD, GPS and 3D Sweep Panorama modes. Panasonic softened the somewhat stiff styling of its low-end point-and-shoots but left its high-zoom compacts alone for now.

Olympus saved its announcement until late on Wednesday, rolling out a new E-PL2 and the advanced compact XZ-1 along with refreshed tough cams and ultrazooms.

What does it all mean?
There were no truly great surprises for us camera geeks at CES 2011. We saw more 3D in more places, as expected, and GPS has been integrated into more devices. Nikon sat back and didn’t make any announcements for the show, to the dismay of the Nikon mirrorless camera cheering squad.

The megapixel wars may have slowed down but we’re still tipping the scales with plenty of compacts topping out at 16 megapixels. There are many factors that determine how a camera performs in poor lighting conditions, but adding more pixels to a sensor that wasn’t performing well in the first place is generally bad news.

On the bright side, manufacturers are attempting to address the problem by introducing more models with BSI CMOS sensors. These chips are designed to allow for more efficient light collection by the sensor’s photosites.

Just because we didn’t see anything radically new or inventive at CES doesn’t mean we’re out of luck. The camera year is just starting.

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