While highlighting the new Olympus SP-500 UZ (ultra-zoom), Olympus has added the SP line of cameras targeted the more advanced amateur photographer and enthusiast. The SP-500 UZ has a 10x optical zoom, 6 megapixel sensor and 2.5 inch LCD. The SP series will also give the photographer more power with the ability to shoot in manual mode. The SP-500 UZ will be available in October at an estimated street price of $379.
As part of their new product blitz, Olympus has announced it's new "FE" line of simple to use cameras. The Olympus FE-100 and FE-110 are 4 and 5 megapixel cameras, respectively, with a 1.5 inch LCD and 2.8x optical zoom lens. The FE-120 adds just a bit more, with a 6 megapixel sensor, 1.8-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and Olympus' TruePic Turbo imaging processor. All three models will be available in September at estimated street values of $149 for the FE-100, $199 for the FE-110, and $229 for the FE-120.
Olympus, following Canon's lead, has announced a plethora of new cameras today. The Olympus Stylus 600 continues the line's weather-proof design with a 6 megapixel sensor and a 2.5 inch LCD. For those wanting to use this as an underwater digital camera, Olympus has an underwater housing all ready to go. The Stylus 600 features Olympus' Bright Capture Technology and an ISO sensitivity up to 1600 to capture those low-light images. The Stylus 600 will be available in September at an estimated street price of $299.
DXG USA has announced the availability of the DXG-528, a premium 5.1 megapixel CCD digital camera designed for step-up camera buyers looking for enhanced features and photographic quality without the high cost.
The PENTAX Optio S60 digital camera emphasizes easy and enjoyable digital photography with helpful features including a handy Simple mode that allows users to concentrate on the subject while the Optio S60 selects the optimal settings automatically. In addition to a 3X optical zoom, the Optio S60 also features a large 2.5 inch LCD monitor and an optical, actual-image zoom viewfinder with diopter adjustment that enables easier operation especially for users with limited eyesight.
Canon has announced 24 new products today, including 7 new Powershot cameras, the new EOS 5D 12.8 megapixel digital SLR, and the EOS 1D Mark II N, which replaces the current EOS 1D Mark II digital SLR.
Pentax introduces the new Pentax *ist DS2 digital SLR camera. The *ist DS2 D-SLR comes equipped with a large, high-resolution 2.5-inch color LCD monitor and a high-magnification glass pentaprism viewfinder for a large, clear view at every stage of digital photography from shooting to playback to editing. With its enhanced operability and maneuverability, the new Pentax *ist DS 2 assures high-quality digital SLR photography to photographers of all levels. Following in the footsteps of the *ist DS, Pentax's most popular digital SLR to date, the *ist DS2 is a user-friendly camera that is an ideal digital SLR choice for use by families that include beginning and more advanced photographers.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6 has been announced. The Z6 is a 6 megapixel ultra-zoom (12x optical) that includes the same CCD-shift Anti-Shake technology that is in Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7D digital SLR. The camera also features a 2 inch LCD. According to Konica Minolta, 4 AA high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries will power the Z6 for approximately 420 shots. The Rapid AF (focusing in 0.2 seconds and wide angle and 0.3 seconds a telephoto) allow photographers to quickly capture their shot. The Z6 will be available in mid-September at a retail of $399.99.
We got our hands on the new ultra-compact from Samsung, the Digimax i5. We'll be bringing you the full review in a couple weeks, but wanted to get some quick first thoughts up to let you know that it's coming. If you have any questions, please post them here and we'll work to get you some answers as we do the review.
Kodak has garnered some recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for the highest customer satisfaction with their digital cameras in two price categories: $200-399 and $199 or less. This is the second year in a row that Kodak has ranked the highest in the $200-399 category. Read the full press release below.
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