Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-T9, the latest in their T series of ultra-slim digital cameras. This camera shoots 6 megapixels and has a 2.5 inch LCD. The non-protruding lens has a 3x optical zoom and, new with this camera, optical image stabilization. This is the first camera to use a lens shift stabilization system in the "folded-path" lens. The T9 will be available in January for around $450 from Sony at www.sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores and authorized dealers.
After a couple weeks of leaked images and leaked web sites, Nikon has officially announced the D200. This digital SLR inherits many features from the D2X camera and captures images at 10.2 megapixels. With a 0.15 second start up time and a 50 millisecond shutter lag, the D200 can shoot five frames per second. A new 2.5 inch LCD is viewable up to a 170 degree viewing angle. The D200 will be available in December at an estimated selling price of $1699.99.
Sooner than I expected, Canon has announced a wireless-enabled digital camera to their Powershot SD lineup. The Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless is most similiar to the SD450. It shoots 5 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom and has a 2 inch LCD. It is expected to be available at the end of January 2006 for $499.99.
After a quick whirlwind across the exhibit floor of the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I thought I would fill you in on what I've learned. I got a chance to get some of the newer models in hand and we plan to bring you reviews of as many as we can. Below, I'll touch on some of the highlights from Nikon, Canon, and Konica Minolta. I also enjoyed checking out Fujifilm's S5200, E-900, and S9000 and some of the newer Pentax and Olympus models.
We wanted to give you a quick preview for the Pentax Optio S5z before we publish our full review within the next couple of weeks. Check back soon for the full story on this camera!
This week, Samsung and Pentax announced that they are entering an agreement to develop digital SLR cameras (not unlike the Sony/Konica Minolta arrangement announced recently). Samsung's electronics experience and Pentax's lens expertise will allow both companies to combine resources and remain competitive in the segment of the digital camera market that can still yield a decent profit.
Several manufacturers have been releasing service bulletins over the last several days regarding defects in some CCD sensors in cameras that are about 2 years old. The issue manifests itself as a distortion of the image on the LCD or electronic viewfinder. See below for a round-up of the manufacturers and links.
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