Shortly after its introduction (in 1990) the rugged little Stylus became the 35mm P&S camera of choice for a generation of World trekkers, travel writers, print & TV correspondents, and extreme sports fans. The new digital Stylus 800 retains much of the style, charm, and usability of its film predecessor plus the ability to withstand extended exposure to mist, rain, snow, jungle humidity, desert dust, and ocean spray.
The Ricoh Caplio RR530 was announced this week. While not amazing from the spec sheet, this 5 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and 1.8 inch LCD carries the Ricoh name, a name synonymous with excellent quality. Will it be enough to stand out in the crowd?
A colleague of mine attended a media event this week in NYC and got to see some of new cameras announced by Canon and Pentax. Lucky for us, he sent some pictures. Below, you'll see the Canon Powershot SD30, the Canon Powershot SD450, and the Canon Powershot S80. After that, we'll hit the Pentax models: the Optio WPi, the Optio S6, and the Optio S60.
Ricoh has announced the GR Digital, a "professional-grade" compact camera. The GR Digital is specifically designed to provide the best resolution, noise level, color correction and distortion levels. The 8.1 megapixel camera has a fixed focal length GR lens with a 24 mm (35 mm equivalent) focal length and features a new GR Engine processing system. The camera is expected to be available on October 21, 2005.
If you've ever wondered what the macro mode is on your new digital camera, take a look at this article for a nice introduction.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is the first integrated lens camera that uses a digital SLR class image sensor. The R1 captures 10.3 megapixels with a larger sensor than you will find in a point and shoot. Also, with Sony's expertise in the sensor technology, they are able to moderate the power usage of the sensor to allow a live preview on the two inch LCD. Also, Sony has put a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens on the camera that provides 24-120mm focal lengths. (35 mm equivalent) Expect the R1 in November for around $1000.
The Nikon Coolpix S4 is an ultra-zoom digital camera that fits into a shirt pocket. The 6 megapixel camera sports a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD. In order to handle the 10x optics in a compact camera, the lens and LCD swivel independently of each other. The Coolpix S4 will be available in September at an MSRP of $399.
The new Nikon Coolpix L1 brings a 6.2 megapixel resolution to entry level users. The L1 includes a 5x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD, as well as Nikon's technologies (Face Priority AF, D-Lighting, In-Camera Red Eye fix). A redesigned user interface features more in-camera help and the ability to choose functions by text or icons. All this in a camera with an MSRP of $349 (available in September).
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