In a move sure to appeal to consumers who like to use digital SLRs but don't like to carry a lot of glass, Pentax is announcing the smc Pentax DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3ED AL lens. The lens provides an approximate 14x optical zoom (equivalent to a 27.5 - 383mm lens on a 35mm camera), so can cover a wide variety of shooting conditions - from wide angle group portraits to long zoom nature photography. The 18-250mm lens will be available in October for $500.
Today, Pentax is rolling out the 12 megapixel Optio A40 and ultra-slim Optio V10. The A40 is their most advanced compact point & shoot and features mechanical image stabilization, face detection and a 2.5 inch LCD. The V10 is an 8 megapixel camera with a 3 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom. The Pentax Optio A40 will be available in October 2007 for $300 and the Pentax Optio V10 will be available in November 2007 for $250.
Camera manufacturers and the rest of the consumer electronics industry are gearing up for the holiday buying season. Many of the new cameras announced back in August have started to make it to our top 10 list and reviews are starting to hit the web. This list of cameras shows you what visitors of DigitalCameraReview.com looked at over the past month. The rankings are determined by the number of times a particular product page is viewed by our users. The rankings below are from the entire month of September 2007.
The just introduced Canon Powershot G9 is Canon's flagship point & shoot digital camera. Like the iconic Leica CL/Minolta CLE film cameras of the seventies, Canon's "G" series digital cameras are elegant, relatively compact, and completely self-contained imaging tools capable of producing professional quality images. The new G9 features 12 megapixel resolution, the DIGIC III processor, a bright 3.0 inch LCD screen (and an optical viewfinder), an excellent 6X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, improved Face Detection AF, a dedicated hot shoe for Canon Speedlites, and improved ergonomics.
Canon’s newly-introduced Powershot A650 IS has been anointed their new "top-of-the-line" A series offering, and Canon has packed a wealth of features into the camera to back up that ad copy. 12MP, DIGIC III processing, Face Detection focus/exposure technology, a 6X optical zoom (35-210mm) with optical image stabilization and a 2.5 inch variable angle LCD monitor are a few of the goodies to be found in the A650 IS.
Pentax has added another website to it's growing family of mini-sites. The new one is www.pentaxian.com, celebrating the self-appointed label that Pentax photographers use to describe themselves.
Well, we knew that Sony had two digital SLRs in the works and today they've announced the Sony Alpha A700, targeted at "photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists". The A700 has a 12.2 megapixel EXMOR CMOS sensor, BIONZ processing engine, and in-camera image stabilization. The A700 body will be available in October for $1400. Also available in October will be a kit that has the camera and a 18-70mm lens for $1500. In November, you can get a kit with a 16-105mm lens for $1900.
I really liked the Sony W70 I tested a couple of years back, so I approached the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 with a lot of enthusiasm. The W80 is an attractive entry-level auto-exposure only digicam designed to appeal to casual photographers, snap-shooters, first time digital camera buyers, and shutterbugs who value simplicity and ease of use.
Summer is wrapping up and the camera manufacturers have pretty much finished making their latest round of new camera announcements. In August alone, there were almost 40 new models announced. Most of them haven't hit the market yet, but when they do, we'll see some more shifting in our most popular list.
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