With the traditional photographic companies opting to wait until the PMA show at the end of the month for major releases, new digital imaging offerings today centered on high-style models and consumer-friendly features from the rest of the pack. We had a full day of meetings and booth tours, and heres a quick overview of what caught our eye.
The last day before CES 2008 officially begins is wrapping up, and while we neither expected nor received any major news from the major players today, new releases from some of the less prominent and dominant manufacturers, including Casio, Samsung, and Kodak, certainly got our attention.
At a pre-CES press conference today, Sony unveiled a replacement for its entry-level Alpha A100 SLR, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200. The 10.2 megapixel A200 offers several improvements over its predecessor, including updated menus and controls, a 2.7-inch LCD, cleaner high-ISO shots, a more compact form factor, and a faster AF system.
At a press conference this afternoon, Casio unveiled its long-awaited, phenomenally fast EXILIM Pro EX-F1. True to its prototypes, the production EX-F1 offers full-resolution shooting at a staggering 60 frames per second, making it the fastest continuous-shooting camera in the world. Other specs and features include a high-speed 6.0 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 12x optical zoom.
According to information presented at a press conference this afternoon, a completely new line of Casio EXILIM compact cameras will be available for purchase this spring. New models include the EXILIM Card EX-S10, an ultra-thin card camera, the high-style EXILIM Zoom EX-Z80, and the wide-angle 10.1 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z100 and EX-Z200.
It's that time of year again: the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, officially kicks off on Monday morning. The DCR staff will be flying out on Sunday morning to check out the latest buzz from the world of electronics.
Fujifilm announced today the launch of the latest addition to its ultra-compact Z series, the Fuji FinePix Z100fd. At slightly more than three-quarters of an inch thick, the 8-megapixel Z100 packs a 5x optical zoom and a mechanically stabilized sensor into a small form-factor device.
The month of December saw a minor reshuffling of our Most Popular Digital Cameras list, with interest in budget models continuing to grow. 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 U.S. Department of Transportation has instituted new rules for carrying spare rechargeable batteries on an airplane. Starting today, these must go in the traveler's carry-on baggage, not in their checked baggage.
Digital photo frames are a great idea, but too many look more like something built by the Star Trek props department than something that seems to belong in a living room. Digital Foci's newly announced Image Moments line of digital photo frames offer alternatives that are both stylish and technologically sophisticated, including displays that can be reframed to match existing decor and a huge 15-inch model.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd is not a particularly remarkable camera on paper. But while it may not have the high-quality feel of some of its competitors, the boldly styled Z10fd makes an impression with its pleasant simplicity that helps to offset some of its weaknesses in other areas.
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