In a press conference this morning, Sony put the announcement from Tuesday about the semiconductor division's development of a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor into a production context with the news that it is working to develop a flagship full-frame DSLR for its Alpha series. Other than its 24.6 megapixels of resolution and innovative A/D conversion technique for lower high-ISO noise, detailed specs for the new camera were few in coming. What is known is that the camera should be ready for market by the end of the year.
PMA officially starts tomorrow, and most of the pre-events today focused more on seeing the new items than on spending a lot of time with them. In-depth interactions with the individual manufacturers throughout the week should provide for some more thorough analysis, but we were able to form some initial impressions and begin sifting through the range of new tech that PMA 2008 has to offer.
In a midnight announcement, Kodak made public the next continuation model in its high-zoom Z lineup, the Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS. Building on the basic package put forward by the Z812 IS and visually nearly identical to its predecessor, the new model features 10 megapixels of resolution, a 12x optical zoom, and image stabilization.
In an announcement today, Sony officially launched two additions to its digital SLR lineup. The 10.2 megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 and 14.2 megapixel DSLR-A350 introduce the manufacturers Live View system, allowing users to compose images on-screen rather than through the optical viewfinder alone.
Sony continues to expand the upper echelon of its glass offerings as well as its consumer lineup with the announcement today of two new high-performance zoom lenses. The top-shelf Sony/Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA offers the latest option for serious landscape and portraiture work, while the Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G introduces a new mid-priced telephoto in a compact package.
At an ongoing press conference in Las Vegas this morning, Panasonic presented some top-level specs for several new compact models, including an update to the popular TZ3, a 25mm wide-angle compact, and several models offering true HD video recording and output.
We had barely finished reporting on the follow-up news from CES when the pre-PMA camera and accessory announcements began to roll in, and after only a few weeks back to shift gears, it's time to hit Las Vegas again for the 2008 PMA show. As with CES, DigitalCameraReview.com will be here all week providing condensed, concise coverage of the most significant developments from the show floor in our daily wrap-up, with lots of photos and video of what we find as well as editorial commentary on what all of this new tech means for you, the camera buying public.
For those of us who could never understand why Nikon called the upgrade to its entry-level D40 the D40x, the company has rectified the situation this evening with the announcement of the Nikon D60 DSLR. Presumably the D40x's long-speculated replacement, the new D60 shares key specs with the previous model, including its 10.2 megapixel CCD. A VR kit lens sweetens the deal somewhat, but given how much this model carries over from the D40x, we're not sure this was the earth-shattering announcement Nikon fans were hoping for.
Building on the basic concept introduced by the Coolpix P50, the 8.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P60 offers a fully manual control experience in a compact digicam. A 5x Nikkor zoom with Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization, a large, bright 2.7-inch LCD in addition to an electronic viewfinder, and Nikon EXPEED processing for noise reduction make the P60 seem like an another attractive option for advanced amateurs, or as an economical DSLR backup.
The Nikon Coolpix S210, S520, S550, and S600 will all be joining the company's Style series of compacts, according to an announcement this evening. Three new cameras and a replacement broaden the range of offerings in Nikon's S line, which offers solid features, imposing styling, and impressive image quality, but has yet to really vie for dominance with the strongest competitors in the ultra-compact market. All four new models bring more advanced features to the table, including large, sharp LCDs, improved high ISO performance, Nikkor optics, and in several cases, Optical Vibration Reduction.
The Coolpix L18 is an 8 megapixel point-and-shoot in the stylistic and technological tradition of other L-series models. Key features and specs include a 3x zoom, an upsized 3-inch LCD, and Anti-shake AE image stabilization. ISO sensitivity is extended to 1600 for this model as well, and the camera comes in two hip new colors.
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