The Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd is billed by the manufacturer as the world's smallest digital camera with a 12x zoom. Replacing the popular FinePix S700, the 10 megapixel S1000fd covers an impressive 35mm-equivalent range of 33-396mm, and features a hi-res 2.7-inch LCD.
The third release in Fujifilm's trifecta of new ultra-zooms, the FinePix S8100fd's main attraction is its 18x zoom with wide-angle shooting capability. Combining full manual and advanced automatic features, Fuji promotes the S8100fd as a DSLR substitute, and with a range that covers an equivalent 27 to 486 mm, we're inclined to see the cost advantages (have you priced the three DSLR lenses you'd need to cover this kind of distance?), at least, of this proposition.
Not to be outdone by Fuji's barrage of ultra-zoom announcements, the 12 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F100fd is the latest iteration in the company's F series of advanced compact digicams. Built around an eigth-generation Fuji Super CCD sensor, the F100fd is expected to deliver the kind of impressive low light/high ISO performance that users have come to expect from these cameras. Other physical specs include a 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel wide-angle view LCD, as well as a Fujinon 5x optical zoom.
Hyphenated, hyperbolic marketing copy abounds with the release of Fujifilm's Z10fd update, the FinePix Z20fd: it's "style-savvy" and "ultra-glam." Basically a light retouching of the Z10 concept, the 10 megapixel Z20fd gets an upgrade in resolution but offers many of the same basic physical specs as its predecessor including signature Fuji Z styling in outlandish colors.
The Fujifilm J10 and J50 are the latest affordable offerings from the manufacturer, sporting a familiar set of features with a few distinguishing touches. Though the midnight announcement from Fuji doesn't specify, it looks like these cameras will be taking up the market segment formerly met by the company's A-series offerings.
In a press release today, Canon announced the launch of a new consumer-level DSLR, the EOS 450D or Digital Rebel XSi. The new camera, which features a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC III processing, and live view, looks, from all indications, to make some significant improvements over the current Rebel XTi.
Canon announced three replacements in its popular PowerShot A series with the release of the new PowerShot A470, A580, and A590 IS. The budget-minded A470 brings an impressive features-to-price ratio, and the A580 and A590 IS provide key updates to the extremely popular A560 and A570 IS PowerShot models.
In the DigitalCameraReview.com forums last week, one of our members posted about stumbling upon a one-off Canon SD model on Target.com. As it turns out, the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH that leaked out on the retailer's site was actually one of a batch of pre-PMA releases from Canon announced late this evening.
Pentax made official what many have suspected for several months today, with the release of its new K20D and K200D digital SLRs. The K20D appears to offer some substantial improvements over the popular K10D semi-pro model - most notably, a 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and a live view system. The K200D adds another rung to Pentax's entry-level ladder, building on the 10.2 megapixel sensor technology and many basic features of the K10D, but in a lighter and more compact K100-sized package.
Working in tandem with its new DSLR releases, Pentax has announced the addition of five new DA-series lenses to its lineup. New glass includes two additions to the DA* line of high-end lenses, a new limited macro lens, and an improved version of the company's 18-55mm kit lens.
The 8 megapixel Pentax Optio M50, 12 megapixel Optio S12, and 8 megapixel Optio E50, in addition to the previously announced Optio A40, should all begin finding their way to store shelves in the coming months.
The Sony T200 continues to be one of the most popular, most searched for cameras out there, but in an announcement this afternoon Sony indicated its intention to replace the device with a new model, the Cyber-shot DSC-T300. Baseline specs for the T300 are similar to its predecessor: 10.1 megapixel sensor (upgraded from 8.1), a 5x Carl Zeiss zoom, and Super SteadyShot mechanical image stabilization. Of course, much of the draw for this camera will undoubtedly focus on the fact that the T300 also keeps the T200's 3.5-inch touch screen.
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