Wouldn’t George Eastman, inventor and marketer of the first consumer camera (1888) be amazed if he could see what the venerable company that bears his name (Eastman Kodak) was selling these days? One of the newest digital cameras from the folks in Rochester is the Kodak Easyshare Z812 IS. The Z812 IS (the flagship of Kodak’s megazoom Z-series) is a compact 8.2 megapixel digital camera with a 12X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 2.5 inch LCD, auto and manual exposure options, face detection AF, a Smart Scene mode, and an HD (high definition) video mode.
The Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album will store, organize, and show off your images on an HDTV. The $400 device has plenty of storage (80GB) and many methods to import your photos. You can create slideshows, organize images into albums, and output to CD, DVD, or memory card, all from the comfort of your couch. The HDMS-S1D will be available in October 2007.
After plenty of anticipation, Olympus is officially announcing their new professional-level digital SLR, the Olympus E-3. The weatherproof, 10 megapixel E-3 sports a swiveling LCD, fast auto focus and a shutter rated for 150,000 cycles. The E-3 body will be available in November 2007 for an estimated street price of $1700.
Timed along with the Olympus E-3 announcement, Olympus is also announcing three new Zuiko Digital lenses, all equipped with Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) motors for fast and quiet AF performance. The new lenses are the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD, and 14-35mm f2.0 SWD. Also being announced is the new ultra-compact Zuiko Digital EC-20 2x teleconverter.
It seemed like the Finepix F40fd had hardly hit the street before Fujifilm announced the September arrival of the Fujifilm Finepix F50fd. The jump to 12MP on the same physical-sized sensor as the F40fd naturally raised the question of what would happen to ISO noise as a result. Fujifilm’s Super CCD-equipped cameras enjoy the reputation for providing the best low-light performance in the digital P&S ranks, but could Fujifilm pump up the resolution by 4MP and still retain their low-light lead?
Canon has issued a product advisory for the Powershot A650 IS. Some models are affected by light leakage when using the Variangle LCD in bright sunlight. Canon is correcting the issue, free of charge, at their Factory Service Centers.
he first Olympus Stylus was a tough, stylish, and very popular compact 35mm point & shoot camera that produced dependably excellent snapshots. Digital Stylus models retained the panache of the original "clamshell" Stylus and added twenty-first century imaging and weatherproofing technology. The third generation Olympus Stylus 790 SW shrinks the Stylus mystique to shirt-pocket size. The 790 SW is a super light, ultra-compact, and very thin digicam with seven megapixel resolution, a 3X “periscope” style zoom, a 2.5inch/6.4cm LCD screen, and face recognition auto focus.
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.
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