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.
We barely finished reviewing Sony's DSC-H3 pocket ultra-zoom before word of its replacement, in the form of the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, came down from the manufacturer. The new model comes dressed with same 10x Carl Zeiss zoom lens, long-range flash, and 8.1 megapixel sensor of its predecessor; the only noted physical modification, in fact, is the H10's move to a 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.
In anticipation of PMA, Sony unveiled a complete reworking of its Cyber-shot W series, showing off the new W120, W130, W150, and W170. Providng replacements to Sony's popular W55, W80, and W90 models, the new gear promises more entry- and mid-level shooting power for the company's broadest camera series.
Sony's entry-level S series of compacts received some reworking today with the introduction of the 7.2 megapixel DSC-S750 and 8.1 megapixel DSC-S780. Both models feature a 3x zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and a new li-ion power system promising up to 280 shots per charge.
In an announcement early this morning, Olympus unveiled the presumed successor to its SP-560 18x ultra-zoom: the 20x, 10.0 megapixel SP-570 UZ. Offering a level of manual control rivaling that found on a DSLR and a 35mm-equivalent zoom range of 26mm to 520mm, the SP-570 sports a large 2.7-inch HyperCrystal LCD display with a wide viewing angle, an external flash hotshoe, and a unique bezel-ring zoom control.
Two new models in Olympus's Stylus SW series of shockproof/waterproof cameras continue the company's tradition of building devices that can stand up to the elements. The 8 megapixel Olympus Stylus 850 SW and 10 megapixel Stylus 1030 SW are shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, providing a high level of protection for outdoor shooting in extreme conditions. Additionally, the 1030 SW is touted as crushproof up to 220 pounds per square foot, and is able to survive drops of up to 6.6 feet.
With the release of the Stylus 840, Stylus 1010, and Stylus 1020, Olympus brings Dual Image Stabilization and sharp 2.7-inch LCDs to their Stylus line of premium compact cameras. All three new models feature sensor-shift image stabilization in addition to ISO boost functionality. The 8.0 megapixel, 5x zoom Stylus 840 and 10.1 megapixel, 7x zoom Stylus 1010 and 1020 all use Olympus's TruePic III image processor developed for the company's DSLRs which promises improved high-ISO performance and better color reproduction.
The options in Olympus' slimline FE series of compact point and shoots will see some refreshing this year, with the addition of the FE-310, FE-320, FE-340, and FE-350. The new FEs share an 8.0 megapixel CCD and offer face detection, digital image stabilization, and Olympus's Perfect Shot Preview and In-Camera Help Guides across the board.
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