Summer is wrapping up and the camera manufacturers have pretty much finished making their latest round of new camera announcements. In August alone, there were almost 40 new models announced. Most of them haven't hit the market yet, but when they do, we'll see some more shifting in our most popular list.
At IFA 2007 in Berlin, Casio is displaying a prototype digital camera that is capable of taking still images at 60fps and movies at 300fps. The new camera uses a 6 megapixel CMOS sensor and a high speed LSI image processing chip to crunch all of that data. Besides the actual prototype, there is no word on release date, pricing, or even final specifications.
It's been a while since Panasonic's last digital SLR announcement (the L1 was announced in February 2006) and now the time has come. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is their first digital SLR to feature face detection AF. It has a 10.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 2.5 inch LCD that can rotate 270 degrees, the Supersonic Wave Filter, and a Four Thirds lens mount. The Lumix DMC-L10 will be available in October 2007 for $1300.
Nikon is adding four new Style cameras. The Coolpix S51 and Coolpix S51c are successors to the S50 and S50c. The Coolpix S510 and S700 are follow-ups to the sleek S200 and S500. The S51, S51c, and S510 will be available in September for $280, $330, and $300, respectively.
Nikon's new Life cameras, the Coolpix L14 and Coolpix L15, don't really change the formula much from previous generations. You'll still find a very compact camera, powered by AA batteries, that is very easy to use. Nikon includes two Energizer e2 Lithium batteries with the L14 that gives it an estimated 1000 shots. Both cameras will be available in September. The Coolpix L14 will cost $150 and the Coolpix L15 will be $180.
Following up on the Coolpix P5000, Nikon is adding two cameras to their Performance (P) line. The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a direct descendant of the P5000, and the Nikon Coolpix P50 is a cheaper "performance" camera. In their new cameras, Nikon has been rolling out EXPEED, a new image processing system, and improved face detection system,and some other improvements. The Coolpix P5100 will be available in September 2007 for $400 and the Coolpix P50 will be available in October 2007 for $230.
Kodak's new cameras, the Easyshare Z812 IS, Easyshare V1253, and Easyshare V1233 bring Kodak to the HD-capable camera space. The three new cameras capture both widescreen format images (16:9) and 720p video at 30fps. A new dock allows the cameras to be plugged into your HDTV and a remote control feature lets you control image and movie playback from your bean bag chair. All three cameras will be available in August 2007, with the Z812 IS for $300, the V1253 for $300, and the V1233 for $250.
The Casio Exilim EX-V8 is the latest compact ultra-zoom from Casio, succeeding the EX-V7. The V8 offers 8.1 megapixel resolution and a 7x optical zoom lens that is mechanically stabilized (the sensor shifts to counteract hand movement). A 2.5 inch Bright LCD does the framing of your shots and reviewing what you captured. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the new model, so I have a few first thoughts.
The latest camera in Casio's Zoom line is the Casio Exilim EX-Z1080. The Z1080 offers 10.1 megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, 2.6 inch Bright LCD, and a high sensitivity mode up that takes shots at up to ISO 6400. The Z1080 is being announced concurrently with the Casio Exilim EX-V8.
The rumors can finally rest with the announcement of the Nikon D3 and D300. The D3 gets a full-frame FX format CMOS sensor that is good for capturing 12.1 megapixels and Nikon claims that it has the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any SLR in its class. The D3 will be available in November 2007 for $5000. The D300 has a DX format sensor that captures 12.3 megapixels. Like the D3, the D300 has a new processing system, called EXPEED, as well as a 51 point AF system. Look for the D300 in November 2007 for $1800.
Today Olympus is updating three product lines of digital cameras. The entry-level, easy to use, FE line is going to see three new models, the FE-280, FE-290, and FE-300. Among the three new cameras, you'll find a 12 megapixel sensor, a 3 inch LCD, face detection, and, new to this line, a Truepic III imaging processor. All three models will be available in August, with the FE-280 available for $200, FE-290 for $250, and FE-300 for $300.
The four new cameras in Olympus' Stylus line are the shockproof, waterproof and coldproof Stylus 790 SW; Stylus 820, Stylus 830, and 12 megapixel Stylus 1200. The new cameras sport some new or useful features, like face detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, and Perfect Fix. The Stylus 790 SW and Stylus 820 will be available in September 2007 for $300 and $250, respectively. The Stylus 830 and Stylus 1200 will be available in October 2007 for $330 and $350, respectively.
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