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.
The new Olympus SP-560 UZ still gets the wide angle capable, 18x optical zoom lens that we saw on its predecessor, the SP-550 UZ and then it gets some new features made possible with new TruePic III processor. Some of the new features include Shadow Adjustment Technology, Perfect Shot Preview, Perfect Fix, and face detection AF and AE. The SP-560 UZ will be available in October 2007 for $450.
If there was a theme for this week, it would be "compact ultra-zooms". Pentax is joining the party with the 7x optical zoom Optio Z10. They're also announcing the tiny 10 megapixel Optio S10. Both cameras will be available in September 2007 for $250.
Sony is rolling out two new models in their slim T series of digital cameras. The most eye-catching feature on these two cameras is the large, touch-sensitive LCDs. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 has a 3 inch touch sensitive LCD and the Cyber-shot DSC-T70 has a touch sensitive 3 inch LCD. Both cameras capture images at 8 megapixels, have face detection, HD output, and all the features that have been seen before on the T models. Both cameras will ship in mid-September, with the T200 retailing for $400 and the T70 retailing for $330.
The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 will fit into Sony's H line right under the H7 and H9. The H3 offers a stabilized 10x optical zoom lens to capture 8.1 megapixel images and it has a 2.5 inch LCD. Compared to the 12x optical zoom H2, the H3 certainly looks like a step back, but Sony has also made the H3 much more compact (about half as thick as the H2). Look for the H3 in September for around $300.
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