The two new digital cameras in Canon's "A" line are the Powershot A570 IS and Powershot A560 with both cameras bringing the DIGIC III processor to the A series. The 7.1 megapixel, 4x optical zoom A570 IS seems to be a way to get Canon's image stabilization available at a lower price point. The 7.1 megapixel, 4x optical zoom Powershot A560 camera helps fill out the line.
The two new additions to Canon's compact and stylish SD line are the Powershot SD750 and Powershot SD1000. They're both 7.1 megapixel cameras with 3x optical zooms and they also have the new DIGIC III processor. The SD750 has a 3 inch screen and the SD1000 gets an optical viewfinder and 2.5 inch LCD.
Pentax announced two new additions to their Optio line today. The Pentax Optio A30 is their "advanced" model that replaces the A20. It features 10 megapixels of resolution, a high resolution 2.5 inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and CCD-shift image stabilization. The Pentax Optio W30 updates their line of waterproof digital cameras and shoots at 7.1 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD.
While the Samsung L77 was announced outside of the US a few weeks ago, today it was announced that the L77 would be available in the US in April. The "world's thinnest" (at 21mm thick) 7 megapixel, 7x optical zoom L77 will retail for $399.
As part of the eight cameras that Nikon is announcing today, there are four new digital cameras for the Style or S-line. The Coolpix S50 and Coolpix S50c both feature 7.2 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and 3 inch LCDs. The Coolpix S200 and Coolpix S500 feature new styling with the S200 sporting an aluminum body and the S500 gets a stainless steel body.
With Nikon's S line getting four new cameras and the L line getting three new cameras, we're left with the single camera update to Nikon's Performance (P) line. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 features 10 megapixel resolution, a 3.5x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD, and plenty of advanced features meant to appeal to the enthusiast or someone who wants a compact camera to take along when they're tired of carrying their "big" camera.
In preparation for PMA, Nikon is updating it's "Life" or L-line of digital cameras with three new models. The Coolpix L10, Coolpix L11, and Coolpix L12 all feature 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and the same compact body styling as the previous generations of L cameras. The three cameras vary in sensor resolution and LCD size in order to blanket the possible price range (from $119 - $199).
Royal has updated their digital photo frame line-up with four new frames with 5.6, 7, 8, and 10.4 inch displays. These are pretty straightforward frames, with no wireless capabilities and you don't need a computer to get your images to the display. Prices range from $129 - $299.
I recently received a sample of the newly introduced, patent pending, Dust-Aid sensor cleaning system. The creator of Dust-Aid, Ross Wordhouse, wanted a cleaning system that was easy to toss in bag and wouldn't cause any delays at security checkpoints. Read on for our full review.
At the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show in Las Vegas from March 8-11, we'll see another brand in the digital camera market. Today, GE announced that they will be showing off several digital camera models, including entry level models with 7 megapixel resolution with 2.5 inch screens and higher-end cameras with 12 megapixels of resolution and 3 inch screens.
There is a lot of innovation going on to make the cameras in mobile phones better. One technology that caught my eye this morning made its debut in Barcelona, Spain at the 3GSM World Congress. TrueFocus technology from Omnivision promises no focus time and a much greater depth of field than a tradtional lens system.
Even though many digital camera owners have become wise about the affect of camera resolution on image quality, I still run into people who haven't. There are many digital camera owners and potential digital camera owners out there who think that, for example, an 8 megapixel camera is better than a 6 megapixel camera. This editorial attempts to explain why this is a misconception.
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