Nikon and Canon have dominated the professional DSLR market since the beginning of the digital revolution, effectively condemning Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Leica, and Sony DSLRs to second tier status. That's too bad because there are some really exciting and very pro-capable digital SLRs on that second tier, including the new 10.1 megapixel, 4/3 sensor format Olympus E-3.
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The 2008 International CES isn't quite over yet, but we're already back in the safe confines of our office analyzing and disecting the new offerings seen at this year's show. It's impossible to know exactly what manufacturers may have up their sleeve, but based on what we saw in Las Vegas this week, several conclusions can be drawn about where the digital camera industry is heading in the coming year.
Kodak announced this week that its stylish new Z1085 IS, on display at CES, would be up for sale by March of this year. The 10-megapixel Z1085 IS features a 5x zoom and optical image stabilization.
On Monday, Kodak announced several additions to its M-line of compact digital cameras. The EasyShare M763, M863, M893 IS, and flagship M1033 offer fun and stylish colors, compact designs, and easy-to-use HD still and video capture modes.
In a press release yesterday, memory maker Lexar announced that production of an 8GB SDHC memory card in three different transfer speeds is well underway.
Kodak had the new EasyShare V1273 touch screen ultra-compact out and about on Sunday evening, and Monday's official press announcement, while not offering much detail, confirmed the specs we saw in action: 12 megapixels, 3x zoom, optical image stabilization, and a 3-inch LCD touch screen.
Among its collection of CES releases, Samsung announced two new entry-level digital cameras in addition to three new L-series models on Sunday. New cameras include the basic S760 and S860, and the more well-speced L100, L110, and L210.
Samsung's new i8 camera/PMP follows in the functional tradition of the company's i85, offering a feature set aimed to combine two pocket-size devices into a single unit. On the camera side, the i8 offers typical specs for a current compact: 8 megapixels, a 3x zoom, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.
As we reported, Samsung added several new and updated cameras to its New Vision (NV) lineup on Sunday, including the high-definition NV24HD, the updated NV30 and NV40, and the PMP-ready NV4.
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