The new Kodak Easyshare C513 is the first Easyshare camera to feature the Kodak KAC-05011 CMOS image sensor. The camera is an entry-level camera, taking pictures at 5 megapixels, with a 3x optical zoom and 2.4 inch LCD. The CMOS sensor provides a lower cost and, ideally, better noise performance.
In addition to the new ultra-zoom Lumix DMC-FZ18, Panasonic is also rolling out two new models for their FX line. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 will be available in September at MSRPs of $300 and $350 respectively. Both cameras take 8.1 megapixel images, have a 28mm equivalent lens with a 3.6x optical zoom, and the same shooting modes. They really just differ in LCD size and color availability.
Panasonic's latest addition to their FZ ultra-zoom line is the 18x optical zoom-equipped Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18. The nice optically stabilized long lens can also do wide angle (28mm equivalent) and the camera can capture 8.1 megapixel images. Panasonic has also rolled out an "Intelligent Auto" mode, which provides continuous AF, automatic scene selection and a face detection system.
I just received a GE E850 digital camera to review and want to share a few first thoughts about the camera as a prelude to the full review that we'll finish in a few weeks. The GE (yes, as in General Electric) E850 is an 8 megapixel camera with 5x optical zoom and 3 inch LCD.
Serious photographers are a very demanding breed, but camera manufacturers absolutely adore them. A perfect example of this corporate affection is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8; an imaging tool that caters specifically (with a couple of important cautions) to photography enthusiasts.
Pentax is starting their yearly refresh of their Optio digital camera line with the Optio M40 and Optio E40. The 8 megapixel M40 features a slim, metal body, face detection and digital shake reduction. The 8 megapixel entry level Optio E40 takes AA batteries and also has face detection and digital shake reduction. The Pentax Optio M40 will be available in August 2007 for $199 and the Pentax Optio E40 will be available in September for $149.
Samsung has announced the L83T, L830, and S85 digital cameras. All three new cameras feature a new (to Samsung) facial recognition feature. The slim, stylish L83T features 8.2 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, facial recognition, and Advanced Shake Reduction. The 8 megapixel L830 has a 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD. The 8 megapixel S85 gets a 5x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD.
Casio has announced two new digital cameras - the Exilim EX-S880 and Exilim EX-Z77 - and an agreement with YouTube to make it easy for users to make movies and upload them to the popular video-sharing service. Similar to their arrangement with ebay last year, the agreement with YouTube will utilize the MPEG-4 H.264 movie capturing ability of the cameras to take "YouTube ready" movies. Additional bundled software will make it easy for users to upload and share their movies as quickly as possible.
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