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.
The two new well-equipped additions to Canon's A line are the Powershot A650 IS and Powershot A720 IS. The A650 IS features 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 2.5 inch Vari-Angle LCD, 6x optical zoom with image stabilization, and a full set of shooting modes. The A720 IS shoots at 8 megpixels, has a 6x optical zoom lens with IS, and a 2.5 inch LCD. Both cameras will be available in September with the A650 IS retailing for $400 and the A720 IS retailing for $250.
The new Canon Powershot G9 may be the camera that everyone wanted the Canon G7 to be. The G9 gets a bit more resolution (12.1 megapixels), a larger screen (3 inches), and a RAW mode that everyone missed when the previous G series camera was announced. The Powershot G9 will be available in October for $500.
The speculation and rumors can finally end with the arrival of the Canon EOS 40D. The 40D can capture 10.1 megapixel images at continuous shooting speeds up to 6.5 frrames per second. It also gets a larger, more viewable, 3 inch LCD, improved durability, improved AF system, and enhanced Live View mode. The EOS 40D will be available in September 2007, both as a body-only for $1300 and as a kit (along with a EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens) for $1500.
There are two new additions to Canon's Digital Elph line, the Powershot SD950 IS and Powershot SD870 IS. Both new cameras, as you can tell by their names, have image stabilization, the familiar compact design, etc. The SD950 IS is a 12.1 megapixel camera with a 2.5 inch LCD while the SD870 IS is an 8 megapixel camera with a 3 inch LCD. Both cameras will be available in September 2007. The SD950 IS will retail for $450, and the SD870 IS will retail for $400.
Among the new cameras today, Canon is even unveiling a new line of compact ultra-zoom digital cameras. The first (and so far only) camera in the line is the Canon Powershot SX100 IS. The SX100 IS features a compact size, 10x optical zoom, full set of shooting modes, 8 megapixel resolution, and 2.5 inch LCD. Look for the Powershot SX100 IS in October 2007 for $300.
It's that time of year again, where we see a whole flurry of digital camera announcements. Starting this week is Canon, with the new 21.2 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III. The EOS-1Ds Mark III gets a full-frame sensor, five frames per second continuous shooting, lighter magnesium alloy body, and dual DIGIC III processors. The EOS-1Ds Mark III will be available in November at an estimated prices of $8000.
The auto exposure-only 7.2 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is one of the top models of Panasonic’s ultra-compact FX line. The heart of the FX30 is its f2.8-f5.6/4mm-16mm (equivalent to a 28mm-100mm lens on a 35mm camera) 3.6X Leica Vario Elmarit zoom. The snappy pocket-sized FX30 may be one of the best choices for consumers searching for a capable and easy to use ultra-compact P&S digicam. We’ll have an in-depth review up in a few days.
Pentax Imaging has launched a web site just to show off the work of Pentaxians around the world. The new site, www.pentaxphotogallery.com, was designed for Pentax photographers by Pentax Imaging, setting it apart from the other photo sharing sites that are almost ubiquitous.
We're just about ready for the back to school shopping season and I'm sure the parents have been ready for two months now. If you need a start with shopping, this list of cameras shows you what visitors of DigitalCameraReview.com looked at over the past month. The rankings are determined by the number of times a particular product page is viewed by our users. The rankings below are from the entire month of July 2007.
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