The just introduced Canon Powershot G9 is Canon's flagship point & shoot digital camera. Like the iconic Leica CL/Minolta CLE film cameras of the seventies, Canon's "G" series digital cameras are elegant, relatively compact, and completely self-contained imaging tools capable of producing professional quality images. The new G9 features 12 megapixel resolution, the DIGIC III processor, a bright 3.0 inch LCD screen (and an optical viewfinder), an excellent 6X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, improved Face Detection AF, a dedicated hot shoe for Canon Speedlites, and improved ergonomics.
Canon’s newly-introduced Powershot A650 IS has been anointed their new "top-of-the-line" A series offering, and Canon has packed a wealth of features into the camera to back up that ad copy. 12MP, DIGIC III processing, Face Detection focus/exposure technology, a 6X optical zoom (35-210mm) with optical image stabilization and a 2.5 inch variable angle LCD monitor are a few of the goodies to be found in the A650 IS.
Pentax has added another website to it's growing family of mini-sites. The new one is www.pentaxian.com, celebrating the self-appointed label that Pentax photographers use to describe themselves.
Well, we knew that Sony had two digital SLRs in the works and today they've announced the Sony Alpha A700, targeted at "photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists". The A700 has a 12.2 megapixel EXMOR CMOS sensor, BIONZ processing engine, and in-camera image stabilization. The A700 body will be available in October for $1400. Also available in October will be a kit that has the camera and a 18-70mm lens for $1500. In November, you can get a kit with a 16-105mm lens for $1900.
I really liked the Sony W70 I tested a couple of years back, so I approached the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 with a lot of enthusiasm. The W80 is an attractive entry-level auto-exposure only digicam designed to appeal to casual photographers, snap-shooters, first time digital camera buyers, and shutterbugs who value simplicity and ease of use.
Summer is wrapping up and the camera manufacturers have pretty much finished making their latest round of new camera announcements. In August alone, there were almost 40 new models announced. Most of them haven't hit the market yet, but when they do, we'll see some more shifting in our most popular list.
At IFA 2007 in Berlin, Casio is displaying a prototype digital camera that is capable of taking still images at 60fps and movies at 300fps. The new camera uses a 6 megapixel CMOS sensor and a high speed LSI image processing chip to crunch all of that data. Besides the actual prototype, there is no word on release date, pricing, or even final specifications.
It's been a while since Panasonic's last digital SLR announcement (the L1 was announced in February 2006) and now the time has come. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 is their first digital SLR to feature face detection AF. It has a 10.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 2.5 inch LCD that can rotate 270 degrees, the Supersonic Wave Filter, and a Four Thirds lens mount. The Lumix DMC-L10 will be available in October 2007 for $1300.
Nikon is adding four new Style cameras. The Coolpix S51 and Coolpix S51c are successors to the S50 and S50c. The Coolpix S510 and S700 are follow-ups to the sleek S200 and S500. The S51, S51c, and S510 will be available in September for $280, $330, and $300, respectively.
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.
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