The holidays are rapidly approaching and there are a lot of digital cameras out there to choose from. Most manufacturers announced new cameras in August and September that are becoming available just in time for you to get overwhelmed by the choices. This new crop of cameras brought updates to previous models as well as some new ones, so we're going to give you a leg up on some good camera picks for this season.
Today, Nikon announced a new Vibration Reduction equipped lens that is perfectly sized and priced for entry level SLR users. The new Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in December 2007 at an estimated street price of $199.
For much of the past fifteen years serious photographers have puzzled over exactly what digital photography was going to be when it grew up. The answer to that question is very complicated, but the past can provide some clues. Every so often a camera comes along that offers an iconic convergence of design, performance, and usability – like the Exacta VX, the Nikon F, the Pentax K1000, the Kodak DCS-100, the Nikon D1, the Olympus C3030, Sony F717, or the Canon EOS 300D. The new Nikon Coolpix P5100 isn’t worthy of place on that list, but it offers an important clue as to where this new technology is going.
HP announced yesterday that it is looking to change their business model for HP-branded cameras. They want to concentrate and realign resources to work on their Print 2.0 initiative that was announced back in May 2007.
Most of the cameras announced in late summer are now shipping and the reviews are coming in. These new cameras, with all the latest features have also cracked into our top 10 list. 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 October 2007.
The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T2 is a new large screen, sharing-friendly, portable album, digital camera. It's an 8 megapixel camera with a stabilized 3x optical zoom and 2.7 inch touch-senstiive LCD. 4 GB of internal storage provides plenty of space to keep your pictures with you. The T2 will be available in blue, green, white, pink or black, starting in December 2007 for around $350.
Wouldn’t George Eastman, inventor and marketer of the first consumer camera (1888) be amazed if he could see what the venerable company that bears his name (Eastman Kodak) was selling these days? One of the newest digital cameras from the folks in Rochester is the Kodak Easyshare Z812 IS. The Z812 IS (the flagship of Kodak’s megazoom Z-series) is a compact 8.2 megapixel digital camera with a 12X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 2.5 inch LCD, auto and manual exposure options, face detection AF, a Smart Scene mode, and an HD (high definition) video mode.
The Sony HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album will store, organize, and show off your images on an HDTV. The $400 device has plenty of storage (80GB) and many methods to import your photos. You can create slideshows, organize images into albums, and output to CD, DVD, or memory card, all from the comfort of your couch. The HDMS-S1D will be available in October 2007.
After plenty of anticipation, Olympus is officially announcing their new professional-level digital SLR, the Olympus E-3. The weatherproof, 10 megapixel E-3 sports a swiveling LCD, fast auto focus and a shutter rated for 150,000 cycles. The E-3 body will be available in November 2007 for an estimated street price of $1700.
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