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.
The summer vacation season is in full swing, so many people are looking to replace their 3 year old camera before they tackle Disney or the family reunion at the beach house. 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 June 2007.
Pentax has announced a follow-up to their K100D digital SLR that was announced last year. The Pentax K100D Super incorporates just a few new features (Dust Removal and support for Supersonic Drive Motor lenses), but it's essentially the same camera as the K100D.
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To complement their latest digital SLRs, the Evolt E-410 and Evolt E-510, Olympus has anounced a compact, lightweight 70-300mm super telephoto lens. A nice macro capability and compact design top off of the highlights of this new glass.
In case you were wondering that the rate of digital camera introductions was slowing down, not to worry, HP has introduced nine new digital cameras With the latest flood of diigtal cameras, the highlights include a camera with the largest touch-screen LCD (at 3.6 inches) and a camera starting at a price point of $79.
Kodak announced a new color filter technology for digital imaging sensors that promises to improve low-light shooting by 2x to 4x (one to two stops) when compared with current imaging sensors. Changes in the color filter (present as a layer on top of a sensor) allows the sensor to gather more light. This new technology will be available for sampling in the first quarter of 2008.
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