The new Canon PowerShot A710IS is one of the most impressive general use digital cameras introduced this season and easily the most remarkable "A" series digicam introduced to date. Here are our first thoughts while we wrap up our full review of this camera.
Samsung decided to start 2007 off with a bang and six new digital cameras. There are four new S series cameras and two new L cameras. In the interest of keeping up with things at CES, I'm going to keep things short and sweet.
The Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-V7, at the time of this announcement, is the world's slimmest digital camera with a stabilized 7x optical zoom. The 7.2 megapixel V7 is only 24.3mm thick (about 0.95 inches) and also has a 2.5 inch LCD. Casio will be showing off the new camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and it will be available in March for $399.
Kodak is providing plenty of reasons for people to visit their booth at this year's CES. They've announced two new digital cameras - Easyshare V803 and Easyshare V1003 - and an entire line of digital photo frames. In addition to the "gadgets", they're also announcing additional services for storing, sharing and organizing your images - their kiosks will now write DVDs, they will have an image backup service via Kodak Gallery, and their software will be able to scan through your images to find similar faces.
Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow morning, we're headed out to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. We'll be there to get hands on with the new cameras and to let you know what we think about them.
Kodak added another digital camera to their C series without much fanfare. The Kodak Easyshare C653 features 6.1 megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.4 inch LCD. It's currently available for $129.95.
The new 8 megapixel Fujifilm Finepix F40fd is a successor to the 6 megapixel F31fd. As the "fd" nomenclature signifies, the F40fd also includes Fujifilm's facial detection technology that uses a dedicated processor to detect up to 10 faces in a picture efficiently. The camera also features a 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch, 230K pixel LCD. The F40fd will come available in March 2007 for $299.
Following the success of the Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro UVIR digital SLR, Fujifilm decided to work on a more affordable option. This effort produced the IS-1 digital camera developed for use in the law enforcement, medical/dental and science fields. The IS-1 features a nine megapixel sensor and is configured to capture infrared light. The IS-1 will be available in limited distribution for $899, starting in February 2007.
The Fujifilm Finepix A800 and Finepix A610 provide new affordable options for first time buyers or people looking for an easy to use upgrade camera. The A610 is a 6 megapixel camera and the A800 is an 8 megapixel camera. Both cameras will be available in March with the A610 costing $129 and the A800 running at $179.
Pre-CES - Pentax is "breaking the seal" on what will probably be a rash of digital camera announcements surrounding this year's CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The 7.1 megapixel Pentax Optio E30 is an entry level model that accepts AA batteries, has a 3x optical zoom and a 2.4 inch LCD. The E30 will be available in February for $149.95.
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