Canon decided to break the mold a little bit with the introduction of the Powershot TX1. This very compact 7.1 megapixel camera features a 10x optical zoom, image stabilized lens, 720p HD video recording, 1.8 inch Vari-Angle LCD - all in a camera the size of a deck of cards. The TX1 will be available starting in March 2007 for $499.
Fujifilm is getting ready for PMA with three new digital cameras. The entry level 8.3 megapixel Fujifilm Finepix A820 and 9 megapixel Fujifilm Finepix A900 will be available in May 2007 for $179 and $199, respectively. The more advanced 7.1 megapixel, 10x optical zoom Fujfilm Finepix S700 in March 2007 for $249.
In addition to all the new Powershots, Canon is announcing the EOS-1D Mark III professional digital SLR. The Mark III gets a new 10.1 megapixel APS-H sized CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC III processors, and a Live View, 3 inch LCD. The Mark III will be available in the Spring for about the same price as its predecessor, the Mark II N. By the way, sorry to disappoint all those waiting on the 40D - those rumors may have to be delayed.
The two new digital cameras in Canon's "A" line are the Powershot A570 IS and Powershot A560 with both cameras bringing the DIGIC III processor to the A series. The 7.1 megapixel, 4x optical zoom A570 IS seems to be a way to get Canon's image stabilization available at a lower price point. The 7.1 megapixel, 4x optical zoom Powershot A560 camera helps fill out the line.
The two new additions to Canon's compact and stylish SD line are the Powershot SD750 and Powershot SD1000. They're both 7.1 megapixel cameras with 3x optical zooms and they also have the new DIGIC III processor. The SD750 has a 3 inch screen and the SD1000 gets an optical viewfinder and 2.5 inch LCD.
Pentax announced two new additions to their Optio line today. The Pentax Optio A30 is their "advanced" model that replaces the A20. It features 10 megapixels of resolution, a high resolution 2.5 inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and CCD-shift image stabilization. The Pentax Optio W30 updates their line of waterproof digital cameras and shoots at 7.1 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD.
While the Samsung L77 was announced outside of the US a few weeks ago, today it was announced that the L77 would be available in the US in April. The "world's thinnest" (at 21mm thick) 7 megapixel, 7x optical zoom L77 will retail for $399.
As part of the eight cameras that Nikon is announcing today, there are four new digital cameras for the Style or S-line. The Coolpix S50 and Coolpix S50c both feature 7.2 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and 3 inch LCDs. The Coolpix S200 and Coolpix S500 feature new styling with the S200 sporting an aluminum body and the S500 gets a stainless steel body.
With Nikon's S line getting four new cameras and the L line getting three new cameras, we're left with the single camera update to Nikon's Performance (P) line. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 features 10 megapixel resolution, a 3.5x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD, and plenty of advanced features meant to appeal to the enthusiast or someone who wants a compact camera to take along when they're tired of carrying their "big" camera.
In preparation for PMA, Nikon is updating it's "Life" or L-line of digital cameras with three new models. The Coolpix L10, Coolpix L11, and Coolpix L12 all feature 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and the same compact body styling as the previous generations of L cameras. The three cameras vary in sensor resolution and LCD size in order to blanket the possible price range (from $119 - $199).
Royal has updated their digital photo frame line-up with four new frames with 5.6, 7, 8, and 10.4 inch displays. These are pretty straightforward frames, with no wireless capabilities and you don't need a computer to get your images to the display. Prices range from $129 - $299.
I recently received a sample of the newly introduced, patent pending, Dust-Aid sensor cleaning system. The creator of Dust-Aid, Ross Wordhouse, wanted a cleaning system that was easy to toss in bag and wouldn't cause any delays at security checkpoints. Read on for our full review.
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