In preparation for the PMA show starting next weekend, Nikon has announced the new digital cameras for 2006 in their Coolpix line. A total of seven cameras are added to their lineup with 3 new cameras in their Life line (Coolpix L2, L3 and L4), 2 new cameras in the Style line (Coolpix S5 and S6), and 2 new cameras in the Performance line.
Kodak has announced three cameras to update several of their lines. In the Z (High Zoom) line, they have announced the EasyShare Z612 a 12x optical zoom with stabilization that will be available in April 2006 at an MSRP of $399. In the stylish V series, we'll see the EasyShare V603 in April for $299. Two new cameras are added to the entry level C line. The EasyShare C643 will be available in April for $249 and the EasyShare C533 will be available in June for $199.
Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-TZ1, the world's smallest 10x optical zoom camera, and the Lumix DMC-FX01, the world's smallest camera with a 28mm (35mm equivalent) lens. It seems like they have a thing for the "world's smallest ______". Anyway, they will both be available in March and both will be available for $349.
Vivitar has announced several new cameras in time for PMA. The notable ones include two 10 megapixel cameras, the Vivicam X30 and Vivicam X60. There are also two 8 megapixel models, 4 six megapixel cameras, 4 five megapixel cameras and a few 2 and 3 megapixel cameras.
Pentax is contributing to the pre-PMA new camera news with the announcment of three new models. All three models will be available in March. The Pentax Optio T10 features a 3 inch touchscreen LCD and is expected to retail at $349. The Pentax Optio W10 is the next generaation of their waterproof model line and will retail for under $300. Finally, the Pentax Option M10 features a 2.5 inch LCD and 6 megapixel sensor at an entry level price of $229.
We're officially in the run up to PMA. Fujifilm has announced three new cameras. The Finepix F30 is a follow up to the low-light performing F10, the Finepix F650 features a 3 inch LCD, and the entry level Finepix A600 features the Super CCD imaging sensor. The F30 will be available in May for $399, the F650 will be available in June for $349, and the A600 will hit the market in June for $249.
In a prelude to the PMA show at the end of February, Sony has announced two new cameras for their "W" line of cameras. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 will be available in February and March, respectively. The W30 will retail for $230 and the W50 will retail for $250.
It's been a while since our last "Users Speak Out..." article, but the topic of today, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1, has had a recent jump in popularity on our site. We thought that more of you would like to see what people are saying about this camera. The opinions will be chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers.
With the holidays past us and a new crop of cameras hitting the shelves, we thought it would be a good time to profile the most popular cameras in January. The rankings are determined by how many times our readers have viewed the product detail page of a camera this month. With the PMA show coming up at the end of February, we will, no doubt, see another round of new cameras which will probably start hitting the shelves in March and after.
In another sign that the digital SLR market is still just heating up, Pentax has announced a $200 price drop on their *ist DL digital SLR. The single lens kit (camera and 18-55mm DA lens) will be available for $599.95 starting on February 1, 2006.
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