The new Nikon Coolpix L2, Coolpix L3, and Coolpix L4 were added to Nikon's "Life" line right before the PMA show in Orlando. The "L" line is squarely aimed at the entry-level user and the user looking for a compact, high-quality, easy to use camera.
The two new ultra-slim additions to Nikon's "S" (for Style) line are the Nikon Coolpix S5 and Coolpix S6. We got a chance to get hands-on with them at PMA to get a real feel for their size and features. Their new "wave" design is nice and comfortable and the new rotary control dial is also a nice touch for these slim cameras.
Right before PMA, Nikon announced two new additions to their "P", or Performance, line. The Nikon Coolpix P3 and Coolpix P4 are the most fully-featured point and shoot cameras from Nikon. They have a distinctive rounded-corner shape that kind of reminds me of a bar of soap. Nikon manages to fit a lot of features into these compact cameras, including Vibration Reduction and WiFi capability.
At PMA, Pentax filled out the rest of their Optio line with the introduction of the Optio T10, Optio W10, and Optio M10. The three new models joined the Optio A10 and Optio E10 (announced at CES) to complete the five camera line with a new, simple naming scheme.
The Canon Powershot S3 IS is a pretty straightforward upgrade to last year's S2 IS. It adds a 6 megapixel sensor and a 2 inch flip out LCD. Canon really markets this as a "family" camera - a way to capture kids in action, on the sports field, at a concert - but the camera has also made a name for itself as one of the top ultra-zoom cameras on the market.
The latest Digital ELPHs from Canon, the Powershot SD600, Powershot SD630, and Powershot SD700 IS are bound to continue the success of this compact, stylish line of digital cameras. The SD line is known for their distinctive, compact dimensions, high quality images, and easy operation. Starting back in the traditional film days, the ELPHs continue to build their reputation as the top of the compact camera heap.
The Canon EOS 30D is the much anticipated successor to the 20D. The 30D is Canon's mid-range digital SLR, more expensive than the Digital Rebel XT, but less than the Canon EOS 5D. We got hands on with the camera at PMA and loved the feel and construction of the camera (as well as the spec sheet).
The A must stand for Affordable in Canon's new A series digital cameras. The Powershot A700, Powershot A540, Powershot A530, and Powershot A430 will range in price from $179-$349. The A series cameras from Canon are meant to be a good entry camera into digital photography. The cameras take AA batteries and have a wide variety of controls (depending on the model). If you want easy to use, there's an A-series camera.
Before and during the PMA show, there were pleny of new digital cameras announced. However, they won't hit the market until, at the earliest, later this month. Until then, the most popular cameras list hasn't changed much over the last couple of months. Below are the top ten most popular digital cameras on our site during the month of February.
We got to see lots of great things at PMA this year, including:
Panasonic and Olympus announced the results of their collaboration this morning at a press conference before the PMA show floor opened. They've been working, since January 13, 2005, to jointly develop "underlying components and key components". The two hard results of this collaboration are the Olympus E-330 and the brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1.
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