Canon has added three new cameras to their Powershot "A" line of digital cameras, named for their use of AA batteries. The Canon Powershot A710 IS features image stabilization and more resolution than it's younger sibling, the A700. To replace the A620 and A610 models, that have flip-out, rotating LCDs, Canon has introduced the Canon Powershot A640 and A630. These cameras will be in stores in October. The A710 IS and A640 will retail for $399, while the A630 will retail at $299.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi (or EOS 400D outside North America) digital SLR has been announced today. The XTi replaces the Digital Rebel XT as Canon's entry level digital SLR. The XTi features 10.1 megapixels of resolution, a 2.5 inch, 230K pixel LCD, an imaging sensor cleaning system, and other enhancements. It will be available in September for $899 with the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and $799 for the body only.
Nikon has announced three new cameras in their "Style" line of digital cameras. The Nikon Coolpix S9 resembles the S5 and S6 models introduced earlier this year with the slim wave design. The Nikon Coolpix S10 has the same swivel body as the S4 model from last year - they have to make room for the lens somehow. The Nikon Coolpix S7c has the slim wave design, but features WiFi, a 3 inch screen, and it's not silver.
Nikon has announced two new cameras in their Coolpix "Life" or L lineup of digital cameras. The Nikon Coopix L5 features 7.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD and Nikon's Vibration Reduction system. It will be available in September for $299. The Nikon Coolpix L6 features 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, and 1000 shots on the included Energizer lithium AA batteries. The L6 will available in September for $199.
Olympus has announced four new digital cameras in their weatherproof Stylus line. The Olympus Stylus 730, Stylus 740, Stylus 750, and Stylus 1000 all feature the good looks and weatherproof (water resistant) that the Stylus line is known for. However, a new 5x optical zoom lens system and CCD-shift image stabilization have found their way into the line.
The Olympus SP-510 UZ (ultra zoom) is one of nine new cameras announced by Olympus today. The SP-510 is an upgrade from the SP-500. The new camera features 7 megapixels, a 10x optical zoom, and a 2.5 inch LCD. Look for the Olympus SP-510 UZ in September for an estimated street price of $329.
Olympus has announced four new cameras in their "Fun and Easy" (FE) line of entry level, affordable digital cameras. The FE-170, FE-180, FE-190, and FE-200 are designed for the price-conscious or gift buyer who is looking for an easy to use camera. Newly redesigned, the four new cameras range between $149 and $249.
Pentax has announced two updates to its Optio line of compact point and shoot digital cameras. The Pentax Optio A20 features 10 megapixels and three methods of providing anti-shake. It will be available in September for under $350. The Pentax Optio M20 features 7 megapixels and long AA battery life. It will be available in September for under $200.
Thirty years after that first K1000 rolled off a production line in Japan, Pentax has introduced its digital doppelganger, the Pentax K100D. Point & shoot digital cameras have dominated the photography marketplace for most of the past decade, but reasonably priced entry level dSLRs are now the fastest growing segment of that lucrative market. Entry-level digital SLRs allow photographers to move to the next creative level by providing affordable access to modular imaging devices and interchangeable lenses.
In the first installment of this article (Don't Be Afraid; They Won't Bite: M, P, and S Exposure Modes Demystified), I provided an introduction to the different exposure modes (or manual modes) that are available on digital cameras. I covered the "P" (programmed auto), "M" (full manual), and "S" (shutter priority) modes in more depth, but left the description of my favorite mode for this installment.
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