Given the heat wave across most of the USA recently, it may be hard to get out and take pictures. However, back to school is coming quickly and many people are looking for cameras to take to school or to take pictures of their kids at the school plays. If you find yourself needing to replace or upgrade your camera, we like to profile the most popular cameras on our web site to give you a good idea of what people are considering.
To a Point and Shoot (P&S) camera user, the mode options can seem superfluous at best, and terrifying at worst. After all, isn't the camera called "Point and Shoot" for a reason? Why should the average camera user bother changing modes when the camera was designed to take a decent picture with no switch flipping or incantations from the user? The answer is simple: you don't have to, but using the modes can lead to even better results.
The Kodak Easyshare P712 is a new addition to Kodak's "Performance" line of digital cameras. Announced last month, the P712 features a 7.1 megapixel capture resolution, a stabilized 12x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD, and plenty of features to appeal to someone ready to expand their digital photography horizons. I've had the camera for a few days now and wanted to give my first impressions (and let you know that a full review is coming soon).
The Pentax Optio S7 is a new addition to the slim and stytlish S line of Pentax Optio cameras. A successor to the S6, the S7 features a 7 megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD (with 232K pixels), 3x optical zoom, and some of Pentax' newer technologies, like Face Recognition AF & AE. The S7 will be available on a limited basis in September for under $300.
Image stabilized (IS) mega-zoom digicams are currently one of the hottest products in the high tech marketplace. Kodak's first foray in this highly competitive arena, the Kodak Easyshare Z612, was designed to compete directly with Canon's S3 IS, Sony's H5, and Panasonic's FZ7.
SanDisk has announced its new ultra fast Compact Flash card line of products named Extreme IV. The Extreme IV card features a read and write speed of 40MB/sec, doubling that of the predecessor Extreme III card. The Extreme IV is squarely targeted at professional photographers that need to use fast cameras and then transfer their large raw image files quickly to a PC.
Samsung has added two new cameras to their "S" line of digital cameras. The 7 megapixel Samsung Digimax S700 and 10 megapixel Digimax S1000 will be avaialble in August. The S700 has an MSRP of $249 and the S1000 has an MSRP of $349.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is all about wide. This successor to the LX1 sports a wide angle lens, a wide format CCD, and a wide LCD. All that and it looks good too. The LX2 is a 10.2 megapixel camera and it will be available in September at an MSRP of $499.
Panasonic has announced the successor to their very popular FZ30 ultra-zoom camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 features a 10.1 megapixel sensor and Panasonic's new Intelligent ISO Control system. This 12x zoom, MEGA OIS stabilized camera will be available in September for an MSRP of $649.
Today, Panasonic has announced three new cameras in their "sleek & slim" FX line. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 shoot at 7.2 megapixels, while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3 is a 6 megapixel camera. All three cameras feature Panasonic's Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) that can automatically adjust ISO based on the movement of the subject.
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