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.
Magix Photostory on CD & DVD 4 is a great program for transforming your images into fun slideshows. The software is intuitive to use, easy to learn, and the multitude of output options provides great value to someone who loves to relish in their ever-growing library of images. A slideshow CD or DVD also makes a great gift for new grandparents. The best part about the software is that it won't break the bank. For $39, Photostory is very reasonably priced for even beginning or amateur photographers.
Recent financial news from Canon and Kodak. Canon continues to do well, Kodak slowly working its way out from under their restructuring.
Whether writing a review for web site or selling a used camera or product at an online auction site such as eBay, your photos should look their very best. It's easier than you think to take pictures that stand out from the crowd, even without a fancy digital camera and professional lighting equipment. Simply get creative and follow a few basic photography and editing techniques. I guarantee you'll get some great shots.
In a very exciting development, Olympus has announced the Evolt E-330, the world's first interchangeable lens digital SLR with a live display on the LCD. In current digital SLR cameras, a mirror, blocking the image sensor, is used to provide the optical viewfinder with the shot. Once the shutter is released, the mirror swings out of the way so the sensor can capture the image. Olympus has managed to be the first to market with a product that overcomes the physical and technical hurdles of providing an optical viewfinder and live view LCD.
The Olympus SP-320 is the latest camera in Olympus' higher-end "SP" point and shoot line. The 7.1 megapixel camera has several manual modes to provide varying degrees of manual control for the photographer who wants to start experimenting around with settings. The camera, with a 3x optical lens and 2.5 inch LCD, also have several accessories to provide even more options to the user. The SP-320 will be available in March 2006 at an estimated street price of $299.99.
Adding to their entry level, easy to use, "FE" line, Olympus has announced the FE-115, FE-130, FE-140, which will be available in March. Designed for a beginning digital camera owner, the new FE cameras provide simple modes and on-camera help and tutorials to help you learn how to take great pictures. The FE-130 will have an estimated street price of $179.99 and the FE-140 will be available for an estimated $229.99. A $149 model, the Olympus FE-115 will also be available sometime in the spring of 2006.
Olympus has announced three new digital cameras in their Stylus line. The Olympus Stylus 710 and Stylus 810 provide the familiar weatherproof compact design of previous generations, at 7.1 megapixels and 8 megapixels respectively. The Olympus Stylus 720 SW is a "S"hockproof and "W"aterproof, 7.1 megapixel addition to the line. The Stylus 710 will be available in February for $349.99, the Stylus 720 SW will be available in March for $399.99 and the Stylus 810 will be available in March for $429.99.
Any time you drop a few hundred, or thousand, dollars on a digital camera, PDA, notebook or other computing device online, there's a little uncertainty. Of course buying something from Best Buy online is one thing, while Cheap Dealz USA out of Brooklyn is something entirely different. What can you do to protect yourself from those who make a living off of unsuspecting shoppers?
Casio has announced the Exilim EX-Z600 digital camera. So far, no news for a release in the US, but we will keep you posted if this changes. The slim Z600 features a 2.7 inch LCD that is brighter than screens on previous cameras. Available starting in March 2006, the Casio Exilim Z600 will be available in silver, black and blue.
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