The holidays are rapidly approaching and there are a lot of digital cameras out there to choose from. Most manufacturers announced new cameras in August and September that are becoming available just in time. This new crop of cameras brought updates to previous models as well as some new ones, so we're going to give you a leg up on some good camera picks for this season.
Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-T9, the latest in their T series of ultra-slim digital cameras. This camera shoots 6 megapixels and has a 2.5 inch LCD. The non-protruding lens has a 3x optical zoom and, new with this camera, optical image stabilization. This is the first camera to use a lens shift stabilization system in the "folded-path" lens. The T9 will be available in January for around $450 from Sony at www.sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores and authorized dealers.
After a couple weeks of leaked images and leaked web sites, Nikon has officially announced the D200. This digital SLR inherits many features from the D2X camera and captures images at 10.2 megapixels. With a 0.15 second start up time and a 50 millisecond shutter lag, the D200 can shoot five frames per second. A new 2.5 inch LCD is viewable up to a 170 degree viewing angle. The D200 will be available in December at an estimated selling price of $1699.99.
Sooner than I expected, Canon has announced a wireless-enabled digital camera to their Powershot SD lineup. The Canon Powershot SD430 Digital ELPH Wireless is most similiar to the SD450. It shoots 5 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom and has a 2 inch LCD. It is expected to be available at the end of January 2006 for $499.99.
After a quick whirlwind across the exhibit floor of the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, I thought I would fill you in on what I've learned. I got a chance to get some of the newer models in hand and we plan to bring you reviews of as many as we can. Below, I'll touch on some of the highlights from Nikon, Canon, and Konica Minolta. I also enjoyed checking out Fujifilm's S5200, E-900, and S9000 and some of the newer Pentax and Olympus models.
We wanted to give you a quick preview for the Pentax Optio S5z before we publish our full review within the next couple of weeks. Check back soon for the full story on this camera!
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