Ricoh has announced the GR Digital, a "professional-grade" compact camera. The GR Digital is specifically designed to provide the best resolution, noise level, color correction and distortion levels. The 8.1 megapixel camera has a fixed focal length GR lens with a 24 mm (35 mm equivalent) focal length and features a new GR Engine processing system. The camera is expected to be available on October 21, 2005.
If you've ever wondered what the macro mode is on your new digital camera, take a look at this article for a nice introduction.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is the first integrated lens camera that uses a digital SLR class image sensor. The R1 captures 10.3 megapixels with a larger sensor than you will find in a point and shoot. Also, with Sony's expertise in the sensor technology, they are able to moderate the power usage of the sensor to allow a live preview on the two inch LCD. Also, Sony has put a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens on the camera that provides 24-120mm focal lengths. (35 mm equivalent) Expect the R1 in November for around $1000.
The Nikon Coolpix S4 is an ultra-zoom digital camera that fits into a shirt pocket. The 6 megapixel camera sports a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD. In order to handle the 10x optics in a compact camera, the lens and LCD swivel independently of each other. The Coolpix S4 will be available in September at an MSRP of $399.
The new Nikon Coolpix L1 brings a 6.2 megapixel resolution to entry level users. The L1 includes a 5x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD, as well as Nikon's technologies (Face Priority AF, D-Lighting, In-Camera Red Eye fix). A redesigned user interface features more in-camera help and the ability to choose functions by text or icons. All this in a camera with an MSRP of $349 (available in September).
Thumbing their nose at Kodak, Nikon has introduced the Nikon Coolpix P1 and P2. These two cameras are the world's first built-in WiFi enabled cameras to hit the market (Kodak's EasyShare One actually requires a WiFi card). The P1 features and 8 megapixel sensor while the P2 features a 5 megapixel sensor. Both cameras can use 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks, have 2.5 inch LCDs, and 3.5x optical zoom lenses.
The sleek looking Nikon Coolpix S3 was announced by Nikon today. The next camera in the slim, compact S series, the S3 offers 6 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom, and 2.5 inch LCD in a matte black metal body. The camera includes Nikon's D-Lighting, Face Priority AF, and In-Camera Red Eye Fix. The S3 will be available in September at an MSRP of $429.
Kodak has officially announced the availability of their EasyShare One digital camera. Introduced at CES at the beginning of the year, Kodak delayed the release of this model earliter this year. Kodak worked up a lot of anticipation for this camera, which has a 4 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 256MB internal memory and a rotating/flipping 3 inch touchscreen LCD. Not to mention the the use of an 802.11 wireless network when using the Kodak WI-FI card. Their goal is to let you sit on your couch while you send pictures to your Kodak printer. The EasyShare One will be availabe in October for $599 with the Kodak WI-FI card.
Pentax has announced two new cameras, the Pentax Optio S6, their slimmest camera, and the Pentax Optio WPi, the successor the their previous waterproof camera, the Optio WP.
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