Nikon has opened up the PMA floodgates announcing five new cameras in the Coolpix lineup. The Nikon Coolpix 4600, 5600 and 7600 models are high resolution, easy to use models. The Coolpix 5900 and 7900 offer more features in compact bodies.
Operation Photo is working with Operation Homefront to get digital cameras donated to military families. The goal is to help families cope with the absense of a mom, dad, son or daughter by letting them share pictures of births, family events and so on.
The Pentax Optio 50 is geared toward the beginner or someone who simply wants an easy to operate camera with great quality. The 5 megapixel camera features a 3x zoom, 1.8" LCD display and 128MB of built-in RAM. The Optio 50 also features iconic settings to make picture taking hassle free.
Pentax has announced the Optio S5n, a 5.2 megapixel camera that features Pentax's sliding lens system. Unfortunately there are no plans to bring this unit to the US, though it's said to be available soon in the UK for 250.
Pentax is going to release a mostly silver version of their low priced, for an SLR, *istDS. The specs are the same as the current all black model and pricing and availablility are note yet known.
Casio has joined the pre-PMA annoncement parade, making the Exilim Zoom EX-Z750 and EX-Z57 official. They offer 7.2 and 5 megapixels and feature Casio's largest LCD display to date at 2.7 inches. Both cameras will be available at retail in April, MSRP is $449.99 for the EX-Z750 and $399.99 for the EX-Z57.
As part of the PMA didgital camera deluge, Fuji has announced four new cameras. The FinePix Z1 is an ultra-compact 5.1 megapixel model with 3x optical zoom which competes head-on with Sony's popular T series. The 6.3 megapixel F10 boasts long battery life and fast speed. The A345 and A350 are meant to be easy to use models with several presets 3x optical zoom and 4.1 and 5.2 megapixel lenses respectively.
The new Lumix DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2 feauture four and five megapixel DC VARIO lenses with 6x optical zoom. The DMC-LS1 has a 4 megapixel lens with 3x optical zoom. All three models offer respectable built-in RAM, SD card slots and operate on AA batteries. The LZ models will ship in March, with the LS shipping in April. The best part? They're very cost effective, ranging from $230-$300.
According to research frim IDC, Eastman Kodak sold 4.9 million digital cameras in 2004, compared to 4.3 million by Sony. Canon came in third with 3.5 million, followed by Olympus and HP with 2.3 and 1.8 million respecively.
The design of the Q1 is definitely unique, and the built in infrared port makes printing to their IR printer a snap. The Q1 is being launched soon in Japan but probably won't make it to the US.
The upcoming PMA show will play host to several new digital camera releases. Panasonic isn't disclosing many details about their new products, but they're doing their best to build up the excitement.
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