Building on the basic concept introduced by the Coolpix P50, the 8.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P60 offers a fully manual control experience in a compact digicam. A 5x Nikkor zoom with Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization, a large, bright 2.7-inch LCD in addition to an electronic viewfinder, and Nikon EXPEED processing for noise reduction make the P60 seem like an another attractive option for advanced amateurs, or as an economical DSLR backup.
The Nikon Coolpix S210, S520, S550, and S600 will all be joining the company's Style series of compacts, according to an announcement this evening. Three new cameras and a replacement broaden the range of offerings in Nikon's S line, which offers solid features, imposing styling, and impressive image quality, but has yet to really vie for dominance with the strongest competitors in the ultra-compact market. All four new models bring more advanced features to the table, including large, sharp LCDs, improved high ISO performance, Nikkor optics, and in several cases, Optical Vibration Reduction.
Not to be outdone by Fuji's barrage of ultra-zoom announcements, the 12 megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F100fd is the latest iteration in the company's F series of advanced compact digicams. Built around an eigth-generation Fuji Super CCD sensor, the F100fd is expected to deliver the kind of impressive low light/high ISO performance that users have come to expect from these cameras. Other physical specs include a 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel wide-angle view LCD, as well as a Fujinon 5x optical zoom.
Pentax made official what many have suspected for several months today, with the release of its new K20D and K200D digital SLRs. The K20D appears to offer some substantial improvements over the popular K10D semi-pro model - most notably, a 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and a live view system. The K200D adds another rung to Pentax's entry-level ladder, building on the 10.2 megapixel sensor technology and many basic features of the K10D, but in a lighter and more compact K100-sized package.
Sony's entry-level S series of compacts received some reworking today with the introduction of the 7.2 megapixel DSC-S750 and 8.1 megapixel DSC-S780. Both models feature a 3x zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and a new li-ion power system promising up to 280 shots per charge.
With the release of the Stylus 840, Stylus 1010, and Stylus 1020, Olympus brings Dual Image Stabilization and sharp 2.7-inch LCDs to their Stylus line of premium compact cameras. All three new models feature sensor-shift image stabilization in addition to ISO boost functionality. The 8.0 megapixel, 5x zoom Stylus 840 and 10.1 megapixel, 7x zoom Stylus 1010 and 1020 all use Olympus's TruePic III image processor developed for the company's DSLRs which promises improved high-ISO performance and better color reproduction.
The options in Olympus' slimline FE series of compact point and shoots will see some refreshing this year, with the addition of the FE-310, FE-320, FE-340, and FE-350. The new FEs share an 8.0 megapixel CCD and offer face detection, digital image stabilization, and Olympus's Perfect Shot Preview and In-Camera Help Guides across the board.
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Panasonic has jumped the gun on even the pre-PMA announcement field with the release of a new basic compact: the Lumix LS80S. The features set covers the basics: 8.1 megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD, ISO from 100 to 1600, 3x zoom, and 2.5-inch screen. The AA-powered digicam offers a limited range of user controls, focusing heavily on its scene and Intelligent Auto modes, but with true optical image stabilization it could challenge some of the more established budget compacts.
We've seen some great photos submitted so far for our Point-and-Shoot Photo Contest, and there's still plenty of time to get your entry posted. As we announced last week, we're encouraging regular forum contributors and new readers alike to show off your best point-and-shoot pictures. Creator of the winning image will receive a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200 touch screen ultra-compact, and the top three photos will be recognized in a follow-up story published on the site. To find out more more, read on...
The 8.1 megapixel, 10x zoom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 offers a suprisingly deep feature set in a compact package. Some cheap plastic design elements aside, mechanical image stabilization, fast shot-to-shot times, and some of the most impressive battery life numbers around give the sleeper H3 the potential to be one of the most highly capable compacts you've never considered.
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