If there was a theme for this week, it would be "compact ultra-zooms". Pentax is joining the party with the 7x optical zoom Optio Z10. They're also announcing the tiny 10 megapixel Optio S10. Both cameras will be available in September 2007 for $250.
The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 will fit into Sony's H line right under the H7 and H9. The H3 offers a stabilized 10x optical zoom lens to capture 8.1 megapixel images and it has a 2.5 inch LCD. Compared to the 12x optical zoom H2, the H3 certainly looks like a step back, but Sony has also made the H3 much more compact (about half as thick as the H2). Look for the H3 in September for around $300.
The auto exposure-only 7.2 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 is one of the top models of Panasonic’s ultra-compact FX line. The heart of the FX30 is its f2.8-f5.6/4mm-16mm (equivalent to a 28mm-100mm lens on a 35mm camera) 3.6X Leica Vario Elmarit zoom. The snappy pocket-sized FX30 may be one of the best choices for consumers searching for a capable and easy to use ultra-compact P&S digicam. We’ll have an in-depth review up in a few days.
To complement their latest digital SLRs, the Evolt E-410 and Evolt E-510, Olympus has anounced a compact, lightweight 70-300mm super telephoto lens. A nice macro capability and compact design top off of the highlights of this new glass.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 is a 7.2 megapixel compact camera that has a stabilized, wide angle, 10x optical zoom lens and a 3 inch LCD. We'll be publishing our full review soon, so just wanted to give you a heads-up with our first impressions of the camera.
The Kodak Easyshare V803 is a compact, stylish, easy-to-use, and very pocketable AE (programmed auto exposure) 8 megapixel point and shoot digital camera. The V803 is available in a rainbow array (pink bliss, red shimmer, cosmic blue, mystic purple, golden dream, white glaze, silver essence, slate gray and java black) of 'hot' colors. Here are our first thoughts about the camera.
The Nikon D40x is being introduced as a "sister camera" to the Nikon D40. The D40x features the same compact body and beginning-user friendly features but it can shoot at 10.2 megapixels with a faster continuous shooting speed and wider ISO range. The D40x will be available as a body only or in a one lens kit with a 18-55mm lens. It will be available in April 2007. The body-only price is $729 and the one lens kit will be $799.
In addition to the new compact E-410 announced today, Olympus is also rolling out the EVOLT E-510. as a successor to the E-500 digital SLR. The E-510 is a 10 megapixel digital SLR that includes Olympus' Live View MOS sensor that lets you preview your images on the 2.5 inch LCD. It also features a new processor, the TruePic III and a sensor-shifting mechanical image stabilization system.
Today, Olympus is announcing their new EVOLT E-410 compact digital SLR and I got to spend some time hands-on with it a few days ago. The E-410 is a compact, 10 megapixel digital SLR that includes Olympus' Live View MOS sensor that lets you preview your images on the 2.5 inch LCD. It also features the new TruePic III imaging processor. The Olympus EVOLT E-410 will be available in three configurations: body only, a one lens kit, and two lens kit. The body-only price will be $699 when it starts shipping in May.
In addition to the new cameras announced today in Sony's ultra-slim T and ultra-zoom H lines, there are three new entries to the compact W line: the Cyber-shot DSC-W200, Cyber-shot DSC-W90, and Cyber-shot DSC-W80. All three cameras have 3x optical zooms, 2.5 inch LCDs and they vary by capture resolution with the W200 coming in at 12 megapixels, the W90 at 8.1 megapixels and the W80 at 7.2 megapixels.
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