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.
With Nikon's S line getting four new cameras and the L line getting three new cameras, we're left with the single camera update to Nikon's Performance (P) line. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 features 10 megapixel resolution, a 3.5x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD, and plenty of advanced features meant to appeal to the enthusiast or someone who wants a compact camera to take along when they're tired of carrying their "big" camera.
In preparation for PMA, Nikon is updating it's "Life" or L-line of digital cameras with three new models. The Coolpix L10, Coolpix L11, and Coolpix L12 all feature 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and the same compact body styling as the previous generations of L cameras. The three cameras vary in sensor resolution and LCD size in order to blanket the possible price range (from $119 - $199).
Fortunately, I received a Nikon D40 loaner unit right before I headed out to Christmas vacation in snowy Colorado. The recently announced 6 megapixel D40 is a light, compact digital SLR that is built for the beginning digital SLR user. A simplified user interface and simplified controls serve to not intimidate someone who might be intimidate by all the buttons. Here are my first thoughts on the camera so far.
The entry level, compact 6.1 megapixel Nikon D40 digital SLR has been officially announced by Nikon. The D40 attempts to convince people that digital SLRs don't have to be intimidating or expensive, with many user-friendly features and a price (with 18-55mm lens) of $599.
There are quite a few compact/ultra-compact digital cameras that claim to be genuine photographic tools, but very few that really offer users anything near the level of creative control that most serious photographers demand. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 (with one glaring exception) may be the exception to the rule. We'll be publishing our full review of the LX2 very soon.
As a preface to our full review of the Nikon Coolpix S9, Ben Stafford gives his initial impressions of this 6 megapixel, ultra-compact digital camera.
Photokina 2006: Fujifilm has announced the Finepix S5 Pro, a professional quality digital SLR, and the Finepix F31fd, the first compact camera to feature their face-detection system. The Finepix S5 Pro will be available in early 2007 and the Finepix F31fd will be available in December for $399.
Sony has announced two new digital cameras that both bring the 3 inch, touch screen LCD goodness. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50 features the first touch screen in the ultra compact, stylish "T" series. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is an update to the previous touch sensitive N1 and bumps the resolution up to 10 megapixels. Look for both models in October, with the T50 coming in around $500 and the N2 for about $450.
Howard Creech gives his first thoughts on the ultra compact Kodak Easyshare V610. The full review will be coming soon for this 6 megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera that is less than an inch thick.
Pentax has announced two updates to its Optio line of compact point and shoot digital cameras. The Pentax Optio A20 features 10 megapixels and three methods of providing anti-shake. It will be available in September for under $350. The Pentax Optio M20 features 7 megapixels and long AA battery life. It will be available in September for under $200.
SanDisk has announced its new ultra fast Compact Flash card line of products named Extreme IV. The Extreme IV card features a read and write speed of 40MB/sec, doubling that of the predecessor Extreme III card. The Extreme IV is squarely targeted at professional photographers that need to use fast cameras and then transfer their large raw image files quickly to a PC.
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