Announced today, the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 digital camera features a 10.1 megapixel sensor in a very compact camera with 2.8 inch wide format LCD and 3x optical zoom. The Z1000 is expected to be available in June at an MSRP of $399.
Nikon has a proud heritage; the camera of choice for generations of photojournalists and war correspondents, the only camera ever identified in the lyrics of a number one popular music hit, and the imaging tool NASA astronauts took to the moon. The Nikon Coolpix S5 is a stylishly thin ultra compact 6 megapixel P&S (point and shoot) digital camera with a large 2.5" LCD screen and a 3X optical zoom.
Continuing the slim sexiness of the T line, Sony has announced the ultra-compact Cyber-shot DSC-T30. The T30 is a pretty straightforward upgrade from the T9 with just a handful of changes. The T30 looks almost identical to the T9, but will be a available in silver and a sleek black look as well. Look for the T30 at SonyStyle.com in May for around $500.
The Nikon Coolpix P3 was introduced at PMA at the end of February. A member of Nikon's "Performance" Coolpix line, the P3 is targeted at the folks who like a nice compact size with some advanced shooting features, like aperture priority modes and easier control over ISO and white balance settings.
The new Nikon Coolpix L2, Coolpix L3, and Coolpix L4 were added to Nikon's "Life" line right before the PMA show in Orlando. The "L" line is squarely aimed at the entry-level user and the user looking for a compact, high-quality, easy to use camera.
Right before PMA, Nikon announced two new additions to their "P", or Performance, line. The Nikon Coolpix P3 and Coolpix P4 are the most fully-featured point and shoot cameras from Nikon. They have a distinctive rounded-corner shape that kind of reminds me of a bar of soap. Nikon manages to fit a lot of features into these compact cameras, including Vibration Reduction and WiFi capability.
Not to be left out of all the new product annoucements, Lowepro has announced a new line of bags designed for resporters, a rolling computer/camera backpack, a non-rolling computer and camera backpack, and some new colors for their Rezo line of compact camera cases. Lowepro bags are known for their high quality and excellent design.
Samsung has announced three new cameras ahead of PMA. The Samsung GX-1L is the second camera released from collaboration with Pentax. The Digimax L60 offers 6 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, and a 2.4 inch screen in a compact form factor. The Digimax L85 features an 8 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD, and the world's first high definition interface (HDMI) in a still camera.
Olympus has announced three new digital cameras in their Stylus line. The Olympus Stylus 710 and Stylus 810 provide the familiar weatherproof compact design of previous generations, at 7.1 megapixels and 8 megapixels respectively. The Olympus Stylus 720 SW is a "S"hockproof and "W"aterproof, 7.1 megapixel addition to the line. The Stylus 710 will be available in February for $349.99, the Stylus 720 SW will be available in March for $399.99 and the Stylus 810 will be available in March for $429.99.
Fujifilm has announced four new digital cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The Fujifilm Finepix V10 is a compact camera featuring Real Photo Technology and the ability to shoot up to ISO 1600. The entry level Finepix A400 and A500 feature the Super CCD in 4 and 5 megapixels, respectively. Finally, the Finepix F470 is their new entry in the new slim point and shoot cameras.
Timed with CES (which starts this week), Pentax has announced two new cameras in their compact Optio line. The Pentax Optio A10, the flagship of the new "A" line brings an 8 megapixel sensor and "Shake Reduction" in the familiar Optio size. The beginner-friendly Pentax Optio E10 sports a 6 megapixel sensor. Both cameras will be available in February 2006 with the A10 at $350 and the E10 at $200.
Minox has announced a compact camera, the DC 6211. The 6.2 megapixel ultra-compact has a 3x optical zoom and a beefy 2.5 inch LCD. No details on availability and price yet, so we'll keep you posted.
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