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March 02, 2012 at 12:12PM


New Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The long-awaited follow-up to one of Canon‘s most popular DSLRs ever

When Nikon recently announced its D800 multimedia-machine DSLR, the internet was already abuzz with folks wondering how Canon would fire back. That follow up comes today in the form of the full-frame Canon 5D Mark III.On the photography front, the most notable improvement is the completely redesigned autofocus system. The Mark III offers 61 AF points, 41 of which are crosstype. That’s a huge upgrade from the nine total points offered by the 5D Mark II for which AF performance may have been its biggest detractor. That also bests Nikon’s D800, which has 51 total AF points, 15 of which are crosstype, and five which are double crosstype. The final number of points you have access to with either of those cameras when shooting ultimately depends on the maximum aperture of the lens attached. It also offers six different autofocusing modes, compared to 2 on the Mark II and the AF modes have been made much more prominent in the menus to make navigating them much faster.The Mark III checks in at 22.3-megapixels which is only a modest hop from the Mark II’s 21.1, but the sensor has received a complete overhaul. Gapless micro lenses, similar to those found on the sensor of the Canon 1D X, channel light into the photo diodes much more efficiently. As a result, the new sensor, according to Canon, offers nearly two additional stops of noise reduction in JPEG shooting at higher ISO’s compared to the Mark II. To compound the effect, Canon also incorporated “on chip noise reduction,” into its sensors, killing off potential noise before information even hits the Digic 5+ processor.Canon employs their latest, greatest Digic 5+ chip to handle the Mark III’s image processing, which they claim to be 17x faster than the Digic 4 processor found in the Mark II, and 30% faster than the ordinary Digic 5 processor. This helps bring the Mark III’s burst capabilities up to 6 fps, compared to 3.9 fps on the Mark II. That’s also two better than the 4 FPS max (without the battery grip) offered by Nikon’s D800.Metering is handled by a 63-zone (up from 35 in the Mark II), dual-layer metering system they’ve dubbed iFCL. It stands for Focus, Color, Luminance, and it uses information from the AF points to help provide more accurate and consistent exposures. Canon also shrunk the size of its spotmeter point, which now comprises just 1.5% of the sensor, compared to the 3% meter on the Mark II.The Mark III’s native ISO range of 100 to 25600 is expandable, when shooting stills, all the way up to 102,400 (two stops higher than the D800) and down to 50. When switched over to video mode there’s a hard-stop at 25,600, same as its predecessor.Expanding on the video capabilities, some folks will no doubt be slightly disappointed to see that 1080p capture is still capped at 30 fps rather than the smoother 60 fps frame rate. There are some notable video upgrades though, including an external microphone jack and a headphone jack, which film makers have been craving for years. Maximum clip time has been jacked up to about 30 minutes (up from 12 in the Mark II) and you can now manually control audio levels during video recording.While the video upgrades aren’t exactly monumental, Canon already has a rather large segment of the HDSLR market, so fixing a few long-standing gripes from users might be enough to keep users firmly entrenched in the Canon camp.From a design standpoint, the Mark III takes more than a few pages out of the 7D’s book. In fact, the top of the camera is exactly identical, with the exception of a locking mode dial (first made standard on the 60D). Mark II upgraders will have to get used to the on/off switch moving to directly below the mode dial. The backside of the camera also looks strikingly similar to the 7D. The Liveview button has moved to the top right portion on the back of the camera. Canon also incorporated a “Creative Photo Button,” and a “Photo Rating Button,” which saves on-the-fly star ratings in an image’s metadata. You’ll likely use the latter much more often than the former.Other physical upgrades include a slightly larger 3.2” 1.4 million dot LCD (compared to the 3” LCD found on the Mark II). It’s nice, but we were a bit surprised not to see a Vari-Angle screen on a machine with so much video firepower. Viewfinder coverage has also been nudged up to 100% as it is in the 7D. Canon placed great emphasis on improving weather seals on the Mark III body, and while its not quite as water and dust resistant as the 1D X, its ability to survive the elements definitely surpasses the Mark II.One simple, but crucial inclusion is that of a secondary card slot, giving it one CF and one SD. While most cameras with two slots allow users to split RAW and JPEG files on individual cards, Mark III users can take it even further, splitting two different size JPEG’s or two different size RAW files. Speaking of which, the Mark III offers three different RAW file sizes including RAW (which is 22.1 MP), M-RAW (10.5 MP) and S-RAW (5.5 MP).A newly redesigned shutter cuts lag time down to 59 milliseconds, compared to 75-millisecond lag time on the Mark II. Other new features include a “Silent Continuous Shooting Mode,” which we witnessed in person, and are pretty impressed with. When in this mode, the burst rate is cut down to 3 seconds, however the decrease in shutter noise is very noticeable.Set to ship late March, the 5D Mark III will run you 500 for body only, or 300 for the body and a 24-105 F4L IS lens. That makes it a full 00 more expensive than than the D800, which might make a significant difference. Needless to say, we’re excited to get the new camera in the lab and see just how much improvement Canon has made.

Canon has also released a few new accessories for the 5D Mark III. Here’s a quick rundown:

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A 49.99

Plug it into the camera’s USB port and it’ll hop onto a WiFi network. From there, you can use it to transfer files and syncrhonize multiples cameras shooting at the same time. It also has built-in Bluetooth connectivity.

GP-E2 GPS Receiver 90

A pretty standard GPS tagging dongle tracks capture locations as well as universal time code. It also tracks camera movement and uses a compass to record the direction the camera is pointing when the shutter is fired.

BG-E11 Battery Grip 90

The 5D Mark III’s battery grip accepts two LP-E6 batteries and has a new multicontroller and M. Fn button in addition to a full set of grip controls. Like the camera body, it’s made from magnesium alloy and shares the same burly weatherproofing.

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February 14, 2012 at 05:17AM


Those are the upcoming Sony Cybershot cameras (HX200, HX30, HX20, HX10, H90, TX66, TX20, WX150, W690)

As mentioned previously, Sony will announce another batch of Cyber-shot cameras on February 28th, 2012. Here are the details:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

27mm equivalent Carl Zeiss lens with 30x optical zoom, 60x digital zoom

AF speed of approx. 0.1 second in daylight, 0.2 seconds in low light

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

Manual Focus ring

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 20x optical zoom, 40x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Wi-Fi enabled

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 20x optical zoom, 40x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 00

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 16x optical zoom, 32x digital zoom

3.0-in. 921k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

GPS geo-tagging

Price: 30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

16 MP CCD sensor

24mm equivalent G lens with 16x optical zoom

3.0-in. 460k dot LCD screen

HD video at 720p

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66

Ultra-slim design: 12.2 mm

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

24mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom

3.3-in. OLED wide touch-screen display

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60p

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

16 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

Water-, dust-, freeze- and shock-proof

25mm equivalent lens with 4x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom

3.0-in. LCD touch screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60i

Price: 30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

18 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor

25mm equivalent lens with 10x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom

3.0-in. 460k dot LCD screen

Can captures still images during video recording

Full HD video at 1920×1080/60i

Price: 50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

16 MP CCD sensor

25mm equivalent lens with 10x optical zoom

3.0-in. 230k dot LCD screen

HD video at 720p

Price: 80

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February 08, 2012 at 05:44AM


New Gear: Pentax Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS Rugged Waterproof Compacts

Pentax is taking aim at helmet cams with it’s new tough cameras

Canon’s PowerShot G20 isn’t the only rugged, waterproof camera to come out of hiding today. Pentax has given their Optio WG line a bit of a makeover with the new WG-2 and WG-2 GPS.

Both cameras are waterproof to a depth of up to 40-feet, crush proof under up to 220-pounds, shock-proof from 5-feet and cold-proof to the standard 14-degrees F. It’s also full sealed to keep dust from getting in and grinding up its guts.

As for photographic firepower, it has a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens with a full-frame equivalent of 28-140mm. The back of the camera is equipped with a 3-inch, 460k LCD display with an anti-reflective coating.

The WG-2 GPS adds, well, GPS, but otherwise keeps things the same.

The WG-2 is fairly similar to the WG-1 in shape, but it has been revamped a little bit. There’s still a ring around the lens with 6 macro LED lights and the strap still attaches it to a backpack using a sturdy caribiner.

I really liked the WG-1 when I tested it last year, so I’m interested to see if the higher-res, backlit sensor provides a tangible improvement when it comes to image quality. They also have two remote-control receptors in case you want to put them in harm’s way and fire them remotely.

As an interesting addition, Pentax will also be introducing a SportMount Chest Harness for 0 that will hold the WG-2 in place like you’d wear a traditional GoPro.

The WG-2 will come in black or red and cost 49, while the GPS version will cost 99 and offer orange or white.

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February 08, 2012 at 05:33AM


Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera announced

Pentax announced the previously rumored Option WG-2 rugged camera. The new version is waterproof to 40 feet, has a new 16MP sensor and can shoots 1080p video. The lens has 6 built-in LED lights. The WG-2 GPS model has improved battery life.

Pres release:

DENVER, CO. (February 7, 2012)…PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION just pushed the PENTAX WG adventure camera series to the edge for the 13th time with the introduction of the PENTAX Optio WG-2 and PENTAX Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. These rugged, waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant models feature more durability than ever before as well as improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting and Full 1080p HD movie recording capability.

The Optio WG camera family is ready for adventure in any outdoor setting. Foremost in the latest models’ feature set is a new back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor and powerful imaging engine that perform superbly in high-sensitivity settings such as night shooting or in poorly illuminated indoor settings. The WG-2 models deliver clear, sharp images with less noise than previous models.
Other major improvements in the latest models include:

• High-resolution Full HD 1080p movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 30 FPS with high quality h.264 compression.
• Waterproof to depths of 40 feet.
Digital Microscope mode with one additional macro LED (total of six lights) for excellent macro lighting of subjects as close as 1 cm.
• A newly designed GPS module that delivers a shorter time lag before GPS start-up and longer battery life during GPS activation.
• A new optional SportMount Chest Harness that straps-on the WG-2 for hands-free HD movie capture of every exciting moment of adventure on land, sea or in the air.
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Other outstanding WG-2 features include:

• Shockproof design protects camera drop up to 5 feet.
• Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 LBF (pound-force).
• Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
• Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments.
• Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent).
• Large 3 inch LCD features HVGA resolution (460,000 dots) and anti-reflective coating on its protective cover.
• Hardened cover with SP coating protects internal lens elements.
• An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs.
Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video.
Fast Face Detection technology including Smile Capture and Blink Detection to capture perfect portraits.
• A Handheld Night Snap mode produces a single blur-free, composite image from four images of the same scene.
• An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus.
• Extended dynamic range helps bring out extra highlight and shadow detail.
PENTAX infrared remote control compatibility for remote shooting.
GPS and non-GPS versions are available in several new stylish color options.

Priced at 49.95 USD, Optio WG-2 will be available in a choice of Black or Vermillion Red, while the Optio WG-2 GPS will be priced at 99.95 USD in a choice of Shiny Orange or Gloss White. The new SportMount Chest Harness will be priced at 9.95 USD and should be available late spring or early summer 2012. Optio WG-2 cameras can be pre-ordered on www.pentaxwebstore.com to ship by March 2012.

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February 07, 2012 at 09:43PM


New Gear: Canon PowerShot D20 Rugged Waterproof Compact Camera

After a long break, Canon is back in the tough compact competition

The last time we saw a rugged camera from Canon, it was the blimp-like D10, which was actually a very solid little compact. But, the tough camera market is growing, drawing even Nikon into the fray, which is why we’re glad to see Canon updating their rugged offering.

The D20 is waterproof to 33-feet and shock-proof from a height of about five-feet, which isn’t quite as burly as some others that can handle a drop from 6.6-feet. It has a 5X optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture that goes from F/3.9 to F/4.8. We would always love to see faster glass in cameras like this to help get sharper shots during fast action, but lens’s tight living arrangements make that a real challenge. The optical IS also helps a bit to make up for it.

Inside, it uses Canon‘s HD system, which includes a 12.1-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and the Digic 4 processor, which makes it capable of 1920 x 1080 video capture. Like most current rugged cameras, it has built-in GPS, but we’re hoping it’s easer on the battery than it is in the otherwise-awesome PowerShot S100.

As you can see from the photo, Canon has changed up the design a bit. Personally think it looks a lot better, but, it’s not just about aesthetics. The bright body color makes it easy to find in case you drop it and the high-contrast buttons look fairly simple to navigate, even in limited visibility. They’re complemented by a 3-inch LCD screen for composition and review.

Canon has also built in a few underwater-specific features, including an underwater macro mode for capturing details when swimming or diving.

The expected ship date is in May 2012, at which point it will command 49, which puts it in a very competitive position with the rest of the market. I love rugged cameras, so I’m excited to get my hands on one and find out just how tough it is.

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February 07, 2012 at 02:46PM


Canon announces three new lenses and ten PowerShot cameras

Few minuted after the Nikon D800 announcement, Canon announced three new lenses and ten PowerShot cameras:

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM

Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS, A3400 IS, A2400 IS, A2300, A1300, A810, ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, D20

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new versions of its coveted Wide Angle Lenses and a new version of its popular 24-70mm Standard Zoom Lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts. The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses use a rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and a powerful ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) with optimized AF algorithms for faster auto focusing and sharp images. With large apertures these new lenses deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds for superior image quality.

“Our heritage is our optics with over 70 years of expertise, we look to continually further our promise to our users and deliver the ultimate image quality,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “These new lenses are powerful tools for photographic and video enthusiasts to pair with Canon cameras to help enable and enhance their creative vision.”

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for Harsh and Rigorous Conditions

Canon continues the tradition of ensuring the Company’s highest quality optical performance in its L-series lenses with the launch of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM zoom lens. This new version of one of Canon‘s most popular lenses utilizes one Super UD lens element and two UD lens elements to help achieve outstanding image quality throughout the full zoom range. The result is significantly reduced chromatic aberration in the outer area at wide-angle, high resolution and contrast in images and crisp clear edges around the subject. The lens coatings have been optimized to ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting, and reduced spherical aberration. With a circular nine-blade diaphragm, the lens delivers soft backgrounds and incredible bokeh.

In demand by architectural, corporate, adventure and professional photographers of nearly every discipline, the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens combines amazing image quality with enhanced durability. Highly resistant to dust and water, the new lens has enhanced durability and weather sealing. The lens also features a zoom lock lever to secure the zoom position for safe transport, and fluorine coatings on the front and rear glass surfaces to reduce smears and fingerprints, making it an ideal lens regardless of the conditions.

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens is expected to be available in April for an approximate retail price of ,299.00.

Canon Standard Prime Lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer:

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM & EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Empowering landscape and wide-angle photographers with improved optical performance, Canon has upgraded both its EF 24mm and EF 28mm lenses with Image Stabilization technology and Ultrasonic Motor-powered auto focus. Both lenses feature Canon‘s Optical Image Stabilizer technology providing up to four shutter speed stops of correction. With the Optical Image Stabilizer turned on, photographers can capture sharp wide-angle images in low-light settings reducing the need for a flash or a tripod. New aspherical lens elements improve the peripheral image quality and a seven-blade circular diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. The silent and smooth operation of each lens makes them ideal choices for shooting video as well. The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses each have a minimum focusing distances of 0.20m and 0.23m, respectively.

The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is expected to be available in June for an approximate retail price of 49.99, while the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is expected to be available in June for an approximate retail price of 99.99.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colors. Canon‘s PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.

PowerShot A-series models are known not only for producing high-image quality but also being easy to use as well. For the first time in a PowerShot A-series model, the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS models will feature Intelligent IS so the camera automatically selects the most effective image stabilization mode ensuring users always capture the best results. In addition, all of the models announced today will have the Smart AUTO feature with 32 shooting modes that selects the appropriate camera setting based on the users shooting environment. Additionally, for the first time in a PowerShot camera, each model will have a Help button to provide an explanation of various shooting modes to help the user along the way.

“The new additions to Canon‘s new PowerShot A-series lineup will provide entry-level users with many options to unlock their creativity and capture high-quality images at a budget-friendly price,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS Cameras

The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS cameras will each have a Genuine Canon Lens with Optical Image Stabilization allowing users to capture up-close details and wide landscapes. For the PowerShot A4000 IS camera, there will be an impressive 8x-Optical Zoom lens, the longest to date for a PowerShot A-series model, and the PowerShot A3400 IS camera will have a 5x-Optical Zoom. In addition, both cameras will have a 3-inch LCD screen; however, the PowerShot A3400 camera’s screen will be Touch Panel, another first for a PowerShot A-series model, with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter shooting modes for enhanced camera operation. The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is scheduled to be available in February in black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of 99.99. The PowerShot A3400 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, red and gold for an estimated retail price of 79.99.

PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 Cameras

The PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 cameras both feature a 5x-Optical Zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2400 IS camera will also have Optical Image Stabilization and is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, blue and pink for an estimated retail price of 59.99. The PowerShot A2300 camera is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of 49.99 in black, silver, red and blue.

PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 Cameras

For the more traditional camera user, the PowerShot A1300 camera comes equipped with an optical viewfinder adding to the versatility of this model. Additionally, both the PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 cameras feature a 5x-Optical Zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen and use AA batteries allowing for easy replacement whether at home or on a family vacation. The PowerShot A1300 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of 19.99, in black and silver. The PowerShot A810 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of 09.99, in black, silver and red.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of four PowerShot digital cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. Photographers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for the ability to instantly share images and videos with the use of the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The PowerShot SX260 HS camera puts Canon‘s amazing optical reach into a pocket sized camera, with a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm) letting you pull subjects in close. Designed for the adventurous photographer looking to take spectacular photos, the rugged PowerShot D20 camera is ideally suited for the backpacker, snowboarder or tropical-traveler.

Canon wants to help people capture the best images possible with the ability to quickly and easily share them with the world. With new PowerShot features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, people can quickly upload and share images on social networks,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Whether it’s a powerful zoom, Wi-Fi or waterproof features, our new PowerShot lineup empowers people to be creative with their photography. There are good enough images and there are great images, we always aim to help people capture the best images.”

Mobile Sharing with Excellent Image Quality

The Wi-Fi functionality built into the two ELPH models allow for a variety of connection options to help photographers share, upload, or back-up images. Users can connect directly to a wireless network from their camera to upload photos and videos to the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYi, an online service that lets registered users store images to an online album, and then post their content to social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

In March, the Canon CameraWindow application is expected to be available on the Apple App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touchii to further enhance the connectivity options. With this App, users can transfer and save images and videos from the camera to compatible iOS devices, which can then be directly uploaded to Facebook and YouTube or emailed. Photos and videos can also be shared on-the-spot with friends and family by transmitting to another current Wi-Fi-enabled Canon camera as well. A similar app is expected to be available in May for Android devices.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera

The flagship of the ELPH line, the .78 inches thick ELPH 530 HS camera has the classic style of the original ELPH design while also being Wi-Fi enabled and packing an amazing 12x optical zoom lens to capture great shots from a distance. Canon‘s HS SYSTEM has been included where the 10-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor will work in tandem with the camera’s DIGIC 5 image processor to help produce high-quality images in low-light conditions. The ELPH 530 HS will also shoot 1080p Full HD video helping capture footage in crystal clear clarity. This new model sports a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation, Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes, Face ID for optimal images of up to 12 registered subjects and the Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) function. The camera will be available in black or white for an estimated retail price of 49.99 and is expected to ship in April.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS camera makes the perfect on-the-go camera for the young and active photographer, with Wi-Fi connectivity for easy uploading of memorable moments. The HS SYSTEM has also been included on this model with the 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS and DIGIC 5 image processor working together to produce high-quality, low-light images. For those users who value high-quality video, the camera has 1080p Full HD capabilities as well. A 5x-Optical Zoom 24mm wide-angle lens will help expand the shooting capabilities of the camera and a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation. This camera will also feature Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID in addition to Intelligent IS. The camera will be available in four eye-catching colors (black, silver, blue and red) for an estimated retail price of 79.99 and is expected to ship in March.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera

Canon‘s PowerShot SX260 HS camera delivers a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance and measuring just 1.29-inches thick. The camera’s impressive zoom is accompanied by Canon‘s HS SYSTEM for improved low-light shooting with a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. Combining this incredible zoom and high-image quality will allow photographers of all levels to capture great photos or 1080p Full HD video up close and at a distance, all in one portable, powerful digital camera. The Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID has also been included in this incredibly diverse yet compact device. The camera also includes Intelligent IS and GPS photo tagging with location and elevation information to help plot exactly where your travels have taken you. Adding to the feature-set is High-Speed Burst HQ allowing for approximately 10 high-resolution shots to be captured at a continuous rate at 10.3 frames per second. The camera will be available in three colors – black, green and red – and is expected to be available in March for an estimated retail price of 49.99.

Canon PowerShot D20 Digital Camera:

Waterproofiii, shock-proof,iv and freeze-proofv the PowerShot D20 is built with the active photographer in mind. Outfitted with an easy-to-access button, the camera enables users to switch from normal photo mode to snow or underwater mode, even with gloves on. To help make the underwater photos as great as those captured on dry land, the camera has a built-in underwater macro mode producing amazing pictures up close while diving or snorkeling. When recording video, the camera includes wind reduction technology to help capture clear audio even in breezy conditions. It touts an impressive array of features including the HS SYSTEM incorporating a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor, 1080p Full HD video and a 5x optical zoom lens. Also included is a 3.0-inch LCD screen, GPS-capabilities allowing users to track their locations and tag each photo with latitude, longitude, and elevation information and Intelligent IS.vi The PowerShot D20 camera is expected to ship in May 2012 for an estimated retail price of 49.99.

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February 03, 2012 at 09:03PM


Pentax Optio WG-2 water/dust/cold/shock/proof camera leaked

Adorama has a listing on their website for a Pentax Optio WG-2 water/dust/cold/shock/proof camera.

16MP

waterproof/shock proof

Price with GPS: 99

Price without GPS: 49

Available colors: red, white, black

Here is a picture of the camera:

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February 02, 2012 at 06:25AM


Nikon P510 Offers Highest Zoom Ratio Ever Seen in a Compact Camera

Nikon has unveiled a new superzoom compact camera called the P510 that offers a ridiculous 42x optical zoom — the highest zoom ratio ever seen in such a camera. In 35mm terms, the lens goes from a 24mm on the wide-angle side to a 1000mm on the telephoto end. The 16.1MP camera also boasts a 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p video recording, GPS, 5fps continuous shooting, and ISO 3200. It’ll hit store shelves later this month with a price tag of 30.

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February 01, 2012 at 11:42AM


New Gear: Nikon Announces Coolpix S9300, S6300, S4300, and S3300 Cameras

Nikon’s S-series gets a wide variety of new compacts

Compact camera releasing season carries on, this time bringing us four new compacts from Nikon’s Coolpix S-series. Here’s a quick rundown of all four new cameras:

Coolpix S9300

Despite its 1.5-inch thickness, the S9300 has an 18x Nikkor ED zoom lens (25-450mm equivalent), placing it squarely in the scuffle currently raging between skinny cameras with lots of lens. It has built-in optical VR and a 16-megapixel Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor, not unlike the one found in the more advanced P-series compacts also announced tonight.

It also shoots 1080p HD video and has built-in GPS, which it can use to geotag images and display maps of places where photos have been taken. It’s coming this month for 49.

Coolpix S6300

The zoom on the S6300 drops to 10x, but the sensor, VR, and full HD video capture stick around from the S9300. The built-in panorama mode can create 180- or even 360-degree stitched images in the camera. It will cost a lot less at just 99 when it hits in February.

Coolpix S4300

Touted as a “no-frills” touchscreen camera, the draw of the S4300 is the 3-inch, 460K LCD on the back of the camera. The lens is a 6x zoom (26-156mm equivalent) with VR, behind which you’ll find a 16-megapixel sensor. It’s loaded with all of the shooting modes you’d expect from a camera at this level and it’ll be available later this month for 69.

Coolpix S3300

Drop the touchscreen from the S4300 and you’re left with the same 6x zoom and 16-megapixel resolution, which is combined with 720 movie recording and 19 scene modes for a truly “no-frills” affair that comes in at just 39.

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February 01, 2012 at 11:12AM


New Gear: Nikon Announces 42x Zooming Coolpix P510 and P310 Compact Cameras

That’s right, Nikon’s new flagship super-zoom has a 1,000mm equivalent zoom lens

The P-series is where Nikon keeps some of their more advanced compacts and the new P510 certainly fits that category, bringing with it one of the nuttiest zoom lenses ever attached to a compact camera. The 42x Nikkor lens starts at a wide 24mm and goes all the way to 1,000mm (full-frame equivalent). Of course, that also includes built-in Vibration Reduction, because with that kind of reach, you’re certainly going to need it.

Behind all that glass is a 16.1-megapixel Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor, coupled with Nikon’s Expeed C2 digital image processing engine. That combo can crank out up to five full-res images in a single second when switched to high-speed mode.

Other advanced features include built-in GPS, 1080p movie recording with stereo sound. You can even use the full spectrum of the zoom lens and AF during video recording. The 3-inch, 921k monitor is vari-angle, so you can rotate it for easier composition at tricky angles.

The P510 will be available some time in February for a price of 29, which seems very reasonable considering the amount of features crammed into it.

Also announced today is the Nikon P310, which cuts the optical zoom all the way down to 4.2, but keeps the focus on low-light performance, offering a maximum aperture of F/1.8. It uses the same 16.1-megapixel, BSI CMOS sensor and optical VR system, plus it adds an expandable ISO setting equivalent to 6400.

The P310 offers full manual control, including P/S/A/M modes, all of which are controlled using the top-mounted control wheel. It uses the same 3-inch vari-angle, 921k LCD screen and shares the 1080p video capture capability. It also takes some styling cues from the Nikon V1, which I consider to be a positive.

To further emphasize its low-light capabilities, Nikon has also included a few night-specific shooting modes. Advanced Night Portrait combines two images — one with flash and one without — to merge subjects and backgrounds. Night Landscape mode combines info from several shorter exposures in order to reduce noise. And Backlight HDR, well, makes in-camera HDR images.

The P310 will be available in February for 29, which makes it pretty completive, at least on paper. That fast lens is a valuable commodity in a compact.

We look forward to checking out both when review units become available.

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