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Digital camera trends 2009
by Brad Soo on January 31

With the first wave of camera announcements for the year over and more to come as we approach PMA 2009 in March, here are some digital camera trends we’re gonna see this year:

12 megapixels is the new “10 megapixels” and 18 megapixels will be the new “15 megapixels”. Remember all those 10 megapixel ultra-compact cameras we saw last year? Well, that’s out of fashion now and this year we’ll be seeing new 12 megapixel ultra-compact cameras… and well, I hope […]

Panasonic releases six new cameras
by Brad Soo on January 27

Panasonic announced six new compact cameras today, many of them sound really interesting/impressive (especially the Lumix ZS3/TZ7) and I look forward to getting my hands on them for review. Also, Panasonic seems to be entering the “camera name-game”, like another certain Japanese camera company by giving all the cameras announced today different names, depending on where in the world you live (oh, fantastic).

Panasonic Lumix ZS1 (aka TZ6) and ZS3 (aka TZ7)
(Compact super-zoom cameras)

10 and 12 effective megapixels (though the ZS3/TZ7 […]

Panasonic compacts announced
by Brad Soo on January 16

Panasonic announced four compact cameras today – merely updates to last year’s low-end models which probably won’t get any “oohs” and “aahhs” from the crowd but people who want a small, affordable camera might consider looking at these.

Panasonic Lumix FS6 and FS7
(Point-and-snap cameras)

8 effective megapixels (FS6)
10 effective megapixels (FS7)
33 – 132 mm (f2.8 – f5.9) 4X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization
2.5 inch LCD for FS6, 2.7 inch LCD for FS7
No manual controls
Intelligent Auto mode (camera picks a mode automatically) with […]

Canon PowerShot A480 released
by Brad Soo on January 15

Canon announced their latest entry-level camera today – The new PowerShot A480 is 25% smaller than the old A470 it replaces and sports some new things other than design (Such as motion detection).

Canon PowerShot A480
(Compact entry-level camera)

10 effective megapixels
3.3X optical zoom lens
2.5 inch LCD
No manual controls
Motion and Face detection with a redeye removal tool
VGA 30 FPS movie mode with sound
Takes SD/SDHC memory cards
Uses 2 AA batteries
Availability and price unknown
Comes in your choice of silver, black, blue or red

New Casio cameras
by Brad Soo on January 8

Casio made an announcement of several compact cameras with some rather… unique features today. The high speed FC100 is the most interesting of the bunch and it doesn’t have a whole lot of megapixels either (at least compared to the 12 to 15 megapixel compacts we’ve been seeing lately)

Casio Exilim FC100
(Compact camera with high-speed shooting)

9 effective megapixels
37 – 185 mm (f3.6 – f4.5) 5X optical zoom lens
Sensor shift image stabilization
2.7 inch LCD
No manual controls
30 FPS burst mode at 6 megapixels: […]

Sony Cyber-shot G3 announced
by Brad Soo on January 8

Sony just announced a very interesting (but rather expensive) compact camera which is equipped with a huge touchscreen LCD and built-in WiFi connectivity. The built-in WiFi (there’s even a web browser in the camera!) allows you to upload photos and videos online to places like YouTube and Photobucket.

Sony Cyber-shot G3
(Large screen camera with WiFi)

10 effective megapixels
35 – 140 mm (f3.5 – f5.6) 4X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization
3.5 inch touchscreen LCD
No manual controls
Intelligent scene recognition and dynamic range optimization features
Built-in […]

Sony Cyber-shot W220 and rumors
by Brad Soo on January 8

Sony announced just one camera today (hmm will we see more before CES this weekend?) which is an entry-level compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot W220
(Entry level compact camera)

12 effective megapixels
30 – 120 mm (f2.8 – f5.8) 4X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization
2.7 inch LCD
No manual controls
Intelligent scene recognition and dynamic range optimization features
VGA 30 FPS movie mode with sound
Takes Memory Stick Duo memory cards
Uses a lithium-ion battery
Available in March for $190
Comes in your choice of silver, black, blue or pink

And here’s where […]

New Olympus cameras
by Brad Soo on January 7

Olympus announced a whole lot of cameras today, included the new Stylus SW series, now rebranded as “Stylus Tough” cameras as promised. And let’s begin with Olympus pushing the “most zoom in a single lens” barrier yet again with their latest SP590 Ultra Zoom which has a whopping 26X optical zoom!

Olympus SP590 Ultra Zoom
(Super zoom camera with a 26X lens)

12 effective megapixels
26 – 676 mm (f2.8 – f5.0) 26X optical zoom lens
Sensor shift image stabilization
2.7 inch LCD with EVF
Full manual […]

New Samsung cameras
by Brad Soo on January 7

Samsung made an announcement of several compact digital cameras today. The first one is a compact (for a big zoom camera) which features a 10X lens starting at an ultra-wide 24 mm; no doubt this will target and directly compete with Panasonic’s TZ-series cameras. Check all of them out:

Samsung HZ10W
(Compact super-zoom camera)

10 effective megapixels
24 – 240 mm (f3.3 – f5.8) 10X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization
2.7 inch LCD
Full manual controls
New Beauty Shot and Smart Album
720p HD 30 FPS movie mode […]

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