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by Brad Soo on January 29

Sony Cyber-shot TX200V
Looks like the camera announcement party from last month isn’t over yet. Sony has just announced an ultra-compact premium rugged camera, the Cyber-shot TX200V. The camera has a reinforced glass front (and presumably the back too) and can survive water, dust and freezing temperatures (no word of drops though!). The TX200V also appears to be Sony’s flagship pocket camera with plenty of fancy features, boasting fast performance and a never-seen-before 18.2 megapixel Exmor R image sensor, the […]

by Brad Soo on January 29

Sony Cyber-shot WX50 and WX70
Sony also announced two more affordable cameras equipped with new 16 megapixel CMOS sensors and point and shoot operation. They also have more conventional looks than the fancy Cyber-shot TX200V. The only differences that separate the Cyber-shot WX50 and Cyber-shot WX70 are the touchscreen and more choice of camera body colors on the latter (and price tag of course)

16 megapixel CMOS imaging sensor
5X optical zoom: 25 – 125 mm (f2.6 – f6.3) lens
Optical image stabilization
WX50: 2.7 […]

by Brad Soo on January 25

Pentax Optio VS20
Pentax has announced a compact super-zoom with a 20X optical zoom lens and unique vertical shooting controls (means the camera has two shutter buttons and two zoom levers to allow you to take portrait and landscape photos easily). Besides that, it seems to have a pretty conventional set of features for a compact camera.

16 megapixel CCD sensor
20X optical zoom 28 – 560 mm (f3.1 – f4.8) lens
Sensor-shift image stabilization
3 inch LCD (460,000 pixels)
Two shutter buttons, two zoom levers […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Olympus SP620UZ ultra-zoom
Olympus has just unveiled a brand new big zoom camera at an affordable price of just $200. This point-and-shoot model sports plenty of zoom with an ergonomic form factor.

16 megapixel CCD sensor
21X optical zoom 25 – 525 mm (f3.1 – f5.8) lens
Sensor-shift image stabilization
3 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
iAuto and scene modes; no manual controls
In-camera panorama, 3D photo mode, Magic Filters and new Beauty Make-up mode
720p Standard HD movie mode with sound
Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Uses 4 AA batteries
Available this […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Olympus SZ-12 ultra-zoom camera
Olympus just announced another ultra-zoom camera which matches the price of the other big zoom model it announced today, but with a bigger zoom range, slightly more compact form factor and higher resolution screen. Why it’s priced the same as its bulkier counterpart with less zoom is beyond me, but if you can wait two months till March, the SZ12 looks like a better deal on paper.

14 megapixel CCD sensor
24X optical zoom 25 – 600 mm […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Olympus TG320 rugged camera
Olympus has just announced their newest rugged camera in time for the year 2012. The camera is apparently their entry-level rugged offering, so we suspect we will be hearing from Olympus again in the near future about higher-end rugged cameras.

14 megapixel CCD sensor
3.6X optical zoom 28 – 102 mm (f3.5 – f5.1) lens
Sensor-shift image stabilization
2.7 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
iAuto mode and scene modes
Rugged camera design: Waterproof (10 feet/3 meters), shockproof (5 feet/1.5 meters), freezeproof (14F/-10C) and dustproof
720p […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Olympus VG160 and VR340 entry-level cameras
Olympus has just launched a pair of entry-level compact digital camera models. Despite being different from each other in terms of optical zoom range, both share one thing in common: affordable price tag. First off, here’s the specifications of the basic Olympus VG160:

14 megapixel traditional CCD imaging sensor
5X optical zoom: 26 – 130 mm (f2.8 – f6.5) lens
3 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
iAuto with scene modes and Magic Filters; no manual controls
Standard HD 720p movie mode […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Fujifilm X-Pro 1: Fuji's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Fujifilm has just made details of their first ever mirrorless interchangeable lens camera today. The new Fujifilm X-Pro 1 throws yet another interchangeable lens system into the growing market of mirrorless large-sensor cameras, using Fujifilm’s new X-mount and lenses. The camera has a rangefinder-like design and looks to be a premium mid-range camera in terms of price.

16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor (APS-C sized) with dust reduction
Sensor designed to reduce moire and false […]

by Brad Soo on January 9

Sony Cyber-shot W610, W620 and W650 trio
Sony has taken the wraps off three affordably priced Cyber-shot models today. The new Sony Cyber-shot W610, W620 and W650 allow you to own a small metal point-and-shoot camera with a decent feature set for not a lot of money.

W610 and W620: 14 megapixel CCD imaging sensor
W650: 16 megapixel CCD imaging sensor
W610: 4X optical zoom: 26 – 104 mm (f2.8 – f5.9) lens
W620: 5X optical zoom: 28 – 140 mm (f3.2 – f6.5) lens
W650: […]

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