Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Digital ELPH Review

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I’ve just finished writing my review of the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 990 IS; a stylish little camera with a large 5X zoom lens and 3 inch LCD. It also has blink detection, auto scene detection and several other fancy features. Do visit the Canon SD970 Digital ELPH/Digital IXUS 990 IS photo gallery as well. Hit the link and check out the full review of the camera now!

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Pentax Optio W80 rugged camera announced

Pentax announced their first rugged camera today (the previous Pentax W-series were merely waterproof) and here it is - the Optio W80.

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Pentax Optio W80
(Rugged camera)

  • 12 effective megapixels
  • 28 - 140 mm (f3.3 - f5.5) 5X optical zoom lens
  • Digital ‘pixel tracking’ image stabilization [slaps self on forehead]
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • Auto Picture Mode (aka automatic scene mode selection)
  • Face, smile and blink detection
  • Digital wide combines two pictures into a single 21 mm wide photo
  • Dynamic range adjustment
  • No manual controls
  • HD 720p 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $300
  • Comes in your choice of gray, red and blue

Olympus E-P1 interchangeable lens camera

Olympus officially announced their first Micro Four Thirds camera today. The new E-P1 ‘PEN’ camera is an interchangeable lens camera features the controls and flexibility you’ll find in a typical digital SLR, but it’s a lot smaller… it’s even more compact than Panasonic’s GH1 camera. Oh, and as a Micro Four Thirds camera, the E-P1 PEN is strictly live view only - it has neither a mirror box nor a built-in optical viewfinder (Though an [optional] external viewfinder is available, and can be attached via the hotshoe)

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Olympus E-P1 PEN
(Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera)

  • 12.3 megapixel LiveMOS sensor (2X crop factor)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Dust reduction
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (compatible with full-size Four Thirds, Olympus OM, Leica M and Leica R lenses using their respective optional adapters)
  • New TruePic V processor promises better color, noise reduction and detail processing in photos
  • 3 inch LCD
  • Live view with contrast detection AF, face detection and Perfect Shot Preview
  • Full manual controls with hotshoe and RAW
  • Intelligent Auto mode with auto scene selection; Art Filters and multiple exposure features
  • 3 FPS burst mode
  • 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and continuous AF
  • Takes SD/SDHC cards - Surprise! No xD-Picture card support!
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in July for $750 (body only), $800 (with new 14-42 mm kit lens) or $900 (with 17 mm pancake lens and viewfinder attachment)

Not surprisingly, Olympus also has two new lenses and an external viewfinder to go along with the new E-P1:

  • Olympus Micro Zuiko 17 mm f2.8 pancake lens
  • Olympus Micro Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5-f5.6 retractable lens
  • External viewfinder for 17 mm lens (attached via hotshoe)

Sony Cyber-shot HX1 Review

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I’ve just posted my review of the Sony Cyber-shot HX1, a super zoom camera that uses a CMOS sensor and has a 10 FPS burst mode. As you would expect, I also have a bunch of full-sized photos taken straight out of the camera ready in the Sony Cyber-shot HX1 photo gallery.

What are you waiting for? The full review of the Sony Cyber-shot HX1 awaits you after the link.

Read the Sony HX1 review

Three new digital cameras in June

There were three new digital cameras announced today, seemingly out of nowhere by three camera manufacturers. The star of the day has got to be Casio’s Exilim H10 compact super-zoom camera which features 12 megapixels, a 10X optical zoom lens with sensor-shift image stabilization, large 3 inch LCD, high-speed modes and Casio claims this camera’s battery life is rated at 1000 shots per charge. The other two cameras are from Fujifilm and Samsung respectively. The Fujifilm FinePix Z300 is an ultra-thin camera with a 3 inch touchscreen on the back (think Sony T-series) while Samsung’s WB1000 is a regular compact with 12 megapixels, a 5X lens that starts out at 24 mm, HD movie mode and a pair of unique battery charge/available memory gauges on the top.

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