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Pentax K-x digital SLR announced
by Brad Soo on September 17

Pentax announced a new entry-level digital SLR today. The new Pentax K-x SLR succeeds their popular K2000 as an affordable, yet fairly feature-rich entry-level solution. The Pentax K-x is also the first digital SLR to come in your choice of four colors (besides the regular black and silver).

Pentax K-x
(Entry-level digital SLR camera)

12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor (1.5X crop factor)
Pentax K-mount
Sensor-shift image stabilization
Dust reduction
Pentax K lens mount
Viewfinder with 0.80X magnification, 96% frame coverage
New Pentax Prime 2 imaging processor
11 point AF; 9 cross-type […]

Leica M9 and Leica X1 camera announcements
by Brad Soo on September 9

Have some spare change in these troubled economic times? Want a nice camera to go along with your sailboat? Leica unveiled two new cameras today that may just suit your needs. First off is the extremely anticipated (and expensive) successor to their M8 rangefinder and the second camera is a relatively compact camera that packs a large CMOS sensor and a fixed lens. Rangefinder/retro camera lovers will be drooling all right now; but for the average Joe, price vs feature […]

Panasonic Lumix GF1 now official
by Brad Soo on September 2

It’s the day that everyone’s been waiting for - Panasonic just officially announced their new Lumix GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera! The Panasonic GF1 is around the same size as Olympus’ E-P1 PEN camera but the GF1 packs a few extra features and will retail at a slightly higher price. Let’s cut to the chase, here are the main features of the Lumix GF1:

Panasonic Lumix GF1
(Micro Four Thirds camera)

12 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
Micro Four […]

Samsung’s first ever real ultra-zoom
by Brad Soo on September 1

Well, Samsung did announce two ‘compact’ super-zoom cameras earlier this year, the HZ10W/WB500 and HZ15W/WB550 cameras but today, they finally took the wraps off their first ultra-zoom camera. The new Samsung WB5000 packs a 24X zoom lens, a RAW mode, HD movie recording and more.

Samsung WB5000
(Super-zoom camera)

12.5 effective megapixels
26 – 624 mm (f2.8 – f5.0) 24X optical zoom lens
Optical image stabilization
3 inch LCD with EVF
Smart Album and Smart Auto modes
Face and smile detection
Full manual controls with RAW mode
720p 30 FPS […]

Canon unveils EOS 7D SLR plus three new lenses
by Brad Soo on September 1

Canon just announced their new mid-range digital SLR today, the fabled EOS 7D. As it turns out, the camera isn’t really a “full frame 5D Mark II Lite” as many had hoped for, but instead sits between the EOS 50D and EOS 1D Mark III models (which are APS-C and APS-H crop models respectively).
The new EOS 7D actually sits closer to its 1D-cousin in terms of ‘main features’ (ie burst mode, viewfinder, dual processors). So, you could look at it […]

Olympus E600 SLR announced
by Brad Soo on August 31

Olympus discretely announced their new entry-level E600 digital SLR today. The E600 is a whole lot like the E620 we reviewed earlier this year, minus three Art Filters, Multiple Exposure, multi aspect ratios and backlit controls. Naturally, the E600 also has a lower price tag tacked onto it. Personally, I think there’s a lot going for this camera - it’s essentially the E620 with a lower price tag and missing three firmware features (which you can essentially perform using […]

Why the new Alpha A850, A550 and A500 DON’T have movie modes
by Brad Soo on August 28

Sony’s response to their new digital SLR announcements ‘lacking video’ is just in. According to Mark Weir from Sony Electronic’s Digital Imaging group, they want to concentrate more on ‘still image quality’ and are still working on perfecting HD video technology for SLRs (they mention continuous AF and exposure control while recording video). And there you have it folks… in a way, this is a good thing - digital SLRs aren’t exactly video cameras and are better off taking high […]

Sony Alpha A850 now official with Alpha A500 and Alpha A550
by Brad Soo on August 27

Sony finally unveiled their new Alpha A850 today. The Sony Alpha A850 is the latest ‘affordable’ full-frame digital SLR in the market. Apparently Sony wants more recruits joining their Alpha SLR system and so the price tag of the camera is EVEN lower than anticipated. Yup, this full-frame camera can be had for just $2000, new.
Besides a slower burst mode (3 FPS) and slightly less viewfinder coverage (down 2% from the A900), the Alpha A850 is otherwise the same as […]

Canon unveils new digital cameras for fall 2009!
by Brad Soo on August 19

If you’ve been waiting since PMA 2009 for plenty of cameras to ogle at, today’s your day. Canon just unveiled SIX (!) new digital cameras today, including the much-awaited successor to the G10, the PowerShot G11, along with a pleasant surprise - the S-series of ‘mini G’ cameras is back with the PowerShot S90.
First off is the new PowerShot G11, Canon’s latest prosumer camera. Canon seems to be backing out of the megapixel race with this camera since they probably […]

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