Polaroid has just announced the new Z2300, the latest offering in the company’s instant digital camera lineup. The 10-megapixel Z2300 features a 3-inch LCD screen and an integrated printer with Zero Ink (“ZINK”) Technology that lets you capture, edit and print full color, 2×3-inch prints in under a minute. Here’s how the ZINK Technology works: “The patented ZINK Paper® is an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so the ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper. The Z2300 uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals, delivering clear, vibrant prints in less than a minute…The ZINK prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.” Neat. And there are a couple of printing style choices, including the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo or full bleed and contemporary 2×3-inch photos with a sticky back.
The Polaroid Z2300 camera is available for pre-order now for $159.99, with 50-packs of 2×3 premium ZINK Paper retailing for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs retailing for $14.99. Polaroid is also hosting a giveaway to allow fans the chance to get a free Z2300 before they hit shelves. Check out the sweepstakes rules at www.facebook.com/Polaroid.
Last week, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million. Yesterday, we were exposed (photography pun alert!) to the world’s most expensive camera. Purchased by an anonymous European buyer, the above pictured 1923 0-series Leica (one of the first 31 cameras ever produced by Leica) went for a whopping $2.8 million. And we thought the Leica Hermés camera was pricey!
(tecca) (image via Westlicht Photographica Auction)
Olympus today announced the latest offering in their longstanding tradition of waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof compact cameras—the Tough TG-1 iHS. Built for durability, the TG-1 iHS is being billed as the toughest Tough model to date; it’s waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof from drops of 6.6 feet or less, freezeproof down to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit), and can withstand being crushed under up to 220 pounds of weight. It features a 25-100mm, f/2.0-4.9 4x zoom lens, and with an available adapter ring ($19.99) you can add a waterproof fisheye ($119.99) or telephoto ($109.99) attachment.
The Tough TG-1 iHS is priced at $399.99, and while the camera body is rugged, a full underwater housing accessory will also be available for $309.99 in July.
Samsung today announced three new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras to their NX-series lineup. Samsung is calling the new NX1000, NX210 and NX20 “SMART cameras” because they feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing and storing photos straight from the camera. Each of the new cameras also features a Samsung-designed 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and is compatible with all of the NX-series iFunction lenses.
No pricing information is yet available for the new cameras.
Nikon has just announced the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera—the upgrade to 2010′s D3100. The new D3200 features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame (DX-format, they call it) CMOS sensor, where the D3100 had a pixel count of 14.2 million pixels in the same APS-C size sensor. Nikon says that this huge jump in pixel count will not result in noisy images, but rather, “The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.”
The D3200 has an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 12,800. It also features “Guide Mode,” which gives step-by-step photo instructions to people moving into DSLR territory (and the manual controls that come along with it) for the first time. It also shoots full 1080p HD video and features a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen.
It looks like Nikon will still keep the D3100 on the market, selling the D3200 alongside it for $50 more (both kits include an 18-55mm zoom lens). The Nikon D3200 will be available in either black or red in late April for $699.95 with the F-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.
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