Cameras

Sony Announces New Flash Memory Camcorders

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Breaking news this minute:  Sony has just announced their brand new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam® camcorders, which capture full 1920 x 1080 High Definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode). Check out more info from Sony after the jump…

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Pentax Announces Optio W-80

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Breaking news this minute: PENTAX has just announced their brand new, most shock and waterproof digital camera ever, the Optio W-80. It seems the summer’s big test for compact camera shoppers is to find out just how fill-in-the-blank proof a camera is. And now PENTAX is offering a strong competitor to the market with the W-80, which can withstand impact from a fall of more than three feet (perfect, since your child will likely drop it at Walley World a few times), and is waterproof to withstand depths of up to sixteen feet (for when the adults ditch said child on the shore and go scuba diving on yet another summer vacation).

The slim, one-inched body camera also boasts 12.1 Megapixels, a 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-140mm), a wide angle 28mm lens, a Super Protect coating applied to the zoom lens’ mineral crystal cover, a 2.5-inch LCD with anti-reflective coating, widescreen HD movie capture (1280 x 720pixels @ 30fps), Fast Face Detection Technology (sees up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pixel Track Shake Reduction, and  Super Macro Mode.

The Optio W-80 will be available in July for $299.95

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Pentax Announces K-7 D-SLR

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Breaking news this morning: PENTAX has just announced their brand new flagship D-SLR, the K-7. The manufacturer is already calling the compact, 14.6 Megapixel, weather, dust and cold resistant camera their “most powerful PENTAX ever.” Ideal for shooting fast action, the D-SLR features the new PRIME II Image processing engine, which allows for  5.2 frames per second and low-noise image processing, and a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. The 921,000 dot resolution 3-inch LCD features Live View mode, and the camera also boasts a 100% field-of-view viewfinder (with 0.92X magnification).

With the K-7, PENTAX is joining the ranks of Nikon by introducing a powerful, compact D-SLR that offers High Definition movie capture. HD movie mode features adjustable quality settings and aperture control, as well as Shake Reduction, and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound, and high resolution playback (HDMI port with selectable output resolution: 1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto).

Body only, the K-7 will retail for $1,299.95.

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Olympus Announces E-450

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Following the announcements earlier this year of their E-30 and E-620 D-SLRs, Olympus announced today the brand new E-450 (available July 2009). The 450 is a portable, entry-level D-SLR, and the next generation in their 400 lineup. Like the 620 and 30, the E-450 comes stocked with Art Filters (though only the three most popular: Pop Art, Pinhole and Soft Focus) and LiveView, which they are really pushing as creative tools that set their equipment apart from that of most of their competitors. To further promote their Art Filters, Olympus gave ten University of the Arts students in Philadelphia the chance to play with the art filters. The video is actually quite cute and maybe even a bit inspiring. Read more about the new Olympus E-450 after the jump…

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3 New Panasonic Point-and-Shoots That I Like

Panasonic has announced a lot of new products at PMA, but besides the Lumix GH1, which I already gushed over here, these three compact cameras were what really caught my eye. I mentioned a few of them in January when they were first announced, but now I’ve had my hands on them.

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