Cameras

Canon Announces Three New PowerShot Digital Cameras

Canon has just announced three new PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (which Canon says is “the world’s thinnest digital camera with 12x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens”) and the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS. With these petite digicams, Canon is boasting about the zoom, the low-light capabilities and the high speed burst shooting mode. The 510 HS and 310 HS also record full (1080p) High Definition video, and the SX150 IS features 720p HD video. To combat noise in low-light shots, Canon has introduced the “HS SYSTEM,” which “combines a 12.1-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor to enhance image quality in low-light settings. The HS SYSTEM also reduces noise at high ISO speeds and expands the camera’s dynamic range to allow for greater detail and color when shooting in darker settings” in the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS.

The PowerShot SX150 IS will be available at the beginning of September for an estimated $249.99. The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS will be available at the beginning of October for an estimated $349.99. The PowerShot ELPH 310 HS will be available at the beginning of October for an estimated $259.99. Read the full press release below.

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Olympus Announces SP-810UZ: World’s Longest Zoom in a Compact Camera

 

Olympus has announced the compact new SP-810UZ digital camera, which they’re billing as a perfect travel camera because of its compact size and powerful zoom range. With a wide 42-864mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and a 36x optical zoom, the SP-810UZ has “the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered,” according to the company’s product manager. It is also “one of the smallest compact cameras currently on the market with a zoom of 36x.” The SP-810UZ will be available in September for an estimated $329.99. See the press release below for more details.

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Sony Announces Cyber-shot TX55 Touchscreen Compact

 

 

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot TX55 point-and-shoot with a 3.3-inch wide angle touchscreen, 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and “amazing 3D image” capture. The TX55 also features something that Sony is calling “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology, which “boosts the cameras’ [5x] zoom range to a virtual 10x without losing quality at the image sensor’s maximum resolution.” The camera also comes packed with a “Picture Effect” mode, which sounds similar to the creative art filters we’ve seen in many other manufacturers’ models, with options like: HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 will be available for an estimated $350.00 in September. See the press release from Sony below.

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Samsung Looks into Depth of Field Fix for Compact Cameras

In a recent patent application [here, via Photography Bay], Samsung proposed “a method for performing out-focus of camera having a first lens and a second lens, comprising: photographing a first image with the first lens and photographing a second image with the second lens; extracting depth information of the photographed first image and second image; and performing out-focus on the first image or the second image using the extracted depth information” [via]. Basically, they’re looking into a way to get the kind of shallow DOF results of the DSLR with a compact point-and-shoot. We recently saw that a different technology for the same result is in the works with the Lytro camera.

[Patent via Gizmodo, via Photography Bay, via Wired]

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PENTAX Announces Limited Edition 645D Medium-Format DSLR Kit

 

 

 

 

 

PENTAX has just announced the availability of the limited edition 645D medium-format DSLR camera kit, including a stylish and eye-catching lacquer-finished body, leather strap, body mount cap,center-spot-matte focusing screen and chic wooden box. The 40-megapixel camera, first announced last year, is being called Camera Grand Prix Japan’s “Camera of the Year.” The limited edition 645D will be built-to-order, with a minimum four month delivery period from the date the order is placed.

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