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Olympus Announces GPS Capable TOUGH TG-810

Olympus has just announced the brand new TOUGH TG-810—the latest in Olympus’ TOUGH lineup of  shockproof , waterproof, freezeproof and crushproof cameras. The rugged new TG-810 is equipped with Dual IS, Wi-Fi compatibility “for instant image sharing via an option Eye-Fi Card,” High Definition (720p) video, and 3D still image capture both “in and out of the water.” Additionally, the TG-810 features an Electronic Compass, which “allows you to track your shooting direction in the field”; GPS, which automatically records the location of a photo; and a Manometer, which “measures water and air pressure, enabling you to accurately monitor the depth or altitude of your images.”

Being an Olympus image maker, the TOUGH TG-810 also boasts the manufacturer’s celebrated Magic Art Filters, including: Pop Art, Pin Hole and Fish Eye, among others. Two new art filters are Sparkle and Punk. The TOUGH TG-810 will be available in April for $399.99. More from Olympus below.

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Nikon Announces the 36X Superzoom COOLPIX P500

Nikon has just announced the 36x zoom COOLPIX P500, featuring the longest zoom ever integrated into a COOLPIX camera. The new super-zoom compact is an upgrade to the 26x COOLPIX P100, which we reviewed last year and called “an ideal travel camera.” This new generation obviously breaks the zoom barrier with its wide-angle (22.5mm-810mm) optical Zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens, but also boasts Nikon’s EXPEED C2 dual image processor for enhanced performance and noise reduction, as well as a new shooting mode button that “facilitates quick setting of continuous frame shooting, in addition to the pre shooting cache that starts to snap photos before the button is fully depressed.” I got to handle this camera behind the scenes at CES last month and was excited by the new features, such as full HD (1080p) video capability and the Easy Panorama mode. The P500 will be available for $399.95 in March. See the full press release for the COOLPIX P500, as well as two other superzoom camera announcements, below.

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Nikon Announces COOLPIX P300

Nikon has just announced the COOLPIX P300—a 12.2-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor compact camera that features a wide-angle 4.2x NIKKOR glass lens (24mm-100mm, 35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/1.8—the widest aperture NIKKOR lens ever seen in a Nikon COOLPIX camera. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this camera at CES last month, and was very intrigued by its professional look and feel and impressed with results of test shots, particularly when taking advantage of that wide aperture. The camera features full manual controls, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, shoots full HD (1080p) video, and has a high resolution 921,000-dot 3-inch LCD screen—the same featured on Nikon’s flagship D3x DSLR. The P300 will be available for $329.95 in March. See the full press release below.

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Canon’s New Digital Rebels: EOS T3i and T3

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Samsung Announces Five New Digital Cameras

Samsung today announced five new compact digital cameras—the ST30, ST6500, ST95, ST90 and ST65. The 16-megapixel, 5x zoom ST6500 (pictured above) continues with its predecessor (the compact ST5000)’s ergonomic, angled design, and also features a wide 3-inch LCD touch screen and a built-in image editing and creative shooting tool suite that includes Magic Frame and Smart Filter 2.0. Available in March for $229, the ST6500 is the highest priced of the newly launched point-and-shoots. The 10MP ST30 will be available in March for $99.99, and the 16MP ST95, 14MP ST90 and 14MP ST65 will be out in February for $199.99, $149.99 and $129.99, respectively. More from Samsung below:

Samsung ST30, ST95, ST90 and ST65
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