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Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix GF2

CES 2011, Las Vegas—The Panasonic Lumix GF2, announced late this fall, is the successor to the GF1 which we were quite impressed with when we reviewed it. The Micro Four Thirds system camera is as lightweight as a compact digicam and shoots with DSLR quality. This new GF2 can now handle ISOs up to 6400 and has a slightly smaller, lighter body than its predecessor. Panasonic has still forgone a viewfinder, which would make this lady happy, though it can be fitted with an optional EVF accessory.I look forward to more time with this sleek little guy.

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Hands-on with Casio TRYX

CES 2011, Las Vegas—Yesterday’s splashiest Casio announcement, the innovative, flexible new TRYX camera, had me excited to get my hands on a model on the CES show floor. The pre-production model—although slightly, expectantly, glitchy—was fun to play with and surprisingly lightweight. The twisty-turny possibilities are essentially endless, allowing you to hold it like a mini camcorder for shooting video or face it toward you for self-portraits, and the touch screen is quick and responsive. The HDR Art mode offers an extra boost to the ubiquitous new feature of built-in HDR capture. I could see the TRYX being a fun pocket cam for casual shooting at parties, and for capturing unique angles when traveling.

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Olympus Announces PEN E-PL2 Interchangeable Lens Camera

CES 2011, Las Vegas— Olympus announced today the fourth generation camera in their compact, interchangeable lens PEN lineup. The PEN E-PL2 follows last year’s PEN E-PL1, with upgrades that include: Live Guide II to preview HD video (720p), a 3-inch 460,000 dot LCD, increased ISO sensitivity and what they are saying is a more ergonomic body design, which we’ll get to check out on the show floor tomorrow. The 12.3-megapixel PEN E-PL2 will be available with the kit MSC M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens for $599.99. Read the full press release below.

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Sony Announces World’s First Digital Still Cameras with Full HD Video Capability and 3D Still Image Capture

CES 2011, Las Vegas—Sony has just announced the world’s first compact digital still cameras with full 1920 x 1080 at 60p High Definition video capability and 3D still image capture. The five new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor Cyber-shot models—DSC-TX100V (image above), DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9—will range from about $220 to $380 in price and will be available in March. See the full press release, and more images, from Sony below.

Sony DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9
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Casio Announces the Innovative New TRYX

CES, Las Vegas: Casio has just announced a new and innovative digital camera—the TRYX. Available in April for $249.99, the TRYX catches your attention first because of its distinctive design, which is unlike anything the digital camera sphere has seen before (it looks more like a smart phone at first glance), and of which Casio says, “Thanks to its super thin (.59-inches thick), variable frame design, TRYX can adapt to fit the user’s preferred shooting style or to help them capture an image from just about any angle or in any environment. Users can hold the camera horizontally, in a traditional point-and-shoot style to capture still images or flip out the rotating, three-inch, touch-screen LCD and swivel the body to experience countless other positions. The frame rotates 360-degrees and can be adjusted so that the body can act as a tripod, allowing TRYX to stand on its own, or the LCD screen can be rotated up to 270-degrees so that users can perfect their own self portrait and see themselves in the frame.”

But what of the image making capabilities, Casio? “In addition to its good looks, the Casio TRYX also boasts an equally impressive feature set.” I see. The camera has a 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, full-HD 1080 video (30fps), Slide Panorama mode to capture 360-degree panoramic images and slow-motion video, and a 21mm ultra-wide-angle lens. Read Casio’s full press release below.

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