Posts Tagged ‘announcements’

Panasonic Announces Lumix GH1

Panasonic has announced the next generation of the Lumix G line– the Lumix GH1. The brand new Lumix GH1 comes right on the heels of the G1–the world’s first Micro Four-Thirds interchangable lens digital camera– as the G1 was just announced at CES and has only now become available to consumers. The GH1 really only differs from the G1 in that it can shoot HD video at full 1080p, has a stereo mic and employs Panasonic’s popular Continuous Image Stabilization technology. It also utilizes the Intelligent Auto (IA) technology found in the G1 and in Panasonic’s lineup of Lumix point-and-shoots, wherein Panasonic encourages users to “set it and forget it”. Both generations of the Lumix G line are ideal for a photographer who wants much more features and freedom than are typically available in a point-and-shoot, yet may not be ready for, or have the necessity for, a D-SLR. Pricing and availability will be announced soon, though they are hoping to see it released mid-summer.

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Samsung Announces NX Series Hybrid Camera (Kind of)

Hand-crafted mock-ups of Samsung‘s big PMA announcement– the inaugural NX Series “Hybrid” digital camera– sat on display behind thick glass today at their booth, as we were told vague details about this product that won’t be available until the second half of 2009. The NX (and the entire series to follow) are considered “hybrid” because they utilize technology specific to both D-SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. On the D-SLR side, the NX will employ an APS C sized image sensor, though it will not feature a mirror box, like D-SLRs. This is the first big step in Samsung’s focus being heavily tilted towards what they’re calling the “hybrid digital camera market”.

Also mentioned was their new TL320 compact camera, which Samsung thinks will probably be their best selling camera this year. It looks neat with retro themed dials, and also comes packed with features, like 12MP, a 24mm Wide Angle Schneider lens, 5x optical zoom, a 3-inch OLED screen, 720p HD video at 30fps and optical image stabilization– all for $379.

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Sony Announces DMC-HX1

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Tonight at the Sony Open House, they announced their brand new flagship Cyber Shot camera, and it didn’t disappoint. While they continued to woo us at the press conference with fancy videos and a guy who juggles glass bottles (he might have done something else, but the guy in front of me blocked my view most of the time), they had me at “Sweep Panorama mode”. Read all about the HX1 after the jump…

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Panasonic Announces New Cameras

Today Panasonic announced six new cameras that have been added to its lineup. Let’s have a look at these slim new cameras.

The new Lumix DMC-FX580 jumps on the touchscreen bandwagon to the delight of many of us who have already forgotten how to click real buttons thanks to the iPhone and many new point-and-shoot cameras. The DMC-FX580 is the update to the DMC-FX500, and increases recording image size from 10 to 15MP, as well as boasting a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC lens with F2.8 brightness and a 5x optical zoom.

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CES Day Two

Day two at CES brought news of even more exciting products, including new equipment from Olympus, Samsung, Canon, IPEVO and Pentax. Olympus showed us their entire lineup of nine cameras that were just announced here at CES, which will be available for consumers in March. The highlight was the Stylus Tough-8000, which is waterproof up to 33 feet (up to 133 with the separately purchased housing), can withstand being dropped from up to 6.6 feet, will survive being crushed with up to 220 pounds of pressure and is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees. Basically this thing can withstand any Hawaiian diving trip, Aspen snowboarding run, Moab off-road biking excursion, or night out at a bar here in Vegas (which can be just as dangerous as most extreme sports). Another cool feature of the Tough-8000 is the “Tap Control”, which means that if you’re skiing with bulky gloves, you can bypass fumbling awkwardly to try to press the buttons on the camera face and just “tap” the camera on different sides, to mirror the controls from the buttons, getting you to macro mode, playback, etc.

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