Posts Tagged ‘Cameras’

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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Canon Announces New Powershot A-series Digital Cameras

CES hasn’t even officially begun and already the announcements are rolling out. Canon has announced four new, affordable, feature-packed A-series digicams: the PowerShot A3300 IS (image above), A2200, A1200 and A800. Of the new lineup, Canon says, “When capturing irreplaceable moments, it is important to use a camera that inspires artistic expression in a simplistic format,” and that’s essentially what they’ve done here. The new A-series cameras come equipped with Creative Filters, including Toy Camera and Monochrome mode; the PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200 and A1200 each have Live View Control and 32 predefined shooting situations within the advanced Smart AUTO feature; the A1200 has an actual Optical View Finder!—and all three of these cameras will retail for under $180. The $109.99 A1200 features 720p HD video, a 12.1-Megapixel CCD sensor, 4x Optical Zoom, a wide angle 28-112mm equivalent lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200, A1200 and A800 will be available beginning early February and into March for $179.99, $139.99, $109.99 and $89.99, respectively. Read the full press release below.

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Digital Photographer’s Casio EX-H15 Camera Giveaway!

UPDATE:
Congratulations to Tim A, the winner of the Casio EX-H15!

You can view the official results page of the giveaway drawing via the third-party site, random.org, here:

http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=4433

Just in time for the holidays, Digital Photographer is giving away a Casio EX-H15 camera to one lucky photographer (a $249.99 value)! Enter now for your chance to win!

About the Casio EX-H15:

An ideal holiday gift, the EX-H15 is perfect for capturing all of your family memories this season. It packs an ultra-wide angle 24mm, 10X optical zoom lens, 3.0” LCD, 14-Megapixels and Dynamic Photo functionality into a compact body. All this and you can take up to 1,000 shots with a single battery charge.

- 14 megapixels

- 3 inch LCD

- Slim, compact camera body (just .96” thin)

- Art Shot Mode

- Ultra-wide angle 24mm, 10X optical zoom lens

- 1,000 shot battery life

Follow Casio camera news on Twitter (twitter.com/casiocameras) and become a fan on Facebook (facebook.com/CasioCameras)!

How to Enter:

Beginning at 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, there are two ways to enter the giveaway. You may do either or both (one time each). In order to be entered to win, you must follow the instructions correctly.

1. Leave a comment on this post telling us what you like about the Casio EX-H15.

2. Leave a separate comment with a direct link to your tweet about the DP giveaway.

Here’s a suggested tweet, but you can be creative: Win a Casio EX-H15 camera  from Digital Photographer! http://bit.ly/gQkaKp (or re-tweet one of DP’s tweets about the giveaway: twitter.com/digiphotomag).

Please note that if you choose to enter using both methods, you need to post two separate comments on this post (one comment for method #1 and one comment for method #2). The two entries cannot be combined in one blog comment.

A winner will be chosen at random—via random.org.

Good luck!

Rules:

No purchase required to enter. Winner of the giveaway will be awarded a Casio EX-H15 camera  with an estimated retail value of $249.99 dollars. Giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents 18 or older residing in the 50 United States (includes DC). Void where prohibited. Employees (and their immediate families and households) of JMillerMedia are not eligible. Digital Photographer giveaway winners from the past six months are not eligible. Giveaway entries will be accepted until Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific Time. Winning entry must provide a valid email address (Digital Photographer will never sell or rent your email to third parties). We will notify the winner by email on or before Thursday, December 16, 2010. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to us with their name and valid U.S. mailing address. If this information is not received within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sponsors: Digital Photographer and Casio

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Digital Photographer’s Pentax K-x DSLR Giveaway!

UPDATE:
Congratulations to Dianne, the winner of the PENTAX K-x DSLR!

You can view the official results page of the giveaway drawing via the third-party site, random.org, here:
http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=3650

Digital Photographer is giving away a chocolate PENTAX K-x D-SLR camera kit with DA L 18-55 lens to one lucky photographer (a $649.95 value). Enter now for your chance to win!

About the PENTAX K-x:

Choose a camera that redefines the entry-level digital SLR category. The PENTAX K-x offers high-end features including Live View, HD video and photographic performance that challenges higher class models. For more information see DP’s review of the PENTAX K-x here.

- 12.4 megapixel

- 2.7 inch LCD

- Widescreen HD 720p video at 24 FPS

- Fast 4.7 FPS capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds

- PENTAX PRIME II image processing engine

- Creative Processing and Filter Modes

- HDR Image Capture

How to Enter:

Beginning at 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, there are two ways to enter the giveaway. You may do either or both (one time each).

1. Leave a comment on this post telling us what you like about the PENTAX K-x.

2. Spread the word about our giveaway on Twitter. Here’s a suggested tweet, but you can be creative: Win a PENTAX K-x DSLR camera  from Digital Photographer! http://bit.ly/dDdCwR (or re-tweet one of DP’s tweets about the giveaway: twitter.com/digiphotomag).
In order for your tweet to count as an entry, you must then leave a comment on this post with a direct link to your tweet.

Please note that if you choose to enter using both methods, you need to post two separate comments on this post (one comment for method #1 and one comment for method #2).

A winner will be chosen at random—via random.org.

Rules:

No purchase required to enter. Winner of the giveaway will be awarded a Chocolate PENTAX K-x DSLR camera  with an estimated retail value of $649.95 dollars. Giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents 18 or older residing in the 50 United States (includes DC). Void where prohibited. Employees (and their immediate families and households) of JMillerMedia are not eligible. Digital Photographer giveaway winners from the past six months are not eligible. Giveaway entries will be accepted until Wednesday, October 27 at 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific Time. Winning entry must provide a valid email address (Digital Photographer will never sell or rent your email to third parties). We will notify the winner by email on or before Thursday, October 28, 2010. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to us with their name and valid U.S. mailing address. If this information is not received within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sponsor: Digital Photographer

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Compact Superzoom: Nikon COOLPIX P100 Review

Nikon COOLPIX P100
Text and Images by Allison Gibson

Compact Superzoom

The Nikon COOLPIX P100 may just be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re in the market for a fun, high-end, compact superzoom with impressive image quality, the ability to shoot high-speed full resolution stills at 10 frames per second (fps) and full High Definition (1080p) movie recording. The 10-Megapixel P100 has a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 26x optical wide-angle zoom lens—and its sturdy body feels professional in-hand yet much lighter than any entry-level D-SLR. With a host of specialty shooting modes as well as full manual control, the P100 is aimed at the amateur enthusiast crowd, and could be a good option even as a back-up camera for a pro.

Nikon COOLPIX P100
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UI & Design

The COOLPIX P100 has a solid, professional-looking body, which like most cameras in its class imitates the design and feel of a small D-SLR. The handgrip is deep and coated with a rubberized texture for maximum comfort and one-handed shooting control. Your finger naturally hits the shutter release up front and the thumb rests on another small textured pad in the back, within reach of surrounding controls. The electronic viewfinder juts out far enough from the back of the camera that you’re not forced to smash your cheek against the display screen below it, and is encased in smooth plastic for comfort.

The 3-inch high resolution (460,000-dot) vari-angle LCD pulls out from the back of the camera and tilts up and down, allowing you to more easily get shots in unique shooting situations. This comes in handy at a place like a concert, when you would normally just hold the camera up above the crowd and blindly snap away, hoping you were aimed at the stage rather than the ceiling or the tops of the audience’s heads. It worked great for me when shooting ornate cathedral ceilings in Italy, and also for capturing the carpet of pigeons that lined the ground in Venice’s Saint Mark’s Square. Although the vari-angle LCD offered me this extra freedom when shooting, I would have preferred if it hinged sideways as well—like, say, the Canon G11’s LCD—because that allows for so many more options, such as taking self portraits and shooting around corners.

Performance

The P100 was an ideal travel camera because of its superzoom capabilities and compact size. With the wide-angle (26mm) lens I was able to capture sweeping views of ancient cities, and with the telephoto range (678mm) I could close in on far-away objects from the same location. F/4.6 is not that wide an aperture, but I was able to capture vivid, selective focus photos of exotic foods and wares in markets.

Nikon COOLPIX P100: wide-angle, telephoto, Auto WB, Active D-Lighting
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Under normal daylight conditions, the P100 did pretty well. I could capture sharp and accurately-colored (in Auto White Balance mode) images that make for crisp prints at modest sizes—which typical travelers would probably choose to print at. In high contrast conditions, there was a loss of initial detail, however. This is where Nikon’s Active D-Lighting function came in handy, darkening blown-out highlights and lightening up dark shadowed areas a bit.

Under indoor incandescent lighting, the Auto and Incandescent WB settings tended toward the warm side , so it was best to kick into Manual there. At ISO 160-400 detail held up impressively, but then noise began to sneak in going past that range, and definitely past 800. This isn’t all that shocking—or frustrating—for a compact of this class though.

Conclusion

The COOLPIX P100 was a fun travel companion and satisfied the needs of a traveler who was constantly moving from place to place, and who did not want to be weighed down by heavy equipment, nor the need to constantly swap out lenses. With this compact superzoom, I was able to capture a much wider diversity of shots than those of my travel companions who used smaller point-and-shoots. And yet, just like them, I could also slip the P100 into my small shoulder bag and keep it concealed in crowded subway cars or in sparsely populated neighborhoods at night. The handling of the camera was really nice and intuitive and the overall image quality was good for the scale of printing output that most enthusiast photographers would probably need. The standout feature of the P100, for my travel purposes, was its ultrazoom capability and the creative freedom that it offered. It is a diverse and portable compact camera that has more than a few impressive tricks up its sleeve.

Nikon COOLPIX P100

  • MSRP:
  • $399.95
  • Size/Weight:
  • 4.5”W x 3.3”H x 3.9”D; 12.5 oz.
  • Image Sensor:
  • 10.3-megapixels, CMOS
  • Lens zoom:
  • 26x
  • Memory:
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card, 43MB internal
  • Display:
  • 3-inch (460,000 pixels) Vari-angle TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • Video Recording Mode:
  • Full HD: 1920 x 1080p / 30fps; HD: 1280 x 720p / 30fps; Standard TV: 640 x 480 / 30fps; Small Size: 320 x 240 / 30fps; HS movie: (slow motion) 320 x 240 / 240 fps, 640 x 480 / 120fps, 1280 x 720 / 60 fps ; HS movie: (fast motion) 1920 x 1080 / 15fps; in MPEG-4 AVC H.264
  • ISO Equivalent:
  • Auto/160/200/400/800/1600/3200
  • Power Source:
  • EN-EL5: 250shots
  • Contact:
  • www.nikonusa.com
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