Samsung announced today that their new EX2F Wi-Fi enabled Smart camera is now available nationwide for $499.99 ($50 less than the anticipated retail price when the camera was announced in early September). The compact EX2F offers full manual control, an f/1.4 24mm wide-angle lens, a 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, and a 3-inch Swivel AMOLED display. With Wi-Fi connectivity, photographers can instantly share their shots via email or social networking directly from the camera. Users can also use the Remote Viewfinder app to frame shots on a smartphone or tablet’s screen.
Canon announced today two new compact superzoom cameras—the PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS. The 16-megapixel SX500 features a 30x optical zoom 24-720mm lens and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor (the same processor in the EOS 5D Mark II). It also has a 3-inch LCD with Canon’s “Zoom Framing Assist” feature, which helps you keep track of your subject after zooming in.
The SX160 features the same image sensor and processor as the SX500 and has a 16x 28-448mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are expected to be available in September for $329.99 (SX500) and $229.99 (SX160).
The latest offering in Canon‘s prosumer PowerShot G series is the new G1 X. Announced today—the first official day of CES—the G1 X features a 1.5-inch 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor (compared to the G12‘s 1/1.7-inch 10MP CCD sensor) as well as Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor. It also boasts an ISO range of up to 12800 for low-light capture and an f/2.8-f/16 4x optical zoom lens. With a price tag of $800, the G1 X costs as much, if not more, than an entry-level Canon DSLR, which might turn off those photographers who are shopping around for a next level camera to step up their image quality and feature set from a compact point-and-shoot, especially if they’re looking to get into a system with interchangeable lenses. However, the Canon G series has for more than a decade now been a favorite everywhere camera for professional and enthusiast shutterbugs when they need to reach for a more portable option that will still make great images.
The Canon G1 X will be available for $799.99 in February.
During the IFA show in Berlin in August, we reported that Panasonic had developed a twin-lens 3D digital camera. And now they’ve announced its concrete existence. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 features two newly developed 25mm wide angle 4x optical zoom lenses with “folded optics design,” which have the capability of capturing 8-megapixel 3D still images and 1920×1080 3D HD video. “Additionally, the two-lens design allows users to record photo or video in different angles of view simultaneously,” according to the manufacturer. The 3D1 also gives you the option to shoot 12MP 2D still images and 2D full HD video.
The Lumix 3D1 will be available for a suggested price of $499 in December. More from Panasonic below.
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Last week we reported on Canon’s three new PowerShot digital cameras. DP reporter Lynne Eodice was able to get a hands-on look at the new models on the show floor at IFA Berlin.
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