Posts Tagged ‘entry-level’

Sony Announces Two New Alpha Series D-SLRs

Sony has announced two new a(Alpha) D-SLRs: the a290 and the a390. Both 14.2MP cameras are  regarded as entry-level or first-time D-SLRs because of affordability (Sony is calling the a290 “the most affordable new DSLR from Sony”—though they have not released official pricing. However, CNET.com reports that the a290 18-55mm kit will cost $499.99 and the a390 will be a hundred dollars more)—and because of the intuitive interface and features that they offer. Sony says, “Both cameras offer the speedy shooting responses that are prized by DSLR users. The α390 adds the extra benefit of Quick AF Live View.” The a290 and a390 will be available this summer. See the press release below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Olympus Announces E-450

olympuse-450

Following the announcements earlier this year of their E-30 and E-620 D-SLRs, Olympus announced today the brand new E-450 (available July 2009). The 450 is a portable, entry-level D-SLR, and the next generation in their 400 lineup. Like the 620 and 30, the E-450 comes stocked with Art Filters (though only the three most popular: Pop Art, Pinhole and Soft Focus) and LiveView, which they are really pushing as creative tools that set their equipment apart from that of most of their competitors. To further promote their Art Filters, Olympus gave ten University of the Arts students in Philadelphia the chance to play with the art filters. The video is actually quite cute and maybe even a bit inspiring. Read more about the new Olympus E-450 after the jump…

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

CES Day One

After a whirlwind opening day at CES, I have reports on brand new products from Sony, DXG, Digital Foci, HP, iomega and an up close look at a revolutionary Panasonic camera. My favorite product of the day was Sony’s just announced Cybershot G3 point-and-shoot camera. The big deal about it is that it’s the world’s first Wi-Fi enabled camera, so you can immediately upload your photos to a photo sharing site, such as Picasa, rather than making the usual empty promise to a friend about “sending them that picture” right after it is taken at a party, and then never following through. It’s a 10 MP camera with a 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and it comes with complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012. I’m sure you have a million questions about the Wi-Fi access and uploading, as I had for our Sony contact, so I’ll just tell you that they have partnered with a few photo sharing sites, including Picasa, Shutterfly and a few others, but if you prefer a site that they haven’t yet partnered with, like Flickr, you can use the web browser to head straight to that site and upload the same way you can from your computer. The partnered sites just work better because they will fit to the screen. Of course this is all done through touch screen technology with a stylus. They already have plenty of input (from me and others) about who else they should partner with, including Facebook, so they will be upgrading these choices, which will appear to a Cybershot G3 owner periodically.

Read the rest of this entry »

Share