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Canon Announces Three New PowerShot Digital Cameras

Canon has just announced three new PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (which Canon says is “the world’s thinnest digital camera with 12x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens”) and the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS. With these petite digicams, Canon is boasting about the zoom, the low-light capabilities and the high speed burst shooting mode. The 510 HS and 310 HS also record full (1080p) High Definition video, and the SX150 IS features 720p HD video. To combat noise in low-light shots, Canon has introduced the “HS SYSTEM,” which “combines a 12.1-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor to enhance image quality in low-light settings. The HS SYSTEM also reduces noise at high ISO speeds and expands the camera’s dynamic range to allow for greater detail and color when shooting in darker settings” in the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS.

The PowerShot SX150 IS will be available at the beginning of September for an estimated $249.99. The PowerShot ELPH 510 HS will be available at the beginning of October for an estimated $349.99. The PowerShot ELPH 310 HS will be available at the beginning of October for an estimated $259.99. Read the full press release below.

(images via Canon, click to enlarge)

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Lomography Hosts Tori Amos Inspiration Photo Contest

Lomography and renown singer Tori Amos have teamed up to host a photography contest inspired by several worldwide cities, including our very own City of Angels. The Tori Amos Inspiration Competition is accepting entries until August 15th, so get on it! The contest features “exclusives prizes including a Limited Edition TORI Diana F+ camera that you can’t even pick up in the Lomography Online Shop,” according to the contest site. There are also a ton of other opportunities for prizes for winners and runners up. Read all about the competition and prizes at the official contest site. Good luck!

[via LAist, via Lomography] image via Lomography


Olympus Announces SP-810UZ: World’s Longest Zoom in a Compact Camera


Olympus has announced the compact new SP-810UZ digital camera, which they’re billing as a perfect travel camera because of its compact size and powerful zoom range. With a wide 42-864mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and a 36x optical zoom, the SP-810UZ has “the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered,” according to the company’s product manager. It is also “one of the smallest compact cameras currently on the market with a zoom of 36x.” The SP-810UZ will be available in September for an estimated $329.99. See the press release below for more details.

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Samsung Looks into Depth of Field Fix for Compact Cameras

In a recent patent application [here, via Photography Bay], Samsung proposed “a method for performing out-focus of camera having a first lens and a second lens, comprising: photographing a first image with the first lens and photographing a second image with the second lens; extracting depth information of the photographed first image and second image; and performing out-focus on the first image or the second image using the extracted depth information” [via]. Basically, they’re looking into a way to get the kind of shallow DOF results of the DSLR with a compact point-and-shoot. We recently saw that a different technology for the same result is in the works with the Lytro camera.

[Patent via Gizmodo, via Photography Bay, via Wired]


This Is My City: Photo Contest

Chrome has just announced their new Niko Camera Bag, and to celebrate they’ve launched a photo contest—the prize for which is the Niko Camera Bag and a Nikon D3000 DSLR to go inside of it. The deadline is July 25, 2011 so listen close if you want to enter. They are looking for shots that capture something special about your city. “Stories that make up your city are found in the faces, sights, and sounds that are immersed in it. From the recluse to the regulars, everyone carries a piece of its many parts. We’ve all got that favorite record store, little-known food spot, bicycle shortcut, or local hero that makes a city wholly ours,” says Chrome. So go ahead and capture your own shot for the chance to win. More info on how to enter can be found at the official This Is My City: Photo Contest site.

image via Chrome

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