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Hands-on with PENTAX Optio RS1500

PENTAX has just announced the Optio RS1500 second generation customizable pocket cam. The 14-megapixel RS1500 features a 3-inch LCD, a wide 4x optical zoom lens (27.5-110mm) and a thin, lightweight body. This cosmetically customizable digital camera features a removable PENTAX-original faceplate system, which allows you to match the camera to your unique personality. Choose from ten pre-designed skins, or “download the PENTAX PERSONAL SKIN DESIGNER Adobe Air-based software from www.pentaximaging.com and use the digital designer to import a photo or digital image and save a skin as a PDF for printing on a color printer.”

When I got a sneak peek, hands-on look at the Optio RS1500 at CES earlier this year, I was impressed by the upgrades made to the interchangeable skin system. Rather than requiring a tool to switch out the faceplate, the new camera makes it as simple as possible to customize the camera. With the new screwless design, the skin is secured by the interchangeable lens ring snap (which comes in your choice of either orange or black), that easily pops on and off when you want to customize your digicam. This struck me as a great gift idea, especially given the camera’s budget price for those specs. The PENTAX Optio RS1500 will be available in April for $149.95. See the full press release from PENTAX below.

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PENTAX Announces Stylish New Optio S1

PENTAX has just announced the chic new Optio S1 digital camera. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this stylish little number during CES in January, and was very impressed with not only its looks but its specs, as well as my test shots. The UI of the slim S1 was really intuitive, even with most of the controls are tucked inside the digital menu to eliminate clutter on the sleek camera. The S1 is PENTAX’s first compact digicam to feature built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, and also boasts a nice, wide 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm).

The PENTAX Optio S1 is available for pre-order now on the www.pentaxwebstore.com for $199.95. More information from PENTAX below.

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Olympus Announces GPS Capable TOUGH TG-810

Olympus has just announced the brand new TOUGH TG-810—the latest in Olympus’ TOUGH lineup of  shockproof , waterproof, freezeproof and crushproof cameras. The rugged new TG-810 is equipped with Dual IS, Wi-Fi compatibility “for instant image sharing via an option Eye-Fi Card,” High Definition (720p) video, and 3D still image capture both “in and out of the water.” Additionally, the TG-810 features an Electronic Compass, which “allows you to track your shooting direction in the field”; GPS, which automatically records the location of a photo; and a Manometer, which “measures water and air pressure, enabling you to accurately monitor the depth or altitude of your images.”

Being an Olympus image maker, the TOUGH TG-810 also boasts the manufacturer’s celebrated Magic Art Filters, including: Pop Art, Pin Hole and Fish Eye, among others. Two new art filters are Sparkle and Punk. The TOUGH TG-810 will be available in April for $399.99. More from Olympus below.

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Nikon Announces the 36X Superzoom COOLPIX P500

Nikon has just announced the 36x zoom COOLPIX P500, featuring the longest zoom ever integrated into a COOLPIX camera. The new super-zoom compact is an upgrade to the 26x COOLPIX P100, which we reviewed last year and called “an ideal travel camera.” This new generation obviously breaks the zoom barrier with its wide-angle (22.5mm-810mm) optical Zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens, but also boasts Nikon’s EXPEED C2 dual image processor for enhanced performance and noise reduction, as well as a new shooting mode button that “facilitates quick setting of continuous frame shooting, in addition to the pre shooting cache that starts to snap photos before the button is fully depressed.” I got to handle this camera behind the scenes at CES last month and was excited by the new features, such as full HD (1080p) video capability and the Easy Panorama mode. The P500 will be available for $399.95 in March. See the full press release for the COOLPIX P500, as well as two other superzoom camera announcements, below.

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Nikon Announces COOLPIX P300

Nikon has just announced the COOLPIX P300—a 12.2-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor compact camera that features a wide-angle 4.2x NIKKOR glass lens (24mm-100mm, 35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/1.8—the widest aperture NIKKOR lens ever seen in a Nikon COOLPIX camera. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this camera at CES last month, and was very intrigued by its professional look and feel and impressed with results of test shots, particularly when taking advantage of that wide aperture. The camera features full manual controls, ISO sensitivity up to 3200, shoots full HD (1080p) video, and has a high resolution 921,000-dot 3-inch LCD screen—the same featured on Nikon’s flagship D3x DSLR. The P300 will be available for $329.95 in March. See the full press release below.

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