Posts Tagged ‘point-and-shoot’

Samsung Announces DualView DV300F WiFi Camera

Samsung‘s DualView camera lineup has been increasingly gaining in popularity over the past couple of years (see DP’s review of the DualView TL225 here), due in large part to the namesake feature: the dual (front and back) LCD screens. Like its predecessors, the newly announced Samsung DV300F features a 1.5-inch front LCD that allows you to see a live view of what the lens sees, in order to get a perfectly framed self-portrait or couples’ travel shot. What at first seemed like a gimmick for the Facebook era narcissist in us all, the DualView has quickly been embraced as a convenient staple point-and-shoot feature.

Much the same, consumers who are used to the immediacy of sharing the images they capture on smart phones have come to expect the same sharing capabilities from digital cameras. Reacting to that consumer demand, the Samsung DV300F is the first DualView model to offer WiFi connectivity. “The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables users to email their images or upload them to social media sites including Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. In addition, images saved onto the camera’s microSD memory card, can be saved to a home PC without wires, by using the Auto PC Backup function. Cloud services, including Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft SkyDrive, allows users to store and share their precious pictures from anywhere,” according to Samsung.

The 16-megapixel CCD sensor Samsung DV300F will be available in March for an estimated $199.

(via Samsung)

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Hands-on with Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS and ELPH 310 HS

images © Lynne Eodice for Digital Photographer

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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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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Sony Announces Cyber-shot TX55 Touchscreen Compact

 

 

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot TX55 point-and-shoot with a 3.3-inch wide angle touchscreen, 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and “amazing 3D image” capture. The TX55 also features something that Sony is calling “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology, which “boosts the cameras’ [5x] zoom range to a virtual 10x without losing quality at the image sensor’s maximum resolution.” The camera also comes packed with a “Picture Effect” mode, which sounds similar to the creative art filters we’ve seen in many other manufacturers’ models, with options like: HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 will be available for an estimated $350.00 in September. See the press release from Sony below.

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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]

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