Posts Tagged ‘point-and-shoot’

Samsung Announces Two New Cameras

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Samsung has announced two new additions to their SL line of compact digital cameras–the SL720 and SL50. Both cameras boast 12.2MP and 5x optical zoom. The SL720 has a 28mm wide‑angle lens and Dual Image Stabilization, and the SL502 offers a standard 35mm lens and Digital Image Stabilization. More on both cameras after the jump…

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Pentax Announces Optio W-80

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Breaking news this minute: PENTAX has just announced their brand new, most shock and waterproof digital camera ever, the Optio W-80. It seems the summer’s big test for compact camera shoppers is to find out just how fill-in-the-blank proof a camera is. And now PENTAX is offering a strong competitor to the market with the W-80, which can withstand impact from a fall of more than three feet (perfect, since your child will likely drop it at Walley World a few times), and is waterproof to withstand depths of up to sixteen feet (for when the adults ditch said child on the shore and go scuba diving on yet another summer vacation).

The slim, one-inched body camera also boasts 12.1 Megapixels, a 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-140mm), a wide angle 28mm lens, a Super Protect coating applied to the zoom lens’ mineral crystal cover, a 2.5-inch LCD with anti-reflective coating, widescreen HD movie capture (1280 x 720pixels @ 30fps), Fast Face Detection Technology (sees up to 32 faces in 0.03 seconds), Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Pixel Track Shake Reduction, and  Super Macro Mode.

The Optio W-80 will be available in July for $299.95

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3 New Panasonic Point-and-Shoots That I Like

Panasonic has announced a lot of new products at PMA, but besides the Lumix GH1, which I already gushed over here, these three compact cameras were what really caught my eye. I mentioned a few of them in January when they were first announced, but now I’ve had my hands on them.

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CES Day Two

Day two at CES brought news of even more exciting products, including new equipment from Olympus, Samsung, Canon, IPEVO and Pentax. Olympus showed us their entire lineup of nine cameras that were just announced here at CES, which will be available for consumers in March. The highlight was the Stylus Tough-8000, which is waterproof up to 33 feet (up to 133 with the separately purchased housing), can withstand being dropped from up to 6.6 feet, will survive being crushed with up to 220 pounds of pressure and is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees. Basically this thing can withstand any Hawaiian diving trip, Aspen snowboarding run, Moab off-road biking excursion, or night out at a bar here in Vegas (which can be just as dangerous as most extreme sports). Another cool feature of the Tough-8000 is the “Tap Control”, which means that if you’re skiing with bulky gloves, you can bypass fumbling awkwardly to try to press the buttons on the camera face and just “tap” the camera on different sides, to mirror the controls from the buttons, getting you to macro mode, playback, etc.

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Yashica Point-and-Shoot

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Raise your hand if you own a Yashica digital camera. Chances are, if you’re here in the States, and own a point-and-shoot as either your primary digicam or as part of your camera arsenal, you have a Canon, a Nikon, or perhaps a Kodak or Casio. At least something that the lay person has heard of. Well, according to Akihabara News, Yashica (read: Exemode) might be where you turn next for your point-and-shoot needs.

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