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{ Tuesday, January 10, 2012 }
 

Samsung's new trio of Wi-Fi cameras

Here are a couple of Samsung cameras that I didn't get a chance to mention yesterday. All three of these models are equipped with big zoom lenses -- and Wi-Fi. The top-end model also features a GPS and "Live Landmark" feature (which lets you download maps and info on the go), making it quite the travel camera.

As is usually the case with Samsung cameras, I have virtually no information about these cameras. Here's what I can tell you:

Samsung ST200F

  • 16.0 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.1-5.6, 10X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 27 - 270 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, for sharing photos on Facebook/YouTube/etc, or uploading to free cloud storage from Samsung and Microsoft; users can also automatically back up photos to their PC wirelessly
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Live (sweep) Panorama feature
  • Motion Photo lets "one element of a normal photograph come to life and keep moving while the rest of the frame stays still"
  • Records video at 720p with sound
  • Price, availability TBA

Samsung WB150F - changes:

  • 14.2 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.2-5.8, 18X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24 - 432 mm
  • Full manual controls

Samsung WB850F - changes:

  • 16.2 Megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • F2.8-5.9, 21X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 23 - 483 mm
  • Built-in GPS with compass; users can download maps and the camera can point you toward landmarks
  • 3-inch AMOLED display
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p or 1080/60i with stereo sound
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Samsung ST66 / ST76 entry-level cameras

The other two Samsung cameras from yesterday are entry-level models that will apparently "deliver flawless images", according to the press release. Unfortunately, the press release doesn't give you any useful specs, nor does it differentiate between the two models! Here's what I was able to dig up:

Samsung ST66

  • 16 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.5-6.3, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 125 mm
  • 2.7" LCD display (I think)
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Smart Auto mode
  • Plenty of special effects, plus Live Panorama mode
  • 720p video recording
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Price, availability TBA

Samsung ST76

  • Optical image stabilization (I think)
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{ Monday, January 9, 2012 }
 

Olympus releases SP-620UZ and SZ-12 ultra zooms

Olympus is announcing five new cameras at CES, and I'm going to split them into three news items. First, let's start with ultra zooms. Surprisingly, it's the smaller of the two cameras which has the most powerful lens!

SP-620UZ [specs to come]

  • 16 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.1-5.8, 21X optical zoom, equivalent to 25 - 525 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting iAuto mode
  • Numerous "Magic Filters" (special effects)
  • In-camera panorama stitching and 3D still capability
  • Scary-sounding Beauty Make-up Mode lets you "apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and rouge" and "even lift cheekbones"
  • Records 720p video with sound using the H.264 codec
  • Unknown amount of onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries; battery life not available
  • Available in silver and black
  • Shipping this month for $199

SZ-12 [specs to come] - changes:

  • 14 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.0-6.9 (!), 24X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 - 600 mm
  • 3-inch LCD has 460,000 pixels
  • Continuous shooting at 7 frames/sec (at what resolution, I don't know)
  • Ultra-compact aluminum body, comes in silver, black and red
  • Uses NB-50B lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Ships in March for $199
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Olympus offers new rugged camera for budget-minded adventurers

Next up is Olympus' newest rugged camera, the low-priced TG-320:

TG-320 [specs to come]

  • 14 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.5-5.1, 3.6X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 102 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Rugged body is waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with iAuto mode
  • Plenty of Magic Filters, plus 3D still capability
  • Records 720p video with sound using the H.264 codec
  • Unknown amount of onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses LI-42B li-ion battery, 150 shots per charge (I think)
  • Available in red and blue
  • Coming in February for $179
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Olympus VG-160 / VR-340 budget cameras

The last Olympus cameras for today are two entry-level models: the VG-160 and VR-340. After these bullet points, my fingers have the rest of the day off!

VG-160 [specs to come]

  • 14 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-6.5, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26 - 130 mm
  • Ultra-compact body, comes in silver, black, red, and orange
  • 3-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation with iAuto mode
  • Plenty of Magic Filters, including a new "punk" mode!
  • Records 720p video with sound using Motion JPEG codec
  • 49MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses the LI-70B li-ion battery, 160 shots per charge
  • Shipping next month for $99

VR-340 [specs to come]

  • 16 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.0-5.7, 10X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24 - 240 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD has 460,000 pixels
  • Beauty Make-up Mode!
  • Support for SDXC cards (I'm not sure how much internal memory this one has)
  • Uses LI-50B li-ion battery; battery life not available
  • Available in white, silver, black, purple, and red
  • Ships in March for $149
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Sony intros three entry-level Cyber-shots

Sony is announcing a trio of entry-level cameras at CES, as well. They include:

Cyber-shot DSC-W610 [specs to come]

  • 14.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-5.9, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26 - 105 mm
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting Intelligent Auto mode
  • New 360 degree Sweep Panorama feature
  • VGA movie mode
  • 21MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Pro Duo / SD card slot
  • Uses NP-BN1 lithium-ion battery, 250 shots per charge
  • Comes in silver, black, pink, green, and blue
  • Available this month for $110

Cyber-shot DSC-W620 [specs to come] - changes:

  • F3.2-6.5, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • Four Picture Effects: toy camera, partial color, pop color, and soft high key
  • 720p movie mode using M-JPEG codec
  • 28MB onboard memory
  • 220 shots per charge
  • Available in silver, black, and red
  • Ships next month for $120

Cyber-shot DSC-W650 [specs to come] - changes:

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.6-6.3, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent 25 - 125 mm; unlike the previous models, this lens carries the Carl Zeiss label
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Uses MPEG-4 codec for movies
  • 27MB onboard memory
  • Ships next month for $250
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Fujifilm announces X-Pro1 interchangeable lens camera

Fujifilm today took the wraps off of their first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera: the X-Pro1. This camera uses a 16 Megapixel, APS-C-size CMOS sensor and new Fuji X-mount lenses, and features in enhanced version of the hybrid viewfinder that debuted on the X100. Sorry for the delay getting this up -- the info was not predisclosed (despite all the leaks) and I had family business right when the press release came out! Enough blabbering, here we go:

Fuji X-Pro1 [specs to come]

  • 16.3 Megapixel, APS-C-size X-Trans CMOS sensor
    • New sensor design enhances randomness in the pixel array arrangement, reduces moire and false colors, without the need for a low-pass filter
    • Ultrasonic dust removal system
  • New EXR Processor Pro handles the image processing
  • Uses new Fuji X-mount, which has a 17.7 mm flange back distance; the crop factor is 1.5X
    • Three lenses will be available at launch: F2.0, 18 mm / F1.4, 35 mm / F2.4, 60 mm macro
    • Apparently nine more lenses are coming over the next three years
  • Retro design, with magnesium alloy construction; has dials for exposure compensation and shutter speed
  • Hybrid viewfinder can be optical (with data overlaid) or fully electronic
    • Viewfinder magnification changes automatically when a lens is attached
    • OVF has 90% coverage and magnifications of 0.37X or 0.6X
    • EVF resolution is 1.44 million dots, with 100% frame coverage
  • 3-inch LCD display with a whopping 1.23 million pixels
  • Full manual controls, with RAW format support (of course)
    • ISO range of 200 - 6400, expandable to 100 - 25600
    • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/4000 sec, plus bulb mode
  • Continuous shooting at 6 frames/sec
  • Enhanced Film Simulation mode now has Pro Color Negative modes as well as monochrome filters
  • Four types of bracketing: exposure, Film Simulation mode, Dynamic Range, and ISO sensitivity
  • Hot shoe for external flash
  • Records Full HD video (1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps) with stereo sound, using the H.264 codec
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Uses NP-W126 lithium-ion battery, 300 shots per charge
  • Optional accessories include a hand grip, aperture ring, metal lens good, filters, and a leather case
  • Shipping next month; unconfirmed price is $1700 body only

More details can be found in the press release. I'm going to see if I can dig up some more product photos in the meantime.

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Slim Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 / DMC-SZ7 ultra zooms announced

Panasonic has several new cameras being introduced at CES, and the first ones that I'm going to talk about are in the new SZ-series of compact ultra zooms. Here are the details:

Lumix DMC-SZ1 [specs to come]

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F3.1-5.9, 10X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 27 - 270 mm
  • Optical image stabilization (of the Mega OIS variety)
  • Ultra-compact body (less than 1-inch thick), comes in black, silver, red, and blue
  • 3-inch LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Intelligent Auto mode
  • Plenty of special effects, including new miniature effect and panorama shot modes
  • Records 720p video at 30 frames/second using the MPEG-4 codec
  • 70MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • 250 shots per charge using included lithium-ion battery; battery is charged internally via the USB connector (new for Panasonic cameras)
  • Price and availability TBA

Lumix DMC-SZ7 [specs to come] - changes:

  • 14.1 Megapixel MOS sensor
  • 3-inch LCD has 460,000 pixels
  • HDR, Handheld Nightshot, Motion Deblur, and 3D photo features
  • Shoots at 10 frames/second (for only four photos, though)
  • Records Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 / 60i (sensor output is 30p) with stereo sound, using the AVCHD codec
  • 220 shots per charge
  • Only available in black
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 / DMC-FH8 inexpensive compacts

Next are two models in the Lumix FH-series, which lean more toward the entry-level end of the camera spectrum. Their specs:

Lumix DMC-FH6 [specs to come]

  • 14.1 Megapixel CCD
  • F2.5-6.4, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24 - 120 mm
  • Optical image stabilization (Mega OIS)
  • 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with Intelligent Auto mode
  • In-camera panorama stitching
  • Records 720p video using Motion JPEG codec
  • 70MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • 280 shots per charge with included lithium-ion battery; battery is charged internally
  • Available in black
  • Price, availability TBA

Lumix DMC-FH8 [specs to come] - changes:

  • 16.1 Megapixel CCD
  • 3-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • 260 shots per charge
  • Available in silver, black, red, and violet
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