Pentax introduces its 13th generation of rugged waterproof digital camera, the Optio WG-2 and the Optio WG-2 GPS that are the successor to the WG-1. The two new rugged cameras are adventure proof. They are not just waterproof to up to 40 feet (12 meters), but are also shockproof to withstand from drops up to 5 feets, crushproof to withstand weights up to 220 LBF (pound force), coldproof to sub-freezing temperatures of minus 10 degrees C, and dustproof to operate in dusty environments. A tough mineral crystal cover protects internal lens elements and a SP coating helps eater sheet off the optical surface.
The WG-2 and WG-2 GPS are 16 Megapixel cameras with backlit CMOS image sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide angle, and a 3-inch LCD display. The WG-2 GPS includes GPS functionality for tagging photos with positional data, position logging and time syncing when travelling. Pentax’s new rugged cameras have the new Digital Microscope mode that uses 6 macro LEDs and detachable macro focus ring for perfect focus, smooth, even lighting around the smallest of subjects as close as 1 cm from the front of the camera. They also include Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction to deliver blur-free, clear and sharp images and videos. You can also find Face Detection, Smile Capture, Blink Detection, Extended Dynamic range, and the Handheld Night Snap mode that produces a single blur-free, composite image from four images of the same scene
Pentax’s WG-2 and WG-2 GPS supports Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps and offers HDMI output for playback of images and HD videos in HDTVs. They use SD/SDHC/SDXC for storage. The WG-2 will be available in black or vermillion red for $349.95 and the WG-2 GPS in shiny orange and gloss white for $399.95. They will be shipped in March. The new SportMount Chest Harness will be priced at $49.95 USD and should be available late spring or early summer 2012.
Canon’s new G1 X isn’t the company’s only fresh PowerShot; there are also two new ELPH point-and-shoots, the 520 HS and 110 HS, each with sub-$300 price tags. The ELPH 520 HS totes a 10.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS and a 12x optical zoom, while the ELPH 110 HS has a 16-megapixel sensor and a smaller, 5x optical zoom.
The 520 HS supports ISO up to 3200 and 28mm wide-angle shots, along with 1080p Full HD video capture and 6.8fps continuous shooting. The 110 HS, meanwhile, also captures 1080p and has the 3200 ISO range, but manages 5.8fps continuous shooting. Its lens is even wider, 24mm, for fitting more into any one shot.
Each camera has an “Advanced Smart AUTO” mode that picks from 58 different scene presets – including people, landscapes, pets and vehicles – using Face ID to track people in each frame. Interestingly, users can input an age range for up to 12 different people, stored in the camera, and the ELPH duo uses that range to prioritize focus to the youngest person. It’s also possible to search through saved shots of one of those people.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS will arrive in March, in black, silver, red and blue, priced at $299.99. As for the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS, that will drop in February, in black, silver, red, blue, green and pink, priced at $249.99.
Via - slashgear
FujiFilm is transfer the ultra-zoom X-S1 digital camera to the US marketplace. The new camera is armored with a 12 Megapixel EXR CMOS person device message users figure modes of shot depending on the lighting conditions, and there is also Machine EXR norm that the camera instrument micturate the select. It also packs high-speed EXR processor to utter negligible shutter lag, and allows place swiftness incessant shooting of vii fps at afloat papers (Tremendous JPEG) or 10 fps at 6 Megapixel closure (Occupation JPEG).
The X-S1, a long zoom camera, is equipped with a Fujinon 26x optical zoom lens with 24mm wide angle. It includes the Intelligent Digital Zoom technology, boosting the zoom range to 52x (24-1248mm). In addition to a 3-inch rear LCD display with Sunny Day mode, the camera also has a large 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 1.44 million pixels and 26-degree viewing angle. The X-S1 includes PASM modes, Film Similation modes, RAW file support, optical image stabilization, ISO up to 12,800, 360-degree Motion Panorama mode, and 1cm macro shooting.
The FujiFilm X-S1 records 1920x1080p Full HD video with stereo sound at 30fps in H.264 format. It uses SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card and offers HDMI mini output. The camera has a finish with rubberised coating and metal dials. It will be released in January 2012 for $799.95.
We have already heard some rumored specifications on the new Nikon D800, and now the guys over at Nikon Rumors have managed to get their hands on some photos of the D800.
The Nikon D800 is reported to be smaller and lighter than the existing D700 and will apparently come with a 36MP sensor, plus a slightly larger display the the D700 and also better video quality than the D3S.
Other details include auto-focus identical to the D3/D700, plus CF and SD card slots, and it will be able to record video in 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24.
There are no details as yet when the Nikon D800 will be officially announced, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
Source Nikon Rumors
An innovative concept camera design has been created by French designer Charlie Nghiem which has no buttons to navigate its features with but uses a stack of dials positioned on the right hand side to allow you to select the modes and features you would like to use.
When you spin any dial a settings menu appears on the LCD display screen on the back of the camera, providing easy reference and selection. The dial stack also provides an easy visual key so you can easily see exactly which modes you are using at any given time.
Personally I think the dials are a great idea, I have never really liked using tiny buttons to navigate menus on compact cameras and being able to see the selected modes and features at a glance is another bonus.
Unfortunately the Rotor camera is still just a concept at the moment but fingers crossed it might make the jump from concept to production in the near future.
Source: Oh Gizmo
Canon has today announced the launch of two new cameras with the unveiling of the new Powershot S100 created to replace the S95 and the Powershot SX40 HS replacing the Canon SX30.
The Canon SX40 HS is equipped with 12.1 MP sensor and DiGiC processor as in the S100 providing 1080p recording and a burst capture HQ feature allowing the SX40 to shoot at up to 8 frames per second at full resolution. Its also fitted with smart image stabilisation and expected to arrive in stores during late September for $429
The compact S100 features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor and equipped with a versatile 24-120mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom. It also has GPS functionality and is capable of achieving improved low-light performance of up to ISO 6400. The PowerShot S100 will be available in either black or silver for $429 when it arrives in November.
Source: Tech Crunch
The new Ricoh GR Digital IV camera has just been unveiled by Ricoh and is a new additional to their high end fixed focal length compact cameras and comes with a wide range of automatic shooting and scene modes.
The Ricoh GR Digital IV features a new image engine and a refined optical filter and is equipped with a 10 megapixel sensor and 28mm/F1.9 GR lens.
On the rear it has a new 3-inch, 1.23 million-dot VGA LCD display and its fitted with Ricoh’s independently developed external AF sensor, which has a maximum of 190 AF points that can AF focus in 0.2 seconds.
The Ricoh GR Digital IV Compact Camera is available in either black or limited edition white, with only 10,000 white ones being manufactured for worldwide distribution
Pentax announced a new point-and-shoot digital camera called the Optio RZ18 that packs an impressive 18x optical zoom lens that covers the focal lengths from 25mm to 450mm. That provides wide angle up to super-telephoto shots to cover almost any shooting situations. And it’s all stuffed inside a super compact camera, perfect for travel.
Besides the amazing 18x optical zoom, the Optio RZ18 also features a 16-megapixel sensor and multiple Pentax Shake Reduction image stabilization technologies, including sensor-shift SR for sharp images even when there’s less light. It has a 3-inch LCD display with HVGA resolution and a 9-point autofocus with a 4cm super macro mode.
Moreover, you’ll find a nine-point autofocus system, face detection algorithms, an SDXC card slot and an HD video mode capable of snagging 720p clips at 30 frames per second. It’s all set to ship next month in black, white and orange for $299.95 here in the States, with the full presser embedded just after the break.
Via – slashgear
Samsung introduces a new long zoom digital camera, the WB750 with 18x optical zoom lens. With the Smart Zoom technology, the camera extends zoom range to 24x. It is equipped with 12.5 Megapixel BSI (back side illumination) CMOS image sensor and a 3-inch LCDdisplay. The camera features Optical and Digital Dual image stabilization for blur-free shooting and Intelligent Face tracking which automatically recognizes, follows and focuses upon a person’s face when they start to move.
The WB750 includes HDR (High Dynamic Range) function for taking hyper-realistic images without the use of photo editing software. You can find Smart Auto 2.0 that recognize and automatically select the most appropriate setting from a choice of 16 still-image modes and four movie-clip settings, and Smart Filter 3.0 offering extensive variety of effects and color options for users to customize shots easily. The WB750 also offers 3D shooting mode and 3D Panorama, using one lens and one sensor to create 3D images.
Samsung WB750 records movie in Full HD 1920×1080 resolution and provides HDMI 1.4 output for showing clips on a bigger screen.
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Nikon newly announced CoolPix S100 is one of the newest Digital Cameras to be unveiled from the company’s CoolPix Series.The S100 is said to be the successor of the CoolPix S80, it features a refined design and advanced functions and comes equipped with a 3.5-inch OLED Touchscreen display with a wide viewing angle and easy optional interface.It features a slim, right-angle optics zoom lens and it is also equipped with the EXPEED C2 image processing engine.
It comes with a body casing that measures just 18.1mm at its thinnest point, it sports an 16-Megapixel backside illumination CMOS image sensor, a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR zoom lens with 28mm wide angle, an ISO of up to 3200, Smart Portrait system, Filter effects, 20 optimized scene modes and a subject tracking functions as well.
The compact Camera also has a 3D photography function for taking 3D images that can be viewed in 3D if you connect a 3D-compatible HDMI cable to the camera and a 3D TV. The device also supports Full HD 1080p video recording with stereo sound and an HDMI output which enables the user to stream recording content to their HDTV. The Nikon CoolPix S100 is expected to be available in mid-September and should come in the colors of Black, Red, Pink, Silver, Gold and Purple for the price of $299.95 plus they are already available for pre-order at Amazon.