It's no secret that Panasonic's first digital SLR, the DMC-L1, wasn't very well received. But Panasonic's not worried about that. They viewed the L1 as a "technology statement," to show that they're serious about jumping into the SLR market. The company's new dSLR, called the Lumix DMC-L10, is aimed at people stepping up to a SLR from compact cameras, and marks a big step forward for the company's SLRs. The L10 features a Four-Thirds-sized, Live MOS imaging sensor with 10.1 effective megapixels and a Supersonic Wave Filter system to rattle … Read more
Amateur photographers and style-minded snapshooters aren't the only ones who can get excited at Nikon's recent camera announcements. The company also unveiled two new additions to its budget-priced Coolpix L-series: the Coolpix L14 and L15.
The Coolpix L14 boasts a 7-megapixel sensor, a 38 to 114mm-equivalent f/3.1-5.9 lens, and a 2.4-inch LCD screen. Its upscale brother, the Coolpix L15, has an 8-megapixel sensor, a 35 to 105mm-equivalent f/2.8-4.7 lens with optical stabilization, and a 2.8-inch display.
The Nikon Coolpix L14 and L15 will hit stores by mid-October, and will respectively … Read more
A few months ago, Nikon released the 10-megapixel Coolpix P5000, a photographer-friendly compact camera with plenty of options for advanced users. Barely half a year after its release, Nikon has unveiled its big brother, the Coolpix P5100. At its heart, the P5100 is simply a 12-megapixel version of the P5000. It keeps the P5000's same basic design, same 35 to 123mm-equivalent f/2.7-5.3 image-stabilized lens, and its same combination of optical viewfinder and 2.5-inch TFT LCD screen. However, the P5100 does feature Nikon's new Expeed image processor, which the P5000 was lacking. This new image … Read more
Nikon has been dabbling in Wi-Fi-equipped cameras for a few years now. Most recently, the company included Wi-Fi in its ultracompact 7-megapixel Coolpix S50c. The new Coolpix S51c continues this trend and includes an 8MP CCD sensor, a 3-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD, sensitivity of up to ISO 1,600, and optical image stabilization. This new model also includes Nikon's D-Lighting to compensate for imperfect exposures after the fact, as well as Face Priority AF to help make sure that the camera focuses on your friends' faces, instead of a tree or some national monument in the background. It also … Read more
If you're a fan of Kodak, or a cryptologist, you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out that the company's new superzoom, called the Z812 IS, is an 8-megapixel camera with a 12X optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization. The name won't tell you that the camera has a 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD screen, or that the camera can capture MPEG-4 video, with stereo sound at up to 1,024x720 pixels and 30 frames per second. Kodak seizes on this last fact to say in its product literature that the Z812 IS can capture 720p … Read more
Nikon gives its style-minded Coolpix S-series its highest resolution yet with the Coolpix S700. This sleek camera packs a 12-megapixel sensor into its 0.9-inch-thick brushed aluminum body. The S700 also features a 37 to 111mm-equivalent f/2.8-5.4 Nikkor lens, mechanical image stabilization, a 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen and a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 3200. Like the majority of Nikon's other newly announced cameras, the S700 uses Nikon's new Expeed image processor, which the company claims improves processing speed and color reproduction.
The Coolpix S510 might not look quite as impressive as the … Read more
Kodak kicks off its fall lineup with two new cameras that pack a lot of resolution into a pocketable package. The camera company just announced the EasyShare V1233 and V1253, a pair of compact 12-megapixel cameras that focus on portability and simplicity. Measuring just 0.9 inch deep each, both models feature the same 12-megapixel sensor, 37 to 111mm-equivalent f/3.4-5.3 lens, face detection autofocus/autoexposure, and HDTV compatibility (with optional dock). For once, this HDTV compatibility doesn't just mean you can show off your photos on your high-def TV; both the V1233 and V1253 offer high-definition … Read more
My Korean isn't even good enough to call appalling, but fortunately for me, some Web site pictures of what sure looks like a new Olympus E-3 SLR speak louder than the surrounding words.
The pictures label the camera as the E-3. That's a different name from an anonymously posted document that used the name E-P1, but it's unclear what the naming implications are. Olympus said … Read more
Camera Armor has a sensible idea--form-fitting silicone rubber skins to protect your high-end camera gear against shocks, muck and water. You can buy these for cheapo iPods, so why not your $3,000 SLR?
Camera Armor got its start with the most mainstream SLRs from Canon and Nikon. It's extended its product line since the last time I checked in, with products to encase the Sony Alpha A100 SLR and a much broader array of Canon and Nikon models. Prices range from $50 to $80.
Update: This posting previously included an incorrect picture next to a caption. It has been replaced by the intended photograph of the Canon PowerShot G7.
In the course of writing a story about compact cameras that have some characteristics of higher-end SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, I informally tested some cameras to see how they fared.
The bad news is that I was a bit disappointed, though I recognize the impossibility of affordably reproducing the full abilities of a bulky, big-sensor SLR in a pocket-size package.
The good news is that there's progress on the horizon. In the month since … Read more