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CES 2011: Sony has announced five 16.2MP CMOS sensor Cyber-shot compact cameras, including the DSC-TX100V with 60fps 1080p movies and OLED touch-screen controls. Along side it we have the DSC-HX7V with built-in GPS and compass and image stabilized 10x (25-250mm equiv.) optical zoom lens. Another T series model introduced is the DSC-TX10 rugged compact with a 3.0 inch LCD. Lastly we have the DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9, both capable of 10fps full resolution continuous shooting speeds plus 7x and 5x optical zoom lens starting at 24mm equivalent. These latter four models are capable of shooting full 1080i HD movies. All five are the world's first compacts to allow 3D still image shooting with one lens and imager.
Pre-CES 2011: Olympus has announced a new pair of Tough series compact cameras. Both the TG-610 and TG-310 come with 14Mp sensors, and are shockproof to 5 ft and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The 610 is waterproof to 16 ft, sports a 920K dot 3.0" LCD and comes with a 5x (28-140mm equiv.) zoom lens, while the 310 is waterproof to 10 ft and features a simpler 230K dot 2.7" LCD and a 3x (38-114mm equiv.) zoom. Both cameras can shoot 720p HD videos and come with a 3D mode that can also be used underwater. They will be available next month at retail prices of $299.99 and $199.99 respectively.
CES 2011: Sony has announced six entry level compacts. Top of the range with a price tag of $230 are the DSC-H70 and DSC-T110, featuring 16Mp CCD sensors, 3.0" LCDs (touchscreen for T110), 720p HD video recording plus 10x and 4x zoom lenses starting at 25mm. Then come four W-series models all powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and priced between $110-$180 for a choice of 16Mp-12Mp sensors, 2.7"-3.0" LCDs or VGA and HD video recording. All W-series models feature Sweep Panorama mode and image stabilization.
Pre-CES 2011: Olympus has announced the SP-610UZ superzoom with 22x(28-616mm equiv.) optical zoom lens. Sporting a 14Mp sensor and 3.0" LCD, it features 720p HD recording, a 3D capture mode, AF Tracking and an HD output. It also includes the latest set of Magic Filters for both stills and videos that include an additional Sparkle and Punk modes in addition to 5 other filters.
Pre-CES 2011: Olympus has introduced the VG-120, the first in its latest V series line-up of budget compacts. Priced at $139.99, the 14Mp camera with a 26-130mm optical zoom lens and 3.0 inch LCD offers 720p HD video recording, Magic Filters, AF tracking and in-camera editing. It will be available from the end of this month in silver, black, and red.
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has unveiled the TRYX digital compact with a rotating frame design allowing users to rotate the camera body 360 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally around the frame. Measuring 15mm on its thickest side, the camera features a 12Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 21mm equiv. pocket-camcorder style wide-angle fixed lens and 460K dot 3.0" touchscreen LCD. It can record 1080p full HD movies at 30 fps, includes a built-in software for direct upload of images and videos online and comes with a motion-sensitive self-timer. It will be available form April 2011 at a retail price of $249.99.
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-FH27 and DMC-FH25 with Leica 28-224mm equiv. zoom lenses. The 16Mp cameras with near-identical features only differ by LCD sizes of 3.0" and 2.7" respectively. Similar to previous generation FH series they include image stabilization, 720p HD video recording and additionally offer better responsiveness by improving the shutter release lag times.
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has released the Lumix DMC-FP7 and DMC-FP3 card-style digital compacts. With large 3.5" and 3.0" touch screen LCDs and periscopic 4x optical zoom lenses starting at a less useful 35mm, the cameras feature 720p HD recording, image stabilization and SDXC compatibility. The 16Mp FP7 comes with a mirror-finish while the 14Mp FP5 comes with a standard finish.
Pre-CES 2011: Panasonic has introduced the Lumix DMC-FH5 and DMC-FH2 digital compacts. Featuring Leica 4x zoom lenses starting at 28mm and 2.7" LCD, the 16Mp and 14Mp cameras come with a similar feature set to the company's other announcements today, with 720p HD recording, image stabilization and AF tracking. They will be available at suggested retail prices of $169 and $149 respectively in black, pink, red and blue.
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has launched the ST700, PL170 and PL120 DualView cameras. All three cameras come with 5x optical zoom lenses starting at 26mm equivalent. The 16Mp ST700 offers a 1.8" front LCD first seen in the ST600 and ST100 cameras released last year. The PL170 and PL120 with 16Mp and 14Mp sensors come with slighter smaller 1.5" front LCDs. The cameras will be available from September at retail prices of $279.99, $199.99 and $149.99 respectively.
Pre-CES 2011: Samsung has released the WB210 and PL210 compact superzooms. The WB210 offers a 12x optical zoom lens starting at an impressively-wide 24mm and a 3.5" LCD, while the PL120 comes with a 10x optical zoom starting at 27mm and a slightly smaller 3.0" LCD. Both cameras offer 14Mp sensors, HD recording and the company's latest Smart Filter 2.0 special effects filters. The WB210 also offers a 21mm equiv. super-wide shot mode. The cameras will be available from February 2011 at a retail price of $279.99 and $199.99 respectively.
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has released the EX-ZR100, flagship model of its 2011 Exilim series of compacts. Together with a 12.1Mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor and dual core processor equipped Exilim Engine HS the camera is capable of full 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, 1000fps high speed movie recording and 3fps full resolution continuous shooting. Other features include image stabilization, AF tracking, SDXC compatibility and HD output.
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has released the Exilim EX-H30 compact superzoom with 12.5x (24-300mm equiv.) zoom lens. According to the company, the 16Mp camera's low power consumption extends its battery life to capture up to 1000 images per charge (with CIPA standard testing). Features include 460K dot 3.0" LCD, 720p HD recording, P/A/S/M shooting modes and SDXC compatibility. It will be available from March 2011 at a retail price of $249.99.
Pre-CES 2011: Casio has announced the Exilim EX-ZS10 and EX-ZS5 entry level compacts. Both share 14.1Mp sensors, 5x optical zoom lenses starting at 26mm equiv. and 2.7 inch LCDs. The ZS10 comes at a higher price tag with its 720p HD video recording capability compared to the ZS5's VGA recording. They will be available in black, silver, red, pink and blue from March 2011 at retail prices of $119.99 and $99.99 respectively.
Pre-CES 2011: Canon has introduced the PowerShot A3300 IS and A3200 IS to top its A series of budget compacts. Similar to their predecessors (the A3000 IS and A3100 IS), the latest duo are powered by Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries. The A3300 features a 16Mp sensor and 3.0" LCD while the A3100 IS comes with a 14Mp sensor and 2.7" LCD. Both share wider-angle 28-140mm equiv. image-stabilized zoom lenses (compared to the 35-140mm lenses on their forebears), and upgraded video from VGA to 720p HD recording with H.624 compression.
Pre-CES 2011: Canon has refreshed its A series with the launch of A2200 and A1200 compact cameras. The 14Mp A2200 is the slimmest A series compact to date and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery while the 14Mp A1200 is powered by a pair of AA's. Both cameras feature 2.7" LCDs, 4x optical zoom lenses starting at 28mm and can record 720p HD movies.
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has unveiled the Finepix HS20EXR advanced superzoom. Replacing the company's HS10, its comes with a 16Mp EXR CMOS sensor and 460K dot 3.0" LCD rather than its predecessor's 10Mp sensor and 230K dot screen. It features a 30x (24-720mm equiv.) optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, RAW capture and P/A/S/M shooting modes. It also offers 7.6fps full-resolution continuous shooting and high speed video capture at up to 320fps.
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has launched the Finepix F500 EXR and its first GPS-enabled camera in the shape of FinePix F550 EXR. Built around the same design and feature set as its F300 EXR camera, the latest F series cameras offer the company's latest 16Mp EXR CMOS sensor that allows full 1080p HD video recording and full-resolution 8fps continuous shooting. They include the same 15x (24-360mm) optical zoom lenses and 460K 3.0" LCDs as their predecessor. The only difference between the pair is the F550 EXR's built-in GPS and RAW capability.
Pre-CES 2011: Fujifilm has released the FinePix XP30, which it claims is world's first rugged compact with built-in GPS. Tougher than the previously released XP10, it is designed to be waterproof up to 5 meters, shockproof up to 1.5 meter and freezeproof to - 10 degrees. It features the same 2.7" LCD of the XP10, 5x optical zoom lens starting at a more useful 28mm and a 14Mp sensor compared to XP10's 12Mp CCD.