Fuji FinePix JX580, JX500 and AX550

Fuji JX580 JX500 AX550

Fujifilm has announced three new budget cameras (amid a total of 19 in its Spring 2012 lineup) just prior to CES 2012.  The value series refresh features the JX580, JX500 and AX550, which are priced at $119.95, $99.95 and $89.95, respectively.

Just a quick hit on the specs now…

Both JX models offer rechargeable Li-ion batteries, while the AX550 is powered by AA batteries.  All three models offer a 5x zoom (26-130mm equivalent) lens and 720p HD video capture.  The JX580 and AX550 have a 16MP CCD sensor, while the JX500 has a 14MP sensor.

The JX580 should be available in February for $119.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The JX500 should be available in February for $99.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The AX500 should be available in March for $89.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]


Nikon D4 Only Days Away?

Nikon D4

The latest leaks and rumors peg the Nikon D4 for unveiling just prior to CES 2012.  A Nikon press invitation (see below) suggests something big is happening on January 6 and Nikon Rumors is convinced that the Nikon D4 with its 16MP FX sensor, XQD card format and lightning-fast frame rate of 11 fps is what’s coming.

That, and the above photo is of the real Nikon D4. [Read more…]

Samsung DV300F Dual View Camera

Samsung DV300F

2012’s new camera announcements have kicked off with the new Samsung DV300F dual view camera just days before CES 2012.  The new point and shoot camera offers front and rear displays and built-in WiFi.

The DV300F sports a 16MP CCD image sensor, a 5x zoom lens (25-125mm equivalent), 720p HD video capture and ISO 80-3200 sensitivity.  The built-in WiFi allows for direct uploading to Facebook, Photobucket, Picasa, YouTube and more.

No word yet on price or availability in the US.  Check availability on Amazon and B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Canon 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II, 3D and 4K Rumor-fest

Canon 4K Cine DSLR

This is some kind of New Year resolution for Canon – that is, if all these rumors come to light by the end of the year.

More juice on the Canon 5D Mark III suggests further that the camera would maintain a reasonable MP-count (if not the same as the Canon 1D X).  The rumor mill also continues to churn on an announcement for the 5D Mark III in the next few months.  For the record, my money is still on an announcement in time for the 2012 NAB Show.

In addition to the 5D Mark III, rumors are swirling that the infamous Canon 3D is a live project.  No spec details other than to suggest that it is a “photographer’s camera.”  What that means, I dunno.  The simplest of guesses has me leaning toward no/minor video functionality, which would go hand-in-hand with earlier rumors of the 5D Mark III as a very video-centric camera.

Hmm? A 5D line as the video-focused line and a 3D line as the stills-focused line?  The 3D name would tend to lead to less confusion if the camera didn’t have video capture at all… [Read more…]