Kodak Cameras Focus on Sharing

Kodak Slice

At CES 2010 today, Kodak has introduced 3 new cameras – the Kodak Slice Touchscreen camera, Kodak Easyshare M580 and Kodak Playsport video camera.

As the name implies, the Slice is a touchscreen and it can store up to 5,000 in its internal memory.  The Slice features a 3.5″ display, 14MP and a 5x optical zoom and carries an initial retail price of $349.95.  The Kodak Slice Touchscreen camera should be available in April 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Kodak M580 features a 14MP sensor and 8x optical zoom.  With the M580, you can tag photos for emailing and sharing online while still on the camera.  When you connect the M580 to your computer with an Internet connection, press the Share button and it will automatically upload the files that you flagged.  The M580 carries an initial retail price of $199.95 and should be available in April 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Kodak Playsport video camera shoots 1080p video and 5MP still frames.  It can be submerged in water that is 10 feet deep.  It has a 2-inch display and records to SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB in size for up to 10 hours of HD video on one card. The Playsport carries an initial retail price of $149.95 and should be available in April 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is an update to the former 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, one of Canon’s most popular professional lenses.  In the updated lens, the internal elements have been redesigned and a flourite and fifth UD element have been incorporated to the lens.  According to Canon, a new autofocusing algorithm should increase AF acquisition speed.  Additionally, the minimum focus distance has been reduced to under 4 feet.  Finally, the Image Stabilization system has been upgraded to a claimed shake-correction of 4-stops, which is a 1-stop improvement over the previous model.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens comes with a tripod collar, lens hood and pouch.  It should be available in April 2010.  Canon has yet to disclose the initial retail price; however, I would speculate the price to be around $2000 or more given Canon’s recent trend of increasing prices.

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

CES 2010 Preview

CES 2010

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show takes place January, 7-10 in Las Vegas.  There will be a whole lot of photo tech on display at CES this year.  Some of the manufactures present include Canon, Casio, Fuji, Lowepro, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.

This page will be our ground zero for CES news through the event.

Traditionally, CES has been the time for camera manufacturers to release a barrage of point and shoot cameras.  With the market moving lots of low-end DSLRs at a much broader consumer base, it will interesting to see whether this affects the product announcements at CES which offers much more exposure to general consumers than say a PMA show (directed specifically toward pro and enthusiast photographers).

In this evolving page, we’ll highlight some of the big movers and shakers in the photography world as more details come in as related to their presence at CES 2010.

If you’re on Twitter, consider following Photography Bay as I may have some instant updates from the show floor and some mobile pics of new gear coming out as Tweets quicker than what you’ll find here or on the front page.

Canon

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II

New Canon Point & Shoot Cameras: A3100 IS, A3000 IS, A495 & A490

Casio

My guess is more of those high frame-rate point and shoot cameras, like the FC100.  Most likely they’ll be smaller and have better image quality.

Fuji

More EXR-equipped cameras maybe.  These are good little cameras that seem to be doing well for Fuji.  That’s for a good reason though, everything that I’ve seen from them really seems to produce solid images.

Kodak

New Kodak Point & Shoot Cameras: Kodak Slice, Kodak M580, Kodak Playsport

Nikon

More point and shoot cameras.  Maybe we’ll see the camera that sends emails?  Of course, we’d all love to see the Nikon D800 or D700s.  Don’t hold your breath though.  I wouldn’t expect this to be a CES ticket – perhaps a pre-PMA 2010 announcement?

Olympus

Olympus Stylus Tough 3000

Olympus Stylus 7030, 7040 & 5010

Olympus FE-4020 & FE-47

Panasonic

Pansonic F3

Panasonic FH20, FH3 & FH1

Panasonic FP3 & FP1

Pentax

Expect some point an shoot cameras like everyone else.  What I’m really curious about though is whether they’ll release the much-rumored and poorly kept secret 645D medium format camera.

Samsung

Samsung NX10 Announced:  It’s a 14.6MP camera with a DSLR-sized sensor in APS-C format.  The NX10 has no mirror like DSLRs, so it’s a bit more compact.  Other features include HD video capture, an AMOLED screen and a built-in electronic viewfinder.

Samsung CL80 & TL240

Samsung TL210 & TL205

Sony

Sony A450: 14.2MP sibling to the A550 and A500.  Essentially, the A450 is an A550 without the tilting LCD and Live View.

New Sony Cyber-shot Point and Shoot Cameras:

Sony W370, W350, W330, W310 & W300

Sony HX5V & Sony TX7

More Tech at CES 2010

If you are interested in more than just cameras, check out the rest of the tech scene at Tech Tilt’s CES 2010 Roundup.