Olympus VG-120

The Olympus VG-120 is a new compact camera introduced at CES 2011.  The VG-120 sports a 14MP sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and a 3-inch LCD.  The VG-120 can capture 720p HD video at 30fps.

The VG-120 should be available this month at an initial retail price of $139.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Panasonic Lumix FP7 and FP5

The Panasonic Lumix FP7 and FP5 are new ultra-compact cameras introduced at CES 2011.  The FP7 features a 16.1MP sensor and 3.5-inch touchscreen display, while the FP5 sports a 14.1MP sensor and 3-inch touchscreen LCD.  Both cameras have a 4x optical zoom lens and capture 720p HD video.  Prices and availability will be announced at a later date.

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

Fuji FinePix S2950, S3200 and S4000

The Fuji FinePix S2950, S3200 and S4000 are 14MP superzoom cameras that were introduced at CES 2011. The cameras feature 18x, 24x and 30x zoom lenses, respectively.  All three cameras offer 720p video capture and image tagging for social networking functionality.

The FinePix S2950 should be available in January 2011 at an initial retail price of $229.95. Check availability at Amazon.com.

The FinePix S3200 should be available in February 2011 at an initial retail price of $249.95.  Check availability at Amazon.com.

The FinePix S4000 should be available in March 2011 at an initial retail price of $279.95.  Check availability at Amazon.com.

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

Pentax Optio RS1000 and RZ10 Announced

The Pentax Optio RS1000 is a 14MP point and shoot camera with a 4x optical zoom lens.  The RS1000 is an ultra-compact caemra that is about the size of a credit card and comes with a bargain initial price point of $149.95.

The RS100 should be available in October 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Pentax Optio RZ10 is a 14MP point and shoot camera with a 10x zoom lens, built-in image stabilization and a 2.7″ LCD screen.

The RZ10 should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $219.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Nikon Coolpix P7000 Announced

Nikon P7000

The P7000 is Nikon’s flagship point and shoot camera.  It is fitted with a 10MP sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, the ability to capture RAW format images (finally) and 720p video capture at 24 fps.  The P7000 also features a hotshoe for attaching an external Nikon Speedlight.

Additionally, Nikon steps up the game with an external mic input on the compact shooter, which will add to the functionality of optical zoom during video capture and full time AF.  By using an external microphone for audio capture, the P7000 allows us to avoid the problem of internal camera noise during video recording.  Of course, this feature is likely of limited use for most users, but certainly signals that Nikon is taking video customers seriously.

With the P7000, Nikon finally looks like it has the feature list to tackle Canon’s G-series (e.g., the new Canon G12) head on.

The Nikon P7000 carries an initial retail price of $499.95 and should be available in September 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Nikon P7000 Key Features

  • 10.1-megapixel, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
  • 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • 3-inch 921k dot resolution LCD
  • RAW file function compatible with Mac and Windows
  • PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) exposure control
  • ISO 6400 at full resolution

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

Panasonic Lumix FX75

The Panasonic Lumix FX75 is a 14.1MP, slim point and shoot camera with a 5x optical zoom, covering an equivalent range of roughly 24-120mm.  The FX75 can capture 720p HD video in AVCHD Lite format.  It also features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD on the rear for a finger-friendly interface.

The Panasonic Lumix FX75 carries an initial retail price of $299.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Joby Gorillabike (and Some Useful Photo Stuff)

Perhaps one of the funniest things I saw at PMA 2010, was Joby’s homegrown bike, which looks like it resulted from Lance Armstrong crashing into the Gorillapod factory.  While Gorillapods are pretty sturdy for cameras, I don’t think we’ll see Lance pedaling this bike up the Col du Tourmalet in the Tour de France this year.  Nonetheless, this is one cool bike. [Read more...]