Sony NEX-F3 Unveiled

The Sony NEX-F3 is a follow-up to the popular NEX-C3.  While the resolution is the same as the NEX-C3 (via an APS-C 16.1MP CMOS sensor), the NEX-F3 steps up in a couple of departments.  The NEX-F3 offers full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture in 60i or 24p flavors via AVCHD codec.

Additionally, the NEX-F3 features a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen, which allows you to live view from the front of the camera.  The F3 also sports a built-in pop-up flash (something that was missed on the NEX-C3), making it all the more compact to carry.

The existing FDA-EV1S OLED viewfinder is compatible with the NEX-F3 for those preferring a more traditional camera view rather than the live view display.  The Sony NEX-F3 will be available in June for $600 with an 18-55mm kit lens.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Alongside the NEX-F3, Sony introduced a revised 18-200mm E-mount lens (for NEX models).  The new 18-200mm lens is smaller and lighter than the old version.  It also comes in black rather than the original silver color. The new lens retails for $850 and should be available in July 2012. Check availability at B&H Photo.

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Leica V-Lux 40 Compact Camera

V-Lux 40

The Leica V-Lux 40 is a new compact camera that follows the V-Lux 30 in the point and shoot lineup.  The V-Lux 40 sports a 15.3MP CMOS image sensor and a 20x zoom lens (24-480mm equivalent).  The camera captures full-HD video and sports a built-in GPS module.

The Leica V-Lux 40 ships with Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10.  Priced at $699, the V-Lux 40 is available here at B&H Photo.

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Olympus TG-1 iHS Waterproof, “Tough” Camera Announced

Olympus TG-1 iHS

The Olympus TG-1 iHS adds to the Tough Series line of Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Crushproof and Dustproof compact cameras.

The TG-1 iHS features a 12MP CMOS image sensor, 4x optical zoom lens (25-100mm equivalent) with a bright f/2.0 max aperture and a 3-inch OLED display.  It can also capture full 1080p HD video and provides a built-in GPS and e.compass. [Read more...]

Sony Cyber-shot WX150, W690, TX66 and TX20

Sony WX150

Sony has launched 4 new point and shoot cameras.  The new WX150 and W690 are super thin cameras sporting a 10x optical zoom and offer 18.2MP and 16.1MP image sensors, respectively.  The WX150 captures 1080/60i video, while the W690 captures 720p HD video.  The WX150 retails for $250 and the W690 retails for $180.

Sony TX66

The Sony TX66 is a rugged compact with an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor.  It’s got a 5x optical zoom lens and captures 1080/60i HD video.  Retail is $350.

The TX20 is another rugged compact camera with a 16.2MP CMOS sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens.  It retails for $330.

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Sony Set to Launch an APS-C G1 X Competitor?

Canon G1 X

Sony Alpha Rumors is pegging a compact Sony APS-C camera that will go head-to-head with the Canon G1 X.  Reportedly, the camera would use a pancake zoom lens to keep the size down.

I think Sony has a great thing going with the NEX line. So, I’m very interested to see what such a camera could add to Sony’s lineup.  If anything, I think a fixed-lens camera seems more accessible to a larger market.  This isn’t necessarily in terms of price (the Canon G1 X isn’t cheap), but rather in terms of perceived user experience. [Read more...]

Nikon D800 Dealer Pricing Revealed

Nikon Rumors uncovered an interesting little tidbit regarding the dealer pricing of the Nikon D800 in the US.

The D800 that your dealer sells to you for $3000 cost the dealer $2700, while the D800E sells for $3300 and cost the dealer $2970 – a markup of 11% and 10%, respectively.  Accessories, however, are a different ball game altogether…

[via Nikon Rumors]

New Canon PowerShot Cameras: SX260 HS, 530 HS, 320 HS, D20, A4000 IS, A3400 IS, A2300, A1300, A810

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon has unleashed a bevy of new point and shoot cameras under its PowerShot line tonight – from the PowerShot SX260 HS 20x zoom, to the D20 tough compact, to the budget-minded A1300.

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Pentax K-01: The Mirrorless K-Mount

Pentax K-01

The Pentax K-01 is a new mirrorless camera featuring the eternal K-mount and an APS-C 16MP CMOS image sensor.  The K-01 captures 1080p video at 30fps and a 720p video at 60fps.

Built-in sensor-shift image stabilization expands the benefit to over 25 million legacy K-mount lenses in the world today.  The K-01 captures up to 6fps still images and covers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600.

The Pentax K-01 should be available in March for $749 (body only) and $899 w/ the new pancake 40mm f/2.8 lens.  Check availability on B&H and Amazon.

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