Samsung NX200 Mirrorless Camera Announcement

Samsung NX200

The oft-rumored Samsung NX200 has finally been unveiled.  The NX200 features a Samsung-developed 20.3MP image sensor that also captures 1080p HD video.

The NX200 offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800 and sports a 3.0” VGA AMOLED display.  Additionally, the NX200 makes use of a new i-Function 2.0 lens control, which is compatible with existing i-Function lenses, as well as new lenses at 18-200mm, 16mm, 60mm and 85mm focal lengths.  Samsung also claims rapid AF and shooting speeds with a max frame rate of 7fps.

No word yet on price or release date.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Transcend 16GB SDHC Card for $21.99 – Deal Alert

Transcend 16GB SDHC Card

Amazon has a deal today on Transcend Class 10 SHDC cards.  The Transcend 16GB cards are on sale for $21.99 each.  You can also find 32GB cards for $44.99 each.

Note, these cards are Class 10 cards, so they should handle HD video capture for pretty much every HDSLR and HD camcorder out today.  (Learn more about SD card speeds and ratings.)

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus has announced the SZ-30MR, which touts the ability to simultaneously capture 1080p HD video and full resolution still images.  The SZ-30MR features a 16MP CMOS sensor and 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent).  The new superzoom features built-in, sensor-shift image stabilization and sports a 3-inch LCD at 460k-dot resolution.

The SZ-30MR should be available in April at an initial retail price of $399.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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Associated Press Sees Canon 5D Mark II as a “Game Changer”

In the above video from Beet.TV, Vice President & Director of Associated Press Broadcasting News, Kevin Roach, talks about writers taking on video projects and photographers adding the 5D Mark II to their arsenal in order to tell a story beyond a single frame.

No doubt the 5D Mark II is a game changer; however, Roach’s commentary on the AP’s approach to news gathering and what this new era of DSLRs has done for the AP is interesting nonetheless.

Nikon Coolpix P300

The Nikon Coolpix P300 is a compact point and shoot camera with a 12.2MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and a bright f/1.8 max aperture lens.  The P300′s lens offers a 4.2x zoom range for a 24-100mm equivalent and a max aperture of f/4.9 at the long end.

The P300 features a 3-inch 921k-dot resolution LCD and covers a sensitivity range of ISO 160-3200.  The Coolpix P300 will record 1080p HD video at 30fps with full autofocus, stereo sound and use of the optical zoom.

Like its superzoom sibling P500, the P300 can capture in-camera HDR images by combining multiple photos into a single photo.  The Coolpix P300 should be available in March for $329.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

Canon Rebel T3i and Rebel T3 Announced

Canon has announced a pair of new entry-level DSLRs – the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3.

The Canon Rebel T3i features an 18MP CMOS sensor, a 3-inch vari-angle LCD (very similar to the 60D) and captures HD video in full 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24p, 25p, or 30p.  A new feature for EOS cameras, the T3i allows users to magnify HD video between 3x to 10x while retaining Full HD quality.  Additionally, you can opt to record video clips (dubbed “Video Snapshots”) at 2s, 4s, or 8s while capturing still images.

A big boost for the Rebel line is the T3i’s ability to control Canon Speedlites courtesy of a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.  The Canon Rebel T3i should be available in March and retails for $799.99 for body only and for $899.99 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Canon Rebel T3 becomes the entry-level Canon Rebel, and sports a 12.2MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor and 9-point AF system.  The Rebel T3 can also capture video, albeit at a lower 720p resolution.  The Canon Rebel T3 should be avialable in March at an initial retail price of $599.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

In addition to the new Rebel models, Canon has also introduced two new entry-level Speedlites – the 320EX and 270EX II, priced at $249.99 and $169.99, respectively.  The new Speedlites should be available in April.

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