Sony HX9V and HX100V Announced

The oft-rumored HX9V and HX100V are now official as Sony’s latest Cyber-shot models. Both camera feature 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensors and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX9V sports a 16x optical zoom lens with a 24mm equivalent wide-angle field of view.  The HX100V is a superzoom model with 30x optical zoom, which starts a 27mm on the wide end.  Both models offer a max sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and capture Full HD 1080p video at 60p.

The HX9V and HX100V feature 3-inch touchscreen displays with a 921k-dot resolution.  Of course, both models offer Sony’s signature 3D Sweep Panorama mode for easy panoramic images.  Both cameras should be available in April 2011.

Along with the HX9V and HX100V, Sony also unveiled the no-frills Cyber-shot W520, which sports a 14.1MP sensor, 5x zoom lens and 2.7-inch LCD.  The W520 is set for March 2011 availability.

More details and images below. [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix FX78

The Panasonic Lumix FX78 is a new 12.1MP compact camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD.  The FX78 captures 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video and shoots still images at up to 3.7 fps for up to 7 frames.

The Lumix FX78 should be available in March with no announced price as of today.

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

Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS Reviews and Resources

The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS features a 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a bright f/2.0 lens.  The SD4000 IS also features a 3.8x optical zoom with optical image stabilization and a 3-inch LCD.  The SD4000 IS can capture 720p HD video, as well as slow motion video at 240 fps.

The Canon SD4000 is should be available around the end of May 2010 at an initial retail price of $349.99.

Canon SD4000 IS Availability

B&H Photo

Amazon.com

Adorama

Canon SD4000 IS Reviews

Gizmodo

Infosync

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Sony Cyber-shot HX5V Review

The Sony Cyber-shot HX5V is a 10.2MP point and shoot camera that was introduced in January 2010 with the Cyber-shot TX7.  The HX5V complements the TX7 well and, fortunately, packs in many of the great features of its thinner counterpart.

To see how the Sony Cyber-shot HX5V stacks up and whether it’s right for you, read on. [Read more...]

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 Problems Surface

Canon 5D Mark II

[UPDATE: Canon has posted Firmware Version 2.0.4, which is intended to address the below-described issues.]

Canon has released a statement on the 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.3 info page describing problems caused for some users by the firmware update. [Read more...]

Sony Cyber-shot TX5 Hands-On Review

Sony Cyber-shot TX5

The Sony Cyber-shot TX5 is a rugged, point and shoot camera that is touted as dustproof, waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof.  The TX5 features a 10.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor for improved low light performance and noise control.  Additionally, the TX5 features a 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilization and can capture 720p HD video.

Like it’s more powerful sibling, the TX7, the Sony TX5 features a touchscreen LCD for quick and intuitive menu navigation.  The touchscreen LCD also allow you to tap the screen to select your focus point.

I really liked the TX5′s 3-inch touchscreen LCD.  There are some touchscreens that just down work on cameras – either in terms of input response or menu navigation.  The TX5, along with the pricier TX7, do touchscreens right. [Read more...]