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 HDC-HS700 Full HD Camcorder Review

Panasonic’s HDC-HS700 is a great little HDD/SD hybrid AVCHD camcorder that will serve well for most anyone wanting to produce rock solid HD video and the integrated 5.1 channel built in mic can make for fun, surround sound home movies.

Read the full review at Tech Tilt: Panasonic HDC-HS700 Full HD Camcorder Review

Canon VIXIA HF S21 Camcorder Review

The Canon VIXIA HF-S21 is a compact camcorder that captures Full HD 1920 x 1080 in AVCHD format with a number of frame rate options.   The Canon VIXIA HF-S21 is larger than entry-level camcorders like the Sony HDR-CX350V; however, it’s not so big to prevent you from toting it on family outings or other casual endeavors.

Read the rest of the review at Tech Tilt: Canon VIXIA HF S21 Camcorder Review.

iDC Run & Gun for the Canon Rebel T2i

Bruce Dorn, over at the iDC Photo and Video blog, has announced the new iDC Run & Gun kit for the Canon Rebel T2i.  The iDC Run & Gun kits, as the name implies, are designed for lightweight and mobile video capture with HDSLRs such as the Rebel T2i, 7D and 5D Mark II.

The Rebel T2i Run & Gun kit includes a follow focus and loupe, as well as the underlying mount for tying the kit together. The full kit will set you back $488 in the iDC Photo Store.  Here’s the link.

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.3 Available for Download

Canon 5D Mark II

[UPDATE: Canon has posted Firmware Version 2.0.4, which is intended to address a problem with Firmware Version 2.0.3.]

The previously announced firmware update version 2.0.3 for the Canon 5D Mark II is now available for download.  The new firmware is primarily dedicated to improving the video capture options, as described in the release notes below.  [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix G2 Reviews and Resources

Panasonic Lumix G2

Along with the Panasonic G10, the Panasonic Lumix G2 is another 12.1MP Micro Four Thirds camera that follows the previous generation G1, GH1 and GF1 cameras.  The G2 headline features include an articulating, 3-inch Live View LCD with a touchscreen interface, along with HD video capture in AVCHD Lite format.

The G2 is paired with a 14-42mm image stabilized kit lens and, of course, is compatible with all previously introduced Micro Four Thirds Lumix G lenses from Panasonic.  Additionally, the G2 includes a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe for external flashes.  The G2 will be available in red, blue and black body colors.

Panasonic G2 Availability

B&H Photo

Amazon.com

Panasonic G2 Reviews

PhotographyBLOG

DP Review

Photo Radar

InfoSync

Trusted Reviews

Cnet

Imaging Resource

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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...]

Sony Booth Tour at PMA 2010

Sony Booth Tour at PMA 2010

Can’t make it to PMA 2010 to check out the new Sony DSLRs and Cyber-shot cameras?  That’s ok.  In the condensed 10-minute video below, you can see what Sony had on display at PMA. [Read more...]