Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Unveiled

Olympus XZ-2

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a follow-up to the popular and powerful XZ-1.  The XZ-2 adds a new hybrid control ringer and touch controls similar to what is found on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Key Features

  • 12MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom (24-96mm equivalent)
  • Fast aperture f/1.8-2.5
  • 3-inch swivel touchscreen LCD
  • 5fps burst mode
  • ISO 100-12800
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • RAW image capture
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • Olympus Art Filters

The Olympus XZ-2 should be available in November 2012 for $599.99.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon PowerShot G15 Offers Bright Lens and Faster AF

Canon G15

The Canon PowerShot G15 picks up where the G12 left off and steps up the game for the serious compact camera line with a f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) and faster AF and shot-to-shot times.

The G15 sports a conservative 12.1MP CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 5 image processor, while offering max ISO speeds up to 12,800 and 1080p HD video capture.  The G15 continues the serious feature set of a hot shoe for Canon Speedlites and an optical viewfinder, as well as a 3-inch 922k-dot res LCD.

The Canon G15 should be available in October for $499.99. Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Canon G15 Key Features

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor
  • 5x Optical Zoom 6.1-30.5mm Lens
  • 28-140mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 1080p HD Video Capture
  • 12800 ISO
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • 10fps Continuous Capture
  • RAW & JPEG Capture

Fuji XF1 Retro Compact Officially Unveiled

Fuji XF1

Fuji has taken the wraps off of its latest X-series camera, the XF1 compact camera.

The new XF1 is a retro take on the compact camera – styled much like the current X100, X-Pro1 and X-E1.

The Fuji XF1 features a 12MP 2/3-inch CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization on its 4x zoom lens (25-100mm equivalent).  The lens offers a variable aperture of f/1.8-4.9 and a manual zoom ring.  Other features include full HD video capture and 360-degree panoramic images.

 Fuji XF1 Key Features

  • 12MP EXR CMOS 2/3-Inch Sensor
  • High Quality Fujinon 4x F1.8-4.9 Manual Zoom Lens
  • 3.0-Inch LCD (460k-dot res)
  • Full HD Video Capture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Full Manual Controls
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Macro Shooting to 3cm
  • Motion Panorama 360-degree
  • In-Camera RAW Converter

The Fuji XF1 should be available in October for $499.95.  It is currently available for pre-order here at Amazon.com.

Canon PowerShot G15 Coming Next Week?

Canon PowerShot G15

It looks like Canon may be announcing a true successor to the PowerShot G12 next week prior to Photokina 2012.  Recall that the Canon G1 X was announced earlier this year at CES 2012, causing speculation that the G-series may move to a larger sensor format.

The above leaked image appears to confirm, however, that the more compact-oriented camera line will continue with a PowerShot G15. [Read more...]

Olympus STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS Packs a Whopping 40x Zoom

Olympus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus just launched the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS, its flagship Ultra Zoom compact camera. It features a 40x optical zoom lens (22.4-896mm equivalent) a 14MP CMOS image sensor.

The zoom is further magnified by what Olympus calls Super-Resolution Zoom, which doubles the focus distance, enabling up to 80x zoom magnification.

The SP-820UZ iHS also sports a 3-inch LCD 1080p HD video, as well as 720p video at 60fps for smooth slow motion footage.

The Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS should be available in September 2012 at a retail price of $329.99.  You can order the SP-820UZ here at B&H Photo.

Full specifications below. [Read more...]

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS and SX500 IS Inbound

Canon SX160 IS

Canon SX160 IS

It looks like a pair of Canon’s new point and shoot models have found their way onto the web a little early.  The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS looks to feature a 16MP sensor along with a 16x optical zoom lens.  This should replace the current PowerShot SX150 IS, which sports a 14MP sensor, 12x zoom and 720p video. [Read more...]

Nikon Coolpix L610

Nikon L610

In addition to the new Nikon 1 J2, the AA-battery powered Nikon L610 point and shoot camera also dropped today.

Highlights of the Nikon COOLPIX L610:

  • 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (25-350mm equivalent) with VR image stabilization
  • Easy Auto Mode selects from six Scene Modes to fit even the most challenging scenes
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording with stereo sound
  • Powered by AA-batteries for convenience
  • Available in Black, Red and Silver
  • Available in September 2012 with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $249.95.

Sony RX100 Hands-On Review

Sony RX100

I have been using the Sony RX100 for about a week now and I have to say that it is a stunning little camera.  It packs 20MP CMOS image sensor and the fixed zoom lens provides 28-100mm equivalent zoom range with a max f/1.8 aperture.

The RX100 gives a proper use of that little 2.7x crop sensor that’s also found in the Nikon 1 Series.  And, best of all, it’s a pocketable camera. [Read more...]