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...]

New Nikon Point and Shoots: P510, P310, S30, S9300, S6300, S4300, S3300, L810 & L26

Nikon P510

Nikon P510

Nikon has unveiled its latest round of a new Coolpix point and shoot models, from the top P510 with its 42x zoom lens (24-1000mm equivalent) down to the budget-oriented L26.

Check out the rundown of features and price points from Nikon below. [Read more...]

Canon G1 X Hands-On

Canon G1 X

The Canon G1 X was a bit of a surprise from the only major camera manufacturer without a mirrorless interchangeable lens system.  While it doesn’t offer interchangeable lenses, the G1 X features an image sensor that’s bigger than the Nikon 1 and Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic and Olympus) cameras.  I had some time with a pre-production model at CES 2012.  Check out my initial hands-on impressions below. [Read more...]

Polaroid SC1630 Hands-On

Polaroid SC1630

The Polaroid SC1630 is a new Android-based camera that was unveiled at CES 2012.  I had a chance to check it out up close and get a little taste of its performance.

I found it more than a little ironic that Polaroid would produce a camera that looks and feels like a phone while other manufacturers are fighting to differentiate the point and shoot camera from smart phones.

Polaroid SC1630

Even more intriguing is the fact that the Polaroid SC1630 offers a SIM-card slot, along with a speaker and mic that make it possible to use it as a phone. [Read more...]

Canon Announces G1 X and New PowerShot Cameras

Canon G1 XCanon has dropped a big one here at CES 2012 with the new PowerShot G1 X, which features a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor.  The big sensor is the largest sensor Canon has ever put in a PowerShot camera and looks to rival the compact mirrorless camera market.

The G1 X’s sensor dimensions measure 18.7 x 14mm.  Compare this to Canon’s APS-C DSLRs at 22.3 x 14.9mm, Micro Four Thirds at 18 x 13.5mm, and Nikon’s 1 Series at 13.2 x 8.8mm.  The sensor size on the G1 X provides about a 1.85x crop factor.

Even with such a large sensor, Canon has managed to put a 4x fixed zoom lens on the camera, which is down from a 5x zoom on the Canon G12.  The 15.1-60.4mm lens translate to a full frame equivalent of 28-112mm zoom range.

The big sensor offers 14MP resolution for still images and 1080p video capture.  While the lens starts a f/2.8 on the wide end, as you zoom out, the max aperture drops to f/5.8 at the tele end.  That’s physics though – and what you get when you stuff a 4x zoom in such a compact package using a sensor this big.

The Canon G1 X should be available in February at a retail price of $799.99.  Check availability at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

I’ll have a full hands-on report here at CES 2012 within the next day or so.  So stay tuned.

In addition to the new G1 X, Canon announced a couple other PowerShots, the ELPH 520HS and ELPH 110HS.  Check them out, along with more details on the G1 X in the press release below. [Read more...]

Fuji FinePix T350 and T400

Fuji T400

Fuji T400

The Fuji T350 and T400 are the latest addition to Fujifilm’s T-series Travel compact cameras, announced just prior to CES 2012.

The T350 and T400 offer 10x zoom lenses (28-280mm equivalent), 720p HD video capture and sensor-shift image stabilization.  The T400 features a 16MP CCD image sensor, while the T350 packs a 14MP CCD image sensor.

The Fuji T400 should be available in March at a retail price of $149.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Fuji T350 should be available in March at a retail price of $129.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

Fuji T350

Fuji T350

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

Fuji SL300, S4500 and S4200 Superzooms

Fuji SL300

Fuji SL300

The Fuji SL300, S4500 and S4200 are a trio of new long-zoom cameras announced just prior to CES 2012.

The SL300 features a rubberized body, 14MP CCD image sensor and 30x zoom lens with a 24-720mm equivalent range.  It offers power zooming with zoom buttons near the shutter release and on the lens barrel.  The SL300 should be available in March for $299.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Fuji S4500

Fuji S4500

The S4500 and S4200 feature 30x and 24x zoom lenses, respectively.  Both models offer a 14MP CCD image sensor, 720p, image stabilization and are powered by AA batteries.

The S4500 should be available in March for $259.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

The S4200 should also be available in March for $229.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Fuji S4200

Fuji S4200

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

Samsung DV300F Dual View Camera

Samsung DV300F

2012′s new camera announcements have kicked off with the new Samsung DV300F dual view camera just days before CES 2012.  The new point and shoot camera offers front and rear displays and built-in WiFi.

The DV300F sports a 16MP CCD image sensor, a 5x zoom lens (25-125mm equivalent), 720p HD video capture and ISO 80-3200 sensitivity.  The built-in WiFi allows for direct uploading to Facebook, Photobucket, Picasa, YouTube and more.

No word yet on price or availability in the US.  Check availability on Amazon and B&H Photo.

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

Canon “Super G Series” as an Answer to Mirrorless Competition?

Canon G12

There have been plenty of rumors lately about Canon’s response to the mirrorless camera systems that every other major manufacturer is cranking out like gangbusters.  The most consistent rumor of late seems to be that Canon is working on a sort of “Super G Series” camera(s).

I like it. Here’s why. [Read more...]