From the monthly archives: "January 2012"

Canon IXUS 500 HS
Canon Powershot G1-X Announced – Large 14.3 MP CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5, HS System, 4x zoom 28-112mm f/2.8; Intelligent IS, 3.0” tilting screen, Optical viewfinder, Manual, RAW

Canon IXUS 500 HS (Canon re-using the same name again – it’s called the ELPH 520 HS in the US) – 12x optical zoom ultra compact, micro SD card! 10mp CMOS, 3inch screen, shown above.

Canon IXUS 125 HS – Compact, 16mp CMOS, 5x zoom, 3inch screen.

Sony Cybershot W630 Black
Sony has announced a number of new compact cameras, all of them available in a number of colours:

Sony Cyber-shot W650 (US model): 16.1 megapixels, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom, HD Video, Optical Steadyshot, 3inch screen
Sony Cyber-shot W630 (UK/EU model): 16.1 megapixels, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom/25mm wide angle, HD video with Optical SteadyShot Active mode, 2.7inch screen
Sony Cyber-shot W620: 14.1 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, HD video, 2.7″
Sony Cyber-shot W610: 14.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, 2.7″
Sony Cyber-shot S5000: 14.1 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 2.7″

Samsung WB850F
Samsung has announced a number of new compact cameras, all of them feature a metal body and a number of them have Wi-Fi built in so that you can backup or upload wirelessly.

ST200F, 10x zoom, WiFi, 3inch screen, Compact
ST88, 5x zoom, 3inch screen, Compact
ST77, 5x zoom, 2.7inch, Compact
ST66, 5x zoom, 2.7inch, Compact
WB850F, 21x zoom, WiFi, GPS, 3inch screen, Full HD, Manual, shown above.
WB150F, 18x zoom, WiFi, 3inch screen, manual controls, 720p.

Olympus VG170 Black frontOlympus has announced a number of new compacts at CES 2012:

Olympus VR-340 , 10x optical zoom, 16mp, 3inch screen
Olympus VG-170, 5x wide zoom, larger flash, 3inch screen
Olympus VG-160, 5x zoom, 14mp, 3inch screen (outside UK)
Olympus Tough TG-320 Waterproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, Drop-proof, 3.6x zoom, 2.7inch
New Olympus Ultra Zooms And Traveller-Series:
SP-720UZ,26x zoom, 14mp, 3inch screen, Ultra Zoom
SP-620UZ, 21x zoom, 16mp, 3inch screen, Ultra Zoom
SH-14, 24x zoom, 14mp, 3inch screen, Pocket Zoom
SH-21, 12.5x zoom, 16mp, 3inch screen, Pocket Zoom

new-fujifilm-finepix-cameras-2012Fujifilm has announced their new models for 2012, including updates to the pocket / travel-zoom series (with GPS), waterproof compacts, ultra-zoom / bridge cameras, and a number of compact cameras, including a new compact camera with WIFI connection. Where the cameras use a 1/2.33inch 16mp EXR-CMOS sensor, these are said to be improved 30% in low light / high ISO performance. The number of cameras available depends on the country you live in.

If there was any kind of coherant product naming scheme in the past, such as F for premium compacts, and HS or S for ultra zooms, it all gets a little more complicated now, with the introduction of SL for ultra zoom with hot-shoe, and the premium line beginning with X. Then there’s compact cameras which start with T (for tiny?), JX, JZ, or Z and then other budget models starting with AX… *head explodes*

Details below:

Ultra Zoom / Bridge:
X-S1 – 26x optical zoom, 1/2″ EXR CMOS, Premium Model (Previously announced)
HS30EXR – updates HS20 – 30x optical zoom, Lithium Ion (600 shots), New 16mp EXR-CMOS sensor*, 3inch, 920k EVF, Electronic level, Full HD Video (with manual focus)

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Cameras:
S4500, 14mp, 30x optical zoom, 3inch screen, 720p, AA
S4200, 14mp, 24x optical zoom, 3inch screen, 720p, AA
SL300, 14mp, 30x optical zoom, 3inch screen, 720p, Lithium, Hot-shoe
SL240, 14mp, 24x optical zoom, 3inch screen, 720p, Lithium, Hot-shoe

Travel Zoom:
F770EXR – 16mp EXR-CMOS sensor*, 20x optical, 3inch, Full HD, GPS, RAW
F750EXR – as above but without RAW or GPS (Outside UK)
F660EXR – 16mp EXR-CMOS sensor*, 15x optical, 3inch, Full HD,

* with new 30% improved EXR-CMOS sensor, compared to previous model

Waterproof:
XP150, 14mp CMOS, 5x optical, 2.7inch, Compass, Full HD, Toughest, GPS
XP100, Other countries (outside UK)
XP50, 14mp CMOS, 5x optical, 2.7inch, Full HD

Compact:
JX550, 16mp, 5x optical, 2.7inch, 720p
JX500, 14mp, 5x optical, 2.7inch, 720p
JZ200, 16mp, 8x optical, 2.7inch, 720p
JZ100, 16mp, 8x optical, 2.7inch, 720p
T400, 16mp CCD, 10x optical, 720p
T350, (Outside UK), as above but with 14mp sensor

Ultra Compact: These “party” cameras feature nightclub modes and self portrait mirrors…
Z110, 14mp, 5x optical, 2.7inch, 720p
Z1000, 16mp EXR-CMOS, 5x optical, 3.5inch, Full HD, Wireless

More details available here.

Samsung DV300F FrontSamsung has announced the new DV300F, a compact 16.1 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens (25-125mm with optical image stabilisation), 3inch screen, front 1.5inch screen, and built in WiFi for uploads to Facebook, flickr, youtube etc, as well as wireless backup of photos, remote control via an android / iphone app, and wifi logon browser so you can log into wifi hotspots. Full specifications at ephotozine.