Search results for "a3000"

A roundup of digital cameras announced recently, along with links for more information, previews, reviews, sample photos and more:

Sony Alpha a3000

Sony:
Sony Alpha 3000 – 20mp APS-C DSLR shaped camera with Sony E-Mount, shown above, Preview
Sony NEX-5T – Wi-Fi, NFC Mirrorless camera, Preview

Canon:
Canon EOS 70D – 20.2 megapixel APS-C DSLR, new AF, 7fps, see Canon UK, there is also a review with sample photos at Cameralabs.
Canon Powershot S120 – 12.1 megapixel High Speed (HS) CMOS sensor, 5x zoom compact, f/1.8, more details.
Canon Powershot G16 – 12.1 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, f/1.8, Preview
Canon Powershot SX510 – 30x optical zoom, 12 megapixel HS CMOS sensor, compact ultra zoom, more details.
Canon Powershot SX170 – 16x optical zoom, 16 megapixel CCD sensor, Almost pocketable pocket zoom

Nikon:
Nikon Coolpix S6600 – 16mp, 12x zoom, tilting / swivelling screen, details. This one looks pretty cool, and it’s been a while since a compact camera has had a tilting / swivelling screen like this.
Nikon Coolpix L620 – 14x optical zoom, 18mp, full HD video, AA batteries.

Casio: (Japan, Europe only?)
Casio Exilim ZR800, 18x optical zoom, details.

GE:
GE Cameras no longer for sale in the UK according to ePHOTOzine.

Canon Powershot A3000

Canon has announced the new Canon Powershot A3000 IS – an update to the A1100 IS – the camera has a lithium ion battery – and features a 10.0 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom with IS, 6.7cm (2.7″) LCD, Smart Auto & Easy modes with Scene Detection Technology, Optical Image Stabilizer & Motion Detection Technology, Super Vivid & Poster Effect, FaceSelf-Timer, Metal exterior, DIGIC III, Li-ion battery, VGA movies (30fps). The PowerShot A3000 IS is exclusively on sale at Argos and available from February 2010 in Silver:

“Canon today launches the PowerShot A3100 IS and PowerShot A3000 IS, two new digital cameras that are compact, great looking and extremely easy to use. Packed with a range of clever and user-friendly features, the new models make photography more enjoyable than ever, helping users get great shots with the minimum of effort.”

More Canon Powershot A3000 IS links: Sample Photos (Canon)

Looking at the Christmas and Boxing Day sales on digital cameras, you tend to get a view of what is “old” and due to be replaced, based on what cameras are seeing the biggest discounts. For example, the Panasonic Lumix G3 is for sale at Argos (in the UK) for £235 with lens – a bargain for a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera – but you can easily see why, it’s been superseded by the Panasonic Lumix G5 and then the G6.

So for old cameras that have been replaced by newer models, it’s obvious why the price is so low… and it means you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind the older technology. But what about “current” cameras or old cameras that haven’t yet been replaced by a newer model… Here we’re talking about these cameras:

Canon EOS 1100D DSLR

The Canon EOS 1100D – there is no newer model to this, and it’s still available new, yet has been available for at least 2 and a half years – some places are selling it for £245 with lens (Amazon) – others for £160 with lens (Tesco in-store clearance). So next year, will we see a Canon EOS 1200D (or a new model altogether)?

The Nikon 1 S1 – only been out for about a year, yet Tesco are selling it for £149 with lens. It’s either due a replacement (the Nikon 1 S2?) or will be completely discontinued.

Fujifilm XPro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is another camera that has been widely reduced, and even offered with a free lens, meaning a replacement is likely (the X-Pro2?) and many rumor sites have suggested this is likely.

Sony Alpha a3000

Other cameras that have seen big reductions include the Sony Alpha A3000 – reduced from £299 to £199 – which would suggest that it is being replaced – yet it has only been available for a few months? Would they really replace the camera so soon? (Perhaps with a Sony Alpha A3100 or A3000N?) Many reviews have complained about the poor screen, and poor EVF, if both the screen and EVF are poor, then it can’t be a very nice camera to use… however if they released a newer model with a better screen and/or EVF at least you’d be happy with at least one of them. Others: The Samsung Galaxy Camera, now £199, it was £399 when new… so Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera anyone?

Either way you’d be wise to bare this in mind when shopping for a digital camera in the “sales” – most likely it’s due to a newer model either being available, or coming soon, but if the price is right and it takes good photos, then does it really matter?

Ed note: Guest post from a reader who wished to remain anonymous.

Sony Alpha a3000

The Sony Alpha 3000 is one of the cheapest Digital SLR style cameras available, it looks like a Digital SLR, but it’s a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3inch screen, electronic viewfinder, and takes Sony NEX E-Mount lenses, of which there are a large number available. Here’s what ePHOTOzine had to say about it:

“The Sony Alpha 3000 has a number of advanced features that you wouldn’t expect with such an entry level product including Focus peaking, AF fine tuning, an info-lithium battery that keeps you informed as to exactly how much life is left, and full HD video with stereo sound.”

Sony Alpha 3000 Reviews: ePHOTOzine, AmateurPhotographer, WhatDigitalCamera.

Canon-powershot-a3300 IS
Canon has announced the new Canon Powershot A3300 IS – it features 16.0 Megapixels, 28mm wide 5x optical zoom lens, Optical Image Stabilizer, 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD, Smart Auto, Easy mode and Hints & Tips, HD Movies (720p) with Dynamic IS, Live View Control and Creative Filters, Face Detection, Auto Red-Eye Correction, DIGIC 4, Li-ion battery and is available from February 2011, priced at £149.00/€179.00 RRP incl. VAT. Here are some official sample photos.

“Canon today unveils the PowerShot A3300 IS and PowerShot A3200 IS, a duo of new models that combine high-quality imaging and a range of creative features in a bright, colourful body; making it easier to have more fun with your photography. Capturing high-resolution, still images and optically stabilised 720p HD video, each offers an exceptionally easy-to-use, flexible and great value option for those who want to relive their best moments in amazing detail.

Succeeding the A3000 IS and A3100 IS at the top of the PowerShot A-series, both models are slim and stylish, with a solid metal chassis that reflects the enduring, robust performance assured by all Canon products. Allowing users to inject colour into their photography before they even take their first image, the PowerShot A3300 IS is available in red, blue, pink and silver, whilst the PowerShot A3200 IS offers a choice of pink, orange, silver and aqua.”

Canon Powershot A3100 IS

Canon has announced the new Canon Powershot A3100 IS – an update to the A1100 IS – the camera has a lithium ion battery – and features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom with IS, 6.7cm (2.7″) LCD, Smart Auto & Easy modes, Hints and Tips, Optical Image Stabilizer & Motion Detection Technology, Super Vivid & Poster Effect, FaceSelf-Timer, Metal exterior, DIGIC III, Li-ion battery, VGA movies (30fps). The PowerShot A3100 IS is available from February 2010 priced at £189.00 / €219.00 RRP inc. VAT in Silver, Red or Blue:

“With genuine Canon lens technology and DIGIC III processing, the PowerShot A3100 IS and PowerShot A3000 IS offer excellent performance and great value. Both sport a new, slim and lightweight body with an attractive exterior design, combining stand-out looks with a range of intelligent technologies. The PowerShot A3100 IS is available in a selection of bright, attractive colours, offering a choice of blue, red and silver variants, while the PowerShot A3000 IS comes in silver with a subtle black trim. The new models will succeed the current PowerShot A1100 IS, and mark a true step forward for the PowerShot A series line.”

More Canon Powershot A3100 IS links: Sample Photos (Canon)