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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.

Fujifilm X100s
The Fuji X100S takes the highly-acclaimed Finepix X100 to the next level with an all-new 16 megapixels X-Trans II CMOS sensor and faster EXR CMOS processor. Bring the resolution up to 16 megapixels and dropping the anti-alias filter to maximize resolution, this model adds built-in phase-detect autofocus to provide a hybrid focusing system. It also improves upon the unique hybrid viewfinder by upgrading the EVF component to 2.4 megapixels while retaining a large bright-line OVF mode.

Neocamera just published a detailed reviewed of the Fuji X100S. The review highlights every change from the previous model and explains how it is to use a camera with a built-in prime lens. There is a gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities to demonstrate the image quality of this unique camera.

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Kodak has announced a new range of digital cameras, with the headline camera, the Kodak PIXPRO AZ521, being a 52x optical zoom lens ultra zoom with a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, full HD video, image stabilisation, 3inch screen and lithium ion battery and will be available for £249. (via ePHOTOzine)

Other Kodak cameras announced:
Kodak PIXPRO AZ362, 36x zoom, 16mp CMOS sensor, £209
Kodak PIXPRO AZ361, 36x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £189
Kodak PIXPRO AZ251, 26x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £129
Kodak PIXPRO FZ151, 15x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £99
Kodak PIXPRO FZ51, 5x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £59
Kodak PIXPRO FZ41, 4x zoom, 16mp CCD sensor, £49

Pentax has recently announced a number of new Digital SLRs, a new mirrorless camera, as well as an entry level compact, called the Efina. F’ina what? Efina. It’s a historical name from Pentax, and the Efina features a 5x optical zoom lens, and will be available for around £79, although we’d expect that price to drop quite quickly.

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New Pentax Digital SLRs – these are both the same model, except one, the K-50 is weather sealed, while the K-500 is not. The K-500 is designed as the family friendly entry level Digital SLR, while the K-50 is the step up (designed to sit above the K-30), with weather sealing. Both feature a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, ISO51200, SR Shake Reduction, and 3inch screen on the back. There’s a Pentax K-500 hands-on preview here. More details on the Pentax K-50 can be found here, and it’ll be available in 120 colour combinations.

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The new mirrorless camera from Pentax, is an update to the Pentax Q10, and the new Pentax Q7 features a slightly larger sensor, to give improved image quality, as well as a wider field of view when used with the Pentax Q lenses. The Q7 will also be available in 120 colour combinations. A preview showing the new Pentax Q7 sensor size can be found here.

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Panasonic Lumix LF1, a set on Flickr.

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is Panasonic’s latest serious compact camera, with a 12 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen, 7.1x optical zoom lens, f/2.0 – f/5.9 aperture, 10fps continuous shooting, Full HD video recording, manual controls, RAW shooting, and a built in electronic viewfinder. It’s also pretty compact, and has a control wheel around the lens. Here are a number of sample photos shot at the cameras ISO range of ISO80 up to ISO12800 – you can view the full size originals if you click them.

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Here are some sample photos from the new Ricoh GR (V), the compact camera with a large APS-C sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens (f/2.8), manual controls, RAW shooting, built in flash, flash hot-shoe and more. The photos were taken with a production version of the Ricoh GR, on a very grey day. Click to view more below.

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Panasonic Lumix LX7

Here’s a round-up of Panasonic Lumix LX7 reviews – the 10.1 megapixel “serious compact” camera features a flash hot-shoe, bright f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen on the back, manual controls, RAW shooting, image stabilisation, Full HD video with stereo sound, and is available from around £299, making it pretty good value for money. The previous version, the popular LX5, was around £329 even at it’s cheapest.

Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Photography BLOG, DPReview, Cameralabs, ExpertReviews, TrustedReviews, NeoCamera White (lowest rating).

Here is a roundup of some of the latest reviews of cameras, including the new Sony Cybershot HS50 – the 30x optical zoom pocket / travel zoom with built in Wi-Fi, and 20 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.

Travel / Pocket Zoom: compact with lots of zoom
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 Review – 30x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, Manual, Hot-shoe

Ultra Zoom / Bridge Camera:
Nikon Coolpix L820 Review – 30x optical zoom, AA
Nikon Coolpix L320 Review– 26x optical zoom, AA

Digital SLR:
Sony Alpha A58 DSLT Review – 20 mp entry level DSLR
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Review – 18mp touch screen

Mirrorless: compact interchangeable lens cameras
Olympus PEN E-P5 Hands-On Preview – 16mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Samsung NX300 Review – 20mp compact, touchscreen, Wi-Fi
Panasonic Lumix GF6 Review –  16mp compact, touchscreen
Panasonic Lumix G6 Hands-On Review – 16mp DSLR styling

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review – Waterproof, GPS, Wi-Fi
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Review – Waterproof
Pentax WG-3 GPS Review – Waterproof, GPS
Canon IXUS 255 HS Review – 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Fujifilm X20 Review – 4x zoom, premium compact

Camera Phone:
HTC One UltraPixel Review – 4mp, OIS, f/2 lens, 4.7inch screen

Samsung EX2FThe Samsung EX2F is a serious compact camera, with a tilting 3 inch AMOLED screen, manual controls, RAW shooting, flash hot-shoe, bright f/1.4 wide-angle 3.3x optical zoom lens (24mm-80mm), a 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi, optical image stabilisation, full HD video, 1cm macro, and 10fps continuous shooting to name some of the key features!

The Samsung EX2F is now only £199 – at Currys, and Amazon UK. It was around £399 when first released!

The camera has mostly positive reviews, starting with ePHOTOzine, TechRadar, Photography BLOG, TrustedReviews, with ExpertReviews possibly the least positive.