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It’s currently CES 2014 (Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas), and as expected, numerous new cameras have been announced, here’s a roundup of the new cameras announced:

Nikon:
D3300 DSLR, 24mp, entry level DSLR with a new compact zoom lens
CoolPix L29, 5x zoom
L30, 5x zoom
L330, 26x zoom, 20mp
L830, 34x optical zoom, 16mp
S2800, 5x zoom
S3600, 8x zoom
S5300, 8x zoom
S6700, 10x zoom
S6800, 12x zoom

Samsung:
NX30 – 20mp, Mirrorless with tilting EVF and screen
Galaxy Camera 2 – Android camera with 21x zoom
WB2200F – 60x zoom with dual grip ultra zoom bridge camera
WB1100F – 35x zoom ultra zoom / bridge camera
WB350F – 21x zoom travel zoom
WB50F, WB35F – 12x compact zoom

Sony:
Alpha A5000 – 20mp, WiFi, NFC, Mirrorless
Cyber-shot W830 – 8x compact camera, 20.1mp
Cyber-shot W810 – 6x compact camera, 20.1mp, with Party mode

Canon:
Powershot N100 – dual front / rear cameras – 5x zoom with Wi-Fi
Powershot SX600 HS – 18x pocket zoom camera
IXUS 265 – 12x zoom compact camera, with Wi-Fi

Fujifilm:
FinePix S1 – 50x weather sealed ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S9400W – 50x optical zoom bridge camera with Wi-Fi, 16mp
FinePix S9200 – 50x optical zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix S8600 – 36x “compact” ultra zoom bridge camera, 16mp
FinePix XP70 – Waterproof (10m), 5x optical zoom compact
Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 lens for X Mount cameras

Panasonic:
Lumix TZ60, 30x pocket/travel zoom, Wi-Fi, GPS
Lumix TZ55, 20x pocket/travel zoom, tilting “selfie” screen
Lumix LZ40, 42x ultra zoom bridge camera
Lumix SZ8, 12x zoom compact camera, Wi-Fi
Leica DG 42.5mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Kodak: details can be found on ePHOTOzine.
PIXPRO S-1 – 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera, Wi-Fi, tilting screen
+ Kodak 12-45mm and 42.5-160mm zoom lens
PIXPRO AZ651 – 65x optical zoom bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ525 – 52x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, bridge camera
PIXPRO AZ421 – 42x optical zoom, bridge camera
Smart Lens SL10 – 10x optical zoom add-on for smartphones
Smart Lens SL25 – 25x optical zoom add-on for smartphones

Sigma: 
50mm f/1.4 Art prime lens
18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OS APS-C Zoom lens

Polaroid:
Polaroid announced some cameras too, seemingly mock-ups or prototypes, and whether they’ll actually be released or not is anyone’s guess. For example, last year they announced a number of mirrorless cameras with vague details (one looked like a Nikon 1 series copy, the other a Pentax Q copy), and we’re still waiting for them to be released. Although they did release one, the Polaroid iM1836 (the Nikon 1 look-a-like), it was quickly withdrawn from the market after Nikon sued them for copyright infringement. Anyway, here’s hoping they do release some of these cameras, as the Socialmatic certainly looks interesting:

Polaroid Socialmatic – Android, Zink photo printing, 14mp front camera, 2mp rear camera, 4.5inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, due Fall 2014…
Polaroid Ultra Zoom / Bridge cameras, with Wi-Fi, and 50x, 40x, 35x, 30x, and 15x optical zoom depending on how everyone feels, and due Spring 2014.

Samsung Galaxy NX

If you ever watched Flight of the Concords and wanted to stick together your mobile phone and digital camera, then the Samsung Galaxy NX might be for you, it’s got a large 4.77inch touch screen on the back, runs the latest version of Android, and on the front features the Samsung NX mount, with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor inside. It’s also £1299 with 18-55mm lens, for the same price you could buy the Samsung NX20 (£470 with Wi-Fi), and a Samsung Galaxy S4 sim free (£438, with larger screen, and the ability to make phone calls), and you’d have around £391 left over… which you could spend on some lenses, a second mobile phone, an ipad mini, a laptop, hell, a whole host of things… anyway, I digress. Here’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung Galaxy NX (I’ve converted them all to % for ease of scoring comparisons):

WhatDigitalCamera – 86%
PCPro – 83% (5 out of 6!)
AmateurPhotographer – 82%
Pocket-Lint – 80% (4 stars)
T3 – 80% (4 stars)
ePHOTOzine 70% (3.5/5)
PhotographyBLOG 70% (3.5/5)
TrustedReviews – 70% (7/10)
Tech-Radar – 50% (2.5/5)

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 NX1000 White Swarovski EditionHere’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung NX1000 – the entry level mirrorless camera from Samsung. It features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 7/8 fps continuous shooting, built in Wi-Fi, 3 inch screen, manual controls, RAW, Full HD video and Samsung NX m0unt. The Samsung NX1000 is available in pink, white or black for £529 with 20-50mm lens, or £599 with two lenses, the additional lens being the 16mm pancake lens.

“The camera scores highly in all areas and importantly produces great image quality whilst providing excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, whether you want to upload to social network sites, or simply backup photos. The Samsung NX1000 has a plastic body available in black or white, and combined with the 20-50mm lens makes a compact camera.” source: ePHOTOzine – 4.5/5

More Samsung NX1000 reviews: PhotographyBLOG – 4.5/5, ITProPortal (Cliff Smith) – 8/10, Pocket-Lint – 4/5, PCMag – 4/5, DigitalCameraInfo – 7/10

 

Here’s a round-up of some of the latest digital camera reviews:

Sony Cybershot RX100

Serious Compact:
Sony Cybershot RX100 – 20.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

Digital SLR:
Pentax K-30 – 16 megapixel weather proof DSLR

Mirrorless / Compact System Camera:
Samsung NX1000 – with WiFi

Waterproof:
Canon Powershot D20 – 5x optical zoom lens
Panasonic Lumix FT4 – 4.6x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP170 – 5x optical zoom with WiFi

Pocket zoom:
BenQ GH200 – 12.5x optical zoom, £105.
Sony Cybershot W690 – 10x optical zoom

Ultra zoom:
Olympus SP-720UZ – 26x optical zoom lens

Compact:
Panasonic Lumix FS45 – 5x with f/2.5 bright lens
Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR – 5x compact with WiFi

Budget:
Nikon Coolpix S2600 – 5x zoom lens, only £69

Olympus PEN Mini

If you’re not making a “mirrorless” / “compact system camera” (CSC) (or ILC*) then you’re not making / growing profit, and you’re not going to get very far in the digital camera market… particularly in Japanese or UK style markets (Europe for example).* see notes on Canon.

Lets look at some of the digital camera companies, and some of the things that have been happening over the last 12+ months:

Olympus: Ignoring all the bad stuff, they have grown to be the biggest selling Mirrorless camera company in Japan for 2012 (and possibly Europe / Germany – or at least Micro Four Thirds combined). Strengths in waterproof compacts. Extremely good range of mirrorless cameras this year – catching up with Panasonic for focusing speeds.

Panasonic: Growing Mirrorless market, particularly strong in the UK. The combined forces of Panasonic and Olympus on Micro Four Thirds (M43) makes M43 the most compelling mirrorless system, with sales in Japan for 2011 for Mirrorless 1. Pana, 2. Oly, and 2012 for Mirrorless 1. Oly, 2. Pana.

Nikon: Growing market share thanks to competitive DSLR products, and entry into Mirrorless market. Entry level mirrorless said to be selling increasingly well. Increasingly popular Coolpix range of compacts (year on year growth).

Sony: Bought Konica Minolta’s DSLR business, then launched the Sony A100, they said they were going to challenge Nikon and Canon for the top spot, and considering they came from nowhere, they’re now No. 3 in DSLR sales, it’s pretty impressive and something I didn’t expect if I’m honest. Extremely innovative with traditional DSLR, then the ultra fast “Translucent Mirror” SLT / SLRs with electronic viewfinders. Also No. 3 in Mirrorless after Olympus / Panasonic / Micro Four Thirds. Some would say leaders in the image sensor business (selling sensors to Apple for the iPhone, APS-C to Nikon/Pentax, Backlit CMOS sensors to everyone etc)

Pentax / Ricoh: Profitable DSLR business, fresh investment from Ricoh should inject new life into this area, and additional mirrorless APS-C camera should improve business further (with the potentially game changing camera). Ricoh are more of a niche market with premium GR Digital series (with cult following in Japan), and Leica M mount GXR (with APS-C sensor). Ricoh are profitable with a very successful print/copier business that is used in corporate and government environments for things like sending out mailings to 40,000+ people etc Serious stuff. Pentax / Ricoh combined could be a very interesting company to watch over the next 12 months. I expect growth. Pentax Q has some success in Japan as the smallest mirrorless camera.

Kodak: Ouch (recently filed for bankrupcy protection). Here is the perfect example that backs up the following statement: You don’t make profit from cheap “and cheerful” me too style point and shoot cameras. Sold sensor business (doh!).

Minox: Recently announced they aren’t going to make “cheap and cheerful” point and shoot cameras. Instead they’ll keep making those interested “Spy cameras” and “retro classics“.

Agfa/Vivitar/HP: See Kodak.

CASIO: Recently decided to close the Casio Exilim division in the UK (still available to buy through European distributers). Some innovation in High Speed cameras, but it’s very difficult to make profit from point and shoot cameras. Strong in Japan though. A mirrorless camera would really help you grow! (Why not bring high speed sensors and image processing to Micro Four Thirds?)

*Canon: Recently the CEO stepped down as profits aren’t growing as quickly as expected. Canon are being challenged by Nikon on all DSLR fronts, and then also challenged by Mirrorless cameras. So whilst DSLRs was (and is) a profitable area, Mirrorless is challenging both compact cameras, and entry level DSLR. And at the bottom end of point and shoot, this is being challenged by smartphones with decent(ish) cameras. A mirrorless camera would really help your profits!

Fujifilm: Making a market for itself by selling premium compact cameras, X100 (selling like hotcakes, in the 100k region!), X10, X-S1 (Premium Ultra Zoom Bridge camera), X-Pro1 Mirrorless, and strong in Bridge / Ultra Zoom cameras that look like mini-DSLRs. Strong in waterproof market as they can undercut competitors on price, and presumably still make profit from it?

Samsung: Sells the NX mirrorless system, with a decent range of lenses and good image quality. Not sure how well it is doing worldwide, but a good system, that can often undercut competitors on price. Compact cameras seem to be leading the way for features: WiFi, App / Phone style GUI. Samsung don’t seem to be rated in Japan though, rest of world, yes. Compact cameras can undercut competitors, making them a popular buy.

Leica: Premium ILC / Mirrorless cameras, with a premium price – growing and profitable (as far as I’m aware). “Me Too” Panasonic cameras. Really they should get back into “bed” with Fuji and make “Me Too” (premium compacts) products from the Fujifilm X series (X10, X100, X-S1,X-Pro1) or join Micro Four Thirds 😉

Others? BenQ / Aigo / GE / Polaroid / Rollei / Praktica : – see Kodak, see Casio, unless you have an extreme niche (Ricoh) and are popular in your home market (Casio/Japan), or make a mirrorless camera then how will you grow?