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CP+ is about to happen, and here are the latest digital cameras that have been announced.

Nikon Coolpix:
P340 – Entry level serious compact, 5x optical zoom, built in Wi-Fi
S9600 – 22x optical zoom pocket camera
S9700 – 30x optical zoom pocket camera, 3inch screen, manual controls
P600 – 60x optical zoom, tilting vari-angle screen
P530 – 40x optical zoom
AW120 (Waterproof, 18m)
S32 (Waterproof, 10m), 13mp

Olympus:
Stylus Tough TG-850 (Waterproof, 10m), tilting screen for self-portraits
Stylus SP-100EE – 50x optical zoom, with dot-sight
OM-D E-M10 – compact 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera with EVF, sample photos.

Fujifilm:
X-T1 – Weather sealed compact system camera, full review.

Pentax Ricoh:
WG-4, WG-4 GPS – (Waterproof) one with GPS
WG-20 – (Waterproof)

Panasonic:
Panasonic Lumix GH4 – interchangeable lens digital camera that records 4K video – Micro Four Thirds, 16mp sensor, 12fps continuous shooting for stills.

Casio:
Casio Exilim EX-100 – Serious compact with Raw, tilting screen, 10.7x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture, and 3.5inch screen.

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.

Here’s a round-up of the latest digital camera announcements over the last few weeks, as well as the latest announcements:

Pentax X-5 Silver FrontPentax:
Pentax X-5 – the 26x optical zoom ultra zoom that looks like a Digital SLR

Canon EOS-M Mirrorless CameraCanon:
Canon EOS-M – Canon’s 18 megapixel APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with new EOS-M mount and 2 lenses, plus an EOS adapter. Due October the 19th and has a 3inch touchscreen – available for pre-order from Amazon UK
Canon Powershot SX500 IS – 30x optical zoom, Ultra zoom
Canon Powershot SX160 IS – 16x optical zoom

Nikon Coolpix S800c Android CameraNikon
Nikon Coolpix S01 – credit card sized, small sensor, 7.3gb internal memory!
Nikon Coolpix S6400 – 12x optical zoom lens compact camera, 3inch touch screen
Nikon Coolpix S800c – Android (2.3) powered camera with Wi-Fi and GPS, allows the use of apps, games etc, pictured above, it features a 10x optical zoom lens and full HD video recording.
Nikon Coolpix P7700 – f2-4 7.1x optical zoom lens, RAW shooting, manual controls
Nikon Coolpix L610 – 14x optical zoom, 16 megapixel sensor, Full HD video
Nikon 1 J2 – Nikon’s mirrorless camera updated with new effects, colour options, a smaller lens and an optional waterproof case.

Olympus SP-820UZ BlackOlympus:
Olympus SP-820UZ – 40x optical zoom
Olympus VH-410 – 5x optical zoom lens, compact, 3inch touch screen, image stabilisation

Casio Exilim ZR300 RedCasio:
Casio Exilim JE10 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours
Casio Exilim N1, N10, N20 – 5x optical zoom, multiple colours / body designs
Casio Exilim ZR300 – 12.5x optical zoom, high speed shooting, shown above.

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXRFujifilm:
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR – 20x optical zoom, Wireless image transfer

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?

Casio Exilim ZR200
Casio has announced six new compact cameras available in a number of different colours, these cameras should be available in April, with the two top of the range models offering high speed shooting at up to 40fps. There’s a hands on preview of the new Casio cameras here from CES.

ZR200, 16mp, 12.5x, 3inch, High Speed Shooting (40fps)
ZR15, 16mp, 7x, 3inch, High Speed Shooting (30fps)
ZS150, 16mp, 12.5x, 2.7inch
ZS20, 16mp, 6x, 2.7inch
ZS12, 16mp, 5x, 2.7inch
ZS6, 16mp, 5x, 2.7inch

Casio Exilim ZR100
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Casio Exilim ZR100, shown above. The new Casio Exilim ZR100 features a wide-angle 12.5x optical zoom lens (24 ~ 300mm), a 12 megapixel CMOS (back-illuminated type) sensor, high speed shooting (upto 40fps photos, 1000fps video), 3″ screen, anti-shake sensor, 1080p HD Video, and HDMI out. The Casio Exilim ZR100 is available for £249 from Amazon UK, and is also available with £50 cashback from Casio until the 31st of July 2011.

Samsung PL210ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Samsung PL210 – a compact camera with a wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens, it starts at 27mm and zooms to 270mm. It’s quite a neat little camera, but according to the review doesn’t do enough to stand out compared to the abundant competition. It also features a 3inch screen, 14 megapixel sensor, lithium ion battery, and takes microSD cards.

More pocket-zooms reviewed: Casio Exilim H30 – comes Recommended thanks to a 12.5x optical zoom lens, 1000 shot battery life, and consistent performance. If you want or need even more zoom, have a look at the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR – reviewed by NeoCamera.

More Casio reviews: Casio Exilim ZS5 and ZS10 two similar compact cameras, with 5x optical zoom lens and wallet friendly price (depending where you shop), they are available for less than £100. The Canon Powershot A3200 IS is another wallet friendly camera, available for around £105. If you want an ultra compact, then you could have a look at the stylish Canon Digital IXUS 220 HS – the HS stands for High Speed and the camera features a quick CMOS sensor.

Casio TRYX
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Casio Exilim TR100 / TRYX – a new compact camera with rotating body / screen / lens (it’s best shown in pictures) – and features a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, 21mm (equivalent) lens (with no optical zoom), 3″ touch screen, high speed shooting, HDR mode, HDR-Art, 360 Panoramic mode, ISO100-3200, HDMI out, 1920 x1080 (30fps) HD video recording, 720p video, and 240fps High Speed video, lithium ion battery and SD / SDHC / SDXC support. The camera is available in black or white, for £249. Hands-on at engadget.com.

Casio TRYX White

“Exhibiting a revolutionary design, the TRYX can turn, twist, hang and stand to get shots you never believe from angles you never thought possible. The 12 Megapixel TRYX is equipped with Casio’s new Exilim Engine HS and features an ultra-bright 3″ touch screen LCD, High-Speed CS technology, High-Speed Super Resolution Zoom and HDR-Art imaging.”

Casio Exilim ZR100
Casio offering £50 cashback on the new Casio Exilim ZR100, shown above, and £20 cashback on the Casio Exilim ZR10, shown below. There are further cashback offers on the H30 (£30), and H20G (£20). We first saw the Casio Exilim ZR10 at Photokina 2010. The new Casio Exilim ZR100 features a wide-angle 12.5x optical zoom lens (24 ~ 300mm), a 12 megapixel CMOS (back-illuminated type) sensor, high speed shooting (upto 40fps photos, 1000fps video), 3″ screen, anti-shake sensor, 1080p HD Video, and HDMI out. Read a Casio Exilim ZR100 Preview at ePHOTOzine. The Casio Exilim ZR100 is available for £270, with £50 cashback, the camera is £220.

Have a look at more UK digital camera cashback offers here

“January 5, 2011 ― Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today unveiled the 12.1 megapixel EX-ZR100, the new flagship model for the company’s popular EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Blazingly fast, the EX-ZR100 is powered by Casio’s new EXILIM ENGINE HS with dual core processors, which work together to offer consumers a high-speed shooting experience unlike any other. From high-speed image processing to slow-motion video recording, the next generation EXILIM EX-ZR100 represents a dramatic advancement beyond today’s traditional digital cameras. Also joining the EX-ZR100 is the EX-ZR10. Announced at the 2010 Photokina Expo, the EX-ZR10 is the younger sibling of the more advanced EX-ZR100, and will begin shipping in January 2011.”

Casio Exilim ZR10

The Casio Exilim ZR10 features a 12 Megapixel Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor, 28mm Wide-Angle 7X Optical Zoom Lens, CMOS Shift Stabilization, 30 Images (40fps) shooting, and High-Speed Movie (480fps), Full HD 1080 Movie Capture (H.264), Stereo Recording, HDMI Terminal, High-Speed Continuous Shutter (CS) Technology, Slide Panorama Shooting, and HDR-Art Imaging. The Casio Exilim ZR10 is available for £245, read a review of the Casio Exilim ZR10 here.

focus-on-imaging-2011 Simon Whitcomb
Focus on Imaging 2011 is over for another year, until 2012, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is over, so we thought we’d post up links to some of the most exciting products and news from Focus on Imaging:

HOT: Sony Alpha A700 / A77 DSLR Transparent Prototype @ephotozine
HOT: Fujifilm FinePix X100 Hands-On @ephotozine
HOT: Magneflash Splash Flash System Prototype @ephotozine
Nikon’s new Focus Stand and Cameras @ephotozine
New Samyang lenses for all systems including Micro Four Thirds @ephotozine
JVC Falconbrid Hands-On GC-PX1 300fps video, 60fps 10mp photos @ephotozine
New Epson Stylus Photo R3000 A3 Photo Printer @ephotozine
Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Hands-On @ephotozine
Sony Cybershot HX100v and others Hands-On @ephotozine
Casio Exilim ZR100 (30fps @10mp) Hands-On Preview @ephotozine
Kodak Easyshare Max Z990 Hands-On Preview @ephotozine
Pentax Optio S1 (in Chrome!) Hands-On Preview @ephotozine

Photo roundups from the show: ephotozine, PhotographyBlog, 10 photos at PhotoRadar. Video roundup of Focus @dpnow.com – you may even spot me! 😉 Video of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 @BJP, Art by Simon Whitcomb.