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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.

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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

Another week, another set of digital cameras reviewed on the web, including the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 Digital SLR – the highest resolution Digital SLR available! There are also two new competitions worth checking out, you can win a Samsung memory card every day, or you can win one of three Kodak Hero 7.1 printers.

Nikon D800 DSLR Review – 36.3mp full frame Digital SLR.
Olympus Tough TG-620 Review – Waterproof Compact, 5x zoom.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Review – 26x ultra zoom.
Olympus Tough TG-320 Review – Budget Waterproof.
Nikon Coolpix P510 Ultra Zoom – 42x optical zoom! Another review here.

Kodak Easyshare Z980
Kodak has announced they are to “phase out” digital capture devices, including digital cameras, digital camcorders (like FLIP) and digital photo frames. They had some nice bridge / ultra zoom cameras such as the Kodak Easyshare Z980, and Z990 Max and we’d expect the price of them to be dropping or on sale as retailers try to clear dead stock. Kodak say they will honour all warranties, which is useful, as we found they had the highest number of faulty cameras on ebay when we investigated. We opinioned about Kodak recently here, they are known for going a long way back in film and film cameras (ironically film will continue), and even invented the World’s first digital camera.

View the latest Kodak Easyshare cameras on Amazon UK

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?

Kodak Z5120
Kodak has announced a whole bunch of new cameras, seven if you count the dual camcorder / camera, the Playfull Zi12.

EASYSHARE SPORT Camera / C135, 14mp, 2.4inch screen, 16feet waterproof
EASYSHARE C1550, 16mp, 5x, 3inch screen
EASYSHARE Camera / M215, 14mp, 5x, 2.5inch screen
EASYSHARE Camera / M565, 14mp, 5x, 2.7inch screen
EASYSHARE Wireless Camera / M750, 16mp, 5x, 3inch screen, WiFi
EASYSHARE Camera / Z5120, 16mp, 26x, 3inch screen
Zi12 Playfull Camera/Camcorder, 12mp, Full HD

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If you’ve been looking to buy your child a digital camera for Christmas or as a birthday present, or simply to get them started in the world of photography, then you’d be forgiven for thinking a kids digital camera would be a good idea. Here we’ll have a look at whats on offer, and offer some helpful advise along the way.

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Kodak Easyshare M23
Kodak has announced a number of new cameras, including some that just appeared on the internet without any (official) announcement.

Kodak Easyshare M23 – Budget, 5x optical zoom, 14mp, red, black, £67, ePHOTOzine
Kodak Easyshare M5370 – Touchscreen, 5x optical zoom, 16mp, £148, ePHOTOzine
Kodak Easyshare M5350 – 5x optical zoom, 14mp, £121, 1001noisycameras
Kodak Easyshare Z5010 – 21x optical zoom, 14mp, £229, 1001noisycameras

Sony NEX-C3
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Sony NEX-C3 – a 16 megapixel mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor, 720p video recording, and compact body. The camera is available for £406 from Amazon UK with 18-55mm kit lens, and the camera scores “Highly Recommended” however, alternative cameras often feature full HD.

More Digital Camera Reviews:
Pentax Q Review – World’s smallest mirrorless camera – uses a compact camera sensor.
Hasselblad H4D-200ms – 200 megapixel Medium Format Digital SLR!

Other reviews:
Corel PaintShop X4 – a £50 alternative to Adobe Photoshop?
Four new Kodak Hero printers – aim to bring down the cost of ink cartridges.

Kodak Easyshare C1505
A new camera from Kodak has been announced, the Kodak Easyshare C1505, it features a 12 megapixel sensor, 2.4inch screen, fixed focus lens equivalent to 35/38mm (depending on whether you look at the specs or the picture of the camera), flash, takes two AA batteries, SD/SDHC memory, and records VGA videos. The camera is available for £49 from Kodak (via ephotozine).