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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.

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.

Reviews:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – compact mirrorless with 10mp sensor, high speed shooting.

Sample Photos:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Sample Photos – 50x optical zoom bridge camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Sample Photos – ultra waterproof digital camera
Nikon D7100 DSLR Sample Photos at Nikon

New Cameras Announced:
Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview – compact entry level 16mp mirrorless from Sony
Sony NEX-3N Vs Sony NEX-F3 Comparison – old model vs new
Sony Alpha A58 Hands-On Preview – new 20mp entry level DSLR from Sony
Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview – new top of the APS-C range 24mp DSLR

Compact:
Nikon Coolpix S3200 Review, budget 16mp, 6x zoom compact.
Nikon Coolpix P7700, serious compact with 7x zoom
Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Review, full-frame 24mp sensor, compact camera.
Canon Powershot D20, Waterproof Compact

Ultra-Zoom:
Canon Powershot SX50 HS, 50x optical zoom ultra zoom

Digital SLR:
Nikon D800, full-frame 36.3mp DSLR
Pentax K-5 II DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR.
Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR Review, 16mp DSLR, without the AA filter.

Mirrorless:
Fujifilm X-E1, mirrorless, 16mp, X-Mount
Sony NEX-5R Review, compact 16mp mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Review, 18mp APS-C sensor mirrorless.

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E DSLR – Image courtesy ePHOTOzine

Nikon:
Nikon D800 vs Nikon D800E 36.3 megapixels vs 36.3 megapixels, but one’s better, and more expensive.
Nikon D700 vs Nikon D800– 12 megapixel full frame vamera vs a 36.3 megapixel full frame camera.

Olympus:
Not a real Digital SLR, but it sure looks and acts like one, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 gets a 2 month user review.

Sony:
The Sony NEX-F3, an entry level mirrorless camera, with interchangeable lenses. Not a Digital SLR either, but it has the image quality to match, in a more compact package.

Sigma:
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact camera, but with an APS-C Foveon sensor straight from the Sigma SD1. Sample photos can be found here.

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?

Sony A55

Sony are offering cashback on almost their entire range of digital cameras, including Cyber-shot, NEX mirrorless compact cameras, and Sony Alpha Digital SLRs, as well as lenses and accessories! Details, and links below:

Cyber-shot:
HX100 30x optical zoom, GPS – £40 cashback Amazon UK
HX9 16x optical zoom, GPS – £40 cashback Amazon UK
HX7 10x optical zoom, GPS – £30 cashback Amazon UK
WX10 7x optical zoom – £30 cashback Amazon UK
WX7 5x optical zoom – £30 cashback Amazon UK

NEX Compact System:
NEXC3D Dual Lens – £30 cashback Amazon UK
NEXC3K Kit Lens – £30 cashback Amazon UK

Alpha Digital SLR:
SLTA55V 16mp Body – £50 cashback Amazon UK
SLTA55VY 16mp Twin Lens Kit – £50 cashback Amazon UK
SLTA35K 16mp – £30 cashback Amazon UK

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Sony NEX-5N BlackSony NEX-5N Review by ePHOTOzine – they NEX-5N is a 16 megapixel mirrorless camera from Sony, with an APS-C sized sensor, and quick 10fps shooting, with a 3inch touch screen on the back. Here’s what they had to say:

“This could be the best NEX and whilst a subtle update, it gives quicker performance in use (including an impressive 10fps shooting), better battery life, higher resolution, touch screen aids control and there are new lenses available, which will be especially good news to anyone who has already bought into the NEX system.”

Read more Sony NEX-5N Reviews: SteveHuffPhotos, WideOpenCamera.

Sony has announced four new Sony Alpha cameras, and four new lenses, the new cameras are the Sony Alpha A65, A77, and the Sony NEX-5N, and Sony NEX-7, the 5N features a 16.1 megapixel sensor, while the other three feature 24.3 megapixel sensors! The top of the range A77 features 12fps shooting, the A65 and 5N 10fps shooting.

Sony Alpha SLTs (Translucent Mirror Technology)
Sony Alpha A77, Announced, Preview (ISO shots, Video), Sample Photos.
Sony Alpha A65, Announced, Preview (ISO shots), Sample Photos.

New Alpha Mount Lens (Announcement)
16-50mm f/2.8

New Sony NEX Cameras
Sony NEX-7, Announced, Preview.
Sony NEX-5, AnnouncedFirst Impressions Review, Sample photos.

New NEX Lenses (Announcement)
Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, Sample photos.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait lens, Sample Photos.
Sony 55-210mm OSS telephoto zoom, Sample Photos.

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Reviews
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3, new mirrorless with tilting screen, ePHOTOzine.
Sony NEX C3, latest mirrorless NEX, Photography BLOG.
Nikon D5100, DSLR with Full HD Video, NeoCamera, ePHOTOzine.
Nikon Coolpix S9100, 18x optical zoom, Cameralabs, ePHOTOzine.

New Cameras:
Canon Powershot SX150 IS, 12x optical zoom, AA, more details.
Canon Digital IXUS 1100 HS, 12x optical zoom, more details.
Canon Digital IXUS 230 HS, 8x optical zoom, more details.