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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 – you may even spot me! 😉 Video of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 @BJP, Art by Simon Whitcomb.

Panasonic GH2 with 3D Lens
Yesterday saw the beginning of Photokina 2010, the largest photographic show in the world, hosted in Cologne, Germany. Whilst most new cameras have been announced over the last few weeks, there were still a number of new cameras announced at the show which we were able to have a look at, including the new Panasonic Lumix GH2 Digital SLR (shown above with 3D lens), Pentax K-5, Pentax K-r, plus more, we were a little trigger happy, and have taken over 300 photos for you to look at! Click through to see some of the highlights, and make sure you click more to see even more highlights:

New Cameras and lenses: (Highlights)
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Prototype Hands On, new Rangefinder
Panasonic Lumix GH2 DSLR and new lenses, the 14mm, and 12.5mm 3D lens
Sigma SD1 DSLR Prototype, 15.3mp x 3 Foveon sensor
Nikon D7000 DSLR, 16.2mp CMOS sensor, 3″ screen (921k pixels)
Olympus E-5 DSLR, with 12-60mm lens, and my 35mm Macro lens.
Pentax K-r DSLR, plus new 18-135mm lens, and 55-300mm, also available in pink
Pentax K-5 DSLR, with 18-55mm lens.
Olympus Zuiko Lens Concept
Leica M9 Titanium – Limited edition (500 units)
Leica D-Lux 5, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix LX5
Leica V-Lux-2 Superzoom, the Leica version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ100
Leica X1 Black Edition
Minox PX3D Concept, uses 4 x 5mp cameras, see
Minox DSC Silver – new metal finish
Samsung NX100 with 20-50mm iFunction lens, optional flash, and 20mm iFunction lens
Casio H20G Hybrid GPS,
Casio Exilim ZR10, Z2300, Z16
Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Canon Powershot G12
Canon Powershot S95
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Ricoh GXR with new ~28mm lens
GE X-5 “Darth Vader” White Edition

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BigShot Camera has made a new prototype digital camera for kids – it’s available in multiple colours, and is designed to be built and used by kids. The Bigshot camera has an LED flash, wind up power charging, and a rotating lens that allows normal, panoramic and 3D photos! (shown below) Although designed for kids, I’m sure it would appeal to adults, if it were available.

BigShot Lens

“A camera designed for kids can be much more than just a toy: it can serve as a powerful educational medium. We believe that such an educational camera must have a radically different design from that of a typical consumer camera. (a) It should be designed as a kit for assembly by students. The assembly process should not only demystify the workings of the camera, but also expose students to various science and engineering concepts. (b) It should include features that cannot be found in other cameras, allowing students to explore new creative dimensions. (c) It should be low-cost, with the potential to serve as the basis for a scalable social venture. Bigshot has been designed with these goals in mind.”

More links: Engadget, Make, Wired, TheRecord, Gizmodo

Fujifilm Real 3D Digital CameraTime Magazine has more details of the new Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D System, we had a look at the prototype at Photokina last year. The new prototype is looking much more polished, featuring two 10 megapixel sensors, stereo sound, and an expected retail price of $600, and should be available in September.

“I got a look at Fujifilm’s prototype 3-D camera last month at the company’s Tokyo headquarters, and was pleasantly surprised that it was not much bigger or heavier than some conventional digicams. The most obvious difference is that Fuji’s 10-megapixel shooter employs two lenses, spaced about the same distance apart as human eyes, which allow for the taking of simultaneous photos of the same scene from different angles. This is where the 3-D magic originates. When two slightly different images are presented discretely to the right and left eyes of a viewer, that person’s brain combines them into a single image, resulting in a stereoscopic illusion of depth.”

More Fujifilm FinePix 3D System links: Prototype at Photokina

Samsung NXSamsung have announced the new Samsung NX series – a pocketable DSLR styled camera with a larger APS-C sized sensor from a Digital SLR and interchangeable lenses – but without the through the lens optical viewfinder standard on SLRs. Very similar to the Micro Four / Thirds system, but with a slightly larger sensor size. This is just a prototype at the moment, the camera should be available in the second half of 2009.

“Samsung’s new NX Series bridges the gap between a DSLR and compact point-and-shoot digital camera by combining the benefits of both in one new model. Like conventional DSLRs, the NX Series utilizes an APS C sized image sensor providing a much larger surface area to gather light and produce higher-quality images than comparable digital camera systems. Unlike a DSLR, the NX Series does not feature a mirror box and employs an ultra-precise Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The use of an EVF has allowed Samsung engineers to significantly reduce the size and weight of the new camera system by decreasing the distance between the lens and image sensor (flange back) by approximately 60% compared to traditional DSLRs. In addition to utilizing the EVF, consumers can also take advantage of the camera’s Live View functionality to frame their shots on the NX Series’ high resolution screen.”

Further details can be found at The Online Photographer where they show the difference in sensor sizes, Serious Compacts where it’s compared to the slightly larger Panasonic GH1, and LetsGoDigital have shots of it in different colours with different lenses.

Polaroid Pogo Instant

AP have details of the new Polaroid Pogo Instant Digital Camera and Printer Prototype being shown at CES 2009, it uses the Zink printing technology, as featured in the Polaroid Pogo Mobile Printer – and should be available later this year. More details at Polaroid:

“With the push of a button consumers can select from among the digital photos on camera, crop or edit them in less than 60 seconds and print full-colour prints,’ said Polaroid UK’s marketing manager Lindsay Kelson. She said that the camera will not be available until the ‘second quarter’ of this year, though she hinted it could be out as early as April.”

DigiCamReview Best of 20082008 has certainly been an interesting year with literally hundreds of new cameras released – the majority of them all feature the same boring specifications – a standard 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5″ screen, and about 8 megapixels – but if you look closely you will find the gems – increasing numbers of cameras now feature a wide angle lens, optical image stabilisation, HD video recording, and extended optical zoom. The best example of this, and in our opinion, the best digital camera of 2008, is… Buy Viagra online

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – it scores highly on all aspects, it offers 9 megapixels, a wide angle 10x optical zoom lens, a large 3″ screen, a compact pocketable metal body, and optical image stabilisation, not only that but offers high definition video recording with optical zoom and image stabilisation. This would all be useless unless the camera backed this up with good image quality, and thankfully this camera provides that with good detail and great colour. If you had to buy only one camera this year, or indeed next, then the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 would be our choice. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review for more information – the TZ5 is available for £176.

To find out the best digital cameras, camera phones, and prototypes of 2008 continue reading…

Best Budget Digital Camera of 2008:

Canon A590 ISThe Canon Powershot A590 IS – available for £101 – this 8mp camera has it all, great image quality, 4x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, plus manual controls for the budding photographer. Read our Canon Powershot A590 IS Review. For more budget cameras read our Top 5 Best Budget Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Sony Cybershot W130, Fujifilm FinePix F40fd.

Best Compact Digital Camera of 2008:

Olympus Mju 1030SWThe Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW – available for £213 – this 10 megapixel camera features a wide angle 3.6x optical zoom, a 2.7″ LCD screen, it’s waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. Read our Olympus Mju Stylus 1030SW Review. For more compact cameras read our Top 5 Best Compact Digital Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Panasonic Lumix FX150, Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

Best Ultra Zoom Digital Camera of 2008:

Panasonic TZ5The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 – available for £176 – this 9 megapixel camera features a wide angle 10x optical zoom with image stabilisation, a 3″ LCD screen, HD video recording with zoom, and a stylish metal body. It’s packed with features and will fit in your pocket. Read our Panasonic Lumix TZ5 Review. For more great ultra zoom cameras have a look at our Top 5 Best Pocket Zoom Cameras of 2008.

Runners up: Canon Powershot SX110 IS, Ricoh R10

Best Digital SLR of 2008:

Canon EOS 450DThe Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi – a 12.2 megapixel update to the 400D Digital SLR – features 3.5fps shooting, live view shooting, 9 point AF, 3″ screen, SD memory card support, and Canon’s dust reduction system. The 450D Body only is priced at £369, the EOS 450D with 18-55mm IS kit is £433. Read our Canon EOS 450D Review. For more great Digital SLRs have a look at the Top 5 Best Budget Digital SLRs of 2008.

Runners up: Olympus EVOLT E-420, Nikon D60

Best Camera Phone of 2008:

Sony Ericsson C905Already extremely popular, the Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 takes 8 megapixel photos, features a real flash, and is available without breaking the bank, and whilst not as good at taking photos as a dedicated digital camera, the Sony C905 could make a useful second camera and shows that camera phones are catching up in quality and usability. Have a look at our sample photos.

Best Prototype of 2008:

Olympus Micro Four Thirds PrototypeUnfortunately this camera system won’t be available till next year, but should revolutionise the digital camera market by providing an interchangeable lens camera with the dimensions of a serious compact camera! Of course I’m talking about the Olympus Micro Four Thirds Prototype. Full details can be found here when we had a look at Photokina.

Other great Digital Cameras of 2008:

Fuji F100fdFor the lowest noise in a compact camera and great detail, the Fujifilm FinePix F100fd has to be commended – it takes great 12 megapixel photos, features a wide angle 5x optical zoom lens and has a compact metal body, if only it had full manual controls and a better menu system and it might have been featured above. Read our Fujifilm FinePix F100fd Review, available for £185.

Canon Powershot SX110 ISThe Canon Powershot SX110 IS – a personal favourite of mine – features a more compact body (compared to the SX100 IS), 9 megapixel sensor, larger 3″ screen, 10x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, Face Detection, Face Select & Track, Auto Red-Eye Correction, Motion Detection, 20 shooting modes including Easy Mode, ISO 1600 and is one of the cheapest new Canon’s with manual controls. Read our Canon Powershot SX110 IS Review. The SX110 IS is available in silver or black for £175.

It can be confusing trying to decide what camera to buy, but hopefully this list of the best digital cameras of 2008 has helped steer you towards a great camera that will suit you and meet your needs. Here’s to happy photographing in 2009! If you would like to see more have a look at our Top Cameras Reviewed or have a look at all of our reviews – you’ll find prices, specifications and recommended cameras.

Panasonic Lumix G1

Photokina 2008 happened last week, in Cologne Germany, where all the latest digital cameras and products were on display to see, including several new announcements and prototypes from various manufacturers. We were there to bring daily coverage of the show – here are some of the highlights of the show:

The new Panasonic Lumix G1 Digital SLR is the smallest Digital SLR currently available – have a look at our Panasonic Lumix G1 Preview

The new Nikon D90 is the world’s first Digital SLR to provide High Definition video recording – we had a look at it here

Fujifilm are developing the world’s first 3D digital camera – with two lenses, and a 3D screen! Have a look here. They also announced their new Fujifilm Super CCD EXR Sensor – this promises to give excellent low light performance (like the “classic” Fuji F30 loved by many), excellent dynamic range, and high resolution shots as well.

Lomography were showing that analogue film cameras can still be fun with several cameras on display

Minox announced a mini spy camera with seperate flash and screen.

Sigma announced 2 new cameras – the Sigma SD15 and DP2 – both use the 14 megapixel foveon sensor.

Leica surprised almost everyone by announcing a new 37 megapixel (!) Digital SLR – the S2. They also mentioned a new camera under development, the Leica R10.

Olympus showed two new prototypes – a compact micro four thirds camera, and a new Digital SLR

There was also a lot of interest in the new Canon Powershot cameras, including the new Canon Powershot G10.

Lows of Photokina 2008: Being stranded in Cologne / London as flights were cancelled! The Canon Powershot A1000 IS and A2000 IS have lost manual controls, meaning you will need to spend more money if you want manual controls on a Canon camera. The decline of Vivitar.

To see all the Photokina 2008 content including lots of photos view the full Photokina 2008 report here.

Fujifilm 3D Prototype

Fujifilm have announced plans to sell a 3D digital camera – and were showing this prototype at Photokina – the camera features 2 lenses, 2 sensors, and a 2.8″ 3D screen on the back. The camera was a 6 megapixel model, records videos in 3D and should be available next year. They were also showing a prototype 3D screen.

“Fujifilm today announces a radical departure from current imaging systems with the development of a completely new, real image system (3D digital camera, 3D digital photo frame, 3D print) that marks a complete break from previous attempts to introduce this technology.”

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Fujifilm 3D Prototype