The first drops of the fall camera deluge
Here's our summary of this week's camera announcements.
Only one week's worth of camera announcements and already it feels as overwhelming as CES. But never fear: Here they are all summarized (in alphabetical order by manufacturer) for easy reading. And remember, we've got a few more weeks of them coming up, so stay tuned.
The first of Canon's camera announcements--historically the company tends to dribble them out this time of year rather than dump them in one batch--are for its midrange point-and-shoots.
Josh G. poses the question: is the new Elph 510 HSNote that it and the Elph 310 aren't replacements for their similarly named counterparts. In fact, they're not related at all. Quoth Josh: "Canon apparently just wanted to try and confuse the crap out of consumers by giving them similar series names."
I really hate that manufacturers feel like they're on a treadmill, forcing themselves to ship barely changed versions of products just to seem current. Like this one:. The least they could do is try to improve the flaws.
Talk about dribbling out your announcements: Olympus has been trickling little bits of information out all summer about its latest generation of PEN interchangeable-lens cameras.
In the latest,. It's at the lower end of the price scale, with fast innards, so it looks like it's got a shot with the point-and-shoot upgrade crowd.
Panasonic's announcements cover broader ground (and possibly aren't over yet), with something for every class of shooter. Plus, we promise not to use "reveals" as our verb of choice in headlines for a while.
The best megazoom isn't a matter of who has the longest lens; without shooting speed and good image quality it's basically just a Freudian specification. That's why when Josh askshe's talking about a new lower-resolution sensor that he hopes "might fix its photo woes."
While improved communications for direct camera-to-network image sharing are at the top of lots of wish lists, we're not sure that Panasonic's Club Lumix is the right approach., which requires that you use its new service to take advantage.
and marks it with an "X." The Lumix X series of lenses are size- and video-optimized and use some interesting tech.
In contrast to other companies that leave older products to languish or make cosmetic changes that don't address their flaws,, promising performance improvements. I want to give the company props for that. And apologize for using the wrong photo in the initial post.
While people were eagerly waiting for Nikon to drop a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model into the pool, we got splashed by a point-and-shoot cannonball instead. Still, like Canon, Nikon tends to announce in small clumps rather than all at once, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more announcements coming.
I'm sure this snazzy model will be popping up in more ads, thoughdoes sound appropriately like an end-of-summer flick. At least with its new sensor and lens it's significantly updated over its predecessor.
While I would have gone with "Little cameras, now with more zoom, more pixels!" Josh opted for the sedate announcement that. Yes, Nikon now lets you stick a 14x lens in your pocket.
The arrival of Nikon's series of projector cameras meant you didn't need to be near a TV to inflict every single one of your vacation photos on an unsuspecting audience. Now the . So, via the cloud you can now force your friends to watch photos and videos from every vacation you've ever taken. WIN!
Last to the weatherproof party, we go with a prosaic. Tip: When a reviewer uses the word "serviceable" in a product story, it does not bode well.
While I headlined it "," I just noticed that Josh's caption says, "The Coolpix P7100 has a backside only an enthusiast could love." He's kind of right about that. It's also true that the Nikon's high-end compact falls into the category of cameras with minimal updates.
Sony is the only company to announce high-end models, blanketing us with five cameras and a camcorder, three of which target shooters with $1,200 to $2,000 to spend on each piece of fancy new equipment. Plus there are some nifty accessories; if you're interested in the NEX-VG20 camcorder or the accessories, you should.
The more modest NEX-5N will likely be the bigger-selling camera, but the NEX-7, with its 24-megapixel sensor and full complement of controls and video features in a sort-of pocket-size body, really underscores.
Finally, Sony's translucent-mirror SLT series has till now been relegated to the sub-$1,000 market segment, and its new SLT-A65 will be the new top camera there, butthanks to the SLT-A77. It claims pro-level speed and build quality, but that 24-megapixel sensor might do more harm than good.