2013-01-14

CES Round Up Part One - Compact and Superzoom

Panasonic FS50
It’s been a very busy week in the photographic world, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. This annual trade show is held in Las Vegas and is often used by the major photography brands to unveil their latest models. In the first of a two-part blog, we’ll take a look at some of the significant models that have been announced, looking at the digital compact and superzoom models. We’ll cover the bridge, enthusiast, rugged and compact system camera models in part two.

Compact
There’s been a flurry of new compact cameras from the major brands. Panasonic have announced the FS50 and F5, together with the diminutive XS1. The FS50 and F5 are both stylish models with a 14.1 and 16.1 megapixel sensors respectively. Both models feature a 5x zoom lens, 6.7cm lcd screen, 720p HD movie shooting whilst a host of intelligent shooting modes help capture brilliant results ever time. The FS50 is available in black and silver, whilst the F5 is available in black.

Panasonic XS1
The XS1 is an amazing compact model. Just 14mm thick, it’s small enough to fit into a pocket and go with you everywhere. A 16 megapixel sensor is paired with a versatile 5x zoom lens. Offering 720p HD video recording and a wide range of intelligent scene modes, the XS1 is available in Black, Purple, Red, Silver and White.

Canon have been busy too, adding the PowerShot A1400, A3500IS and IXUS 140 to their impressive range. The A1400 is ideal for the beginner, with the optical viewfinder and 32 intelligent scene modes helping you take superb shots. 

Canon PowerShot A3500 IS
The PowerShot A3500 IS is a superb new model, combining a 16 mega-pixel sensor and 5x image stabilised lens, helping you to get great shots even in low light. The built-in Wi-Fi connectivity lets you share your images easily, but the camera’s real party piece is the GPS via mobile function. Using the Canon CameraWindow app, you can wirelessly sync the camera to your smartphone's GPS. At the end of each day, Wi-Fi can be activated to pair the captured images on the camera with the location data recorded from the smartphone. The A3500 IS is available in a choice of Silver, Red or Purple for just £129.

The IXUS 140 is a great new addition to the iconic IXUS lineup. The sleek body houses a 16 megapixel sensor and 8x zoom lens with Canon’s renowned image stabilisation, to ensure shake free images, even in low-light. Wi-Fi, GPS via mobile, 720p HD movie recording and 32 intelligent scene modes complete the impressive feature-set.

Super Zoom
Superzoom cameras get you closer to the action and are ideal for travel, days out or even everyday use. Panasonic announced four new models at the show; the TZ40 and TZ35 and the SZ9 and SZ3. The TZ40 and TZ35 are the latest additions to Panasonic’s hugely popular Travel Zoom range. 

Panasonic TZ-40
The TZ40 comines an 18.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with a 20x zoom lens (35m equivalent 24-480mm). The 7.5cm touchscreen makes operating the camera quick and easy whilst the integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity makes it easy to share your images with a smartphone or tablet. The NFC (Near Field Communication) chip allows the camera's Wi-Fi system to connect with other NFC devices such as a smartphone or tablet by just touching them together rather than having to follow a series of steps and searching for the correct network and so on. It's a big step forward in making Wi-Fi connections easy. Many cameras aimed at the traveller have GPS technology built-in, and the TZ40 is no exception. However, this is also complimented the GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), for improved coverage. 1080p movie recording and an array of shooting modes complete this impressive model.

The TZ35 uses the same 20x zoom lens, this time paired with a 16.1 megapixel sensor. It shares the same touchsreen and movie recording features of the TZ40 but omits the GPS / GLONASS and Wi-Fi and NFC functionality.

Panasonic SZ3
Panasonic also announced the SZ9 and SZ3. Both are stylish, compact models with a 16.1 megapixel sensor and impressive Leica 10x zoom lens (35m equivalent 25-250mm). The SZ3 has a 6.7cm screen, 720p video recording and a range of intelligent shooting modes. The SZ9 benefits from a larger 7.5cm screen, 1080p movie recording and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, making it easy to retrace your steps and easily share your images.

Olympus SZ-15
Olympus also announced two new superzoom models; the SH-50 and SZ-15. The SZ-15 is a stylish compact model, featuring a 16 megapixel sensor and 24x zoom lens, 7.6cm LCD screen, 720p movie shooting and 14 shooting modes, to help you get great results every time. The SH-50 is the new flagship of the Olympus superzoom range, and uses the same lens bus this time paired with a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. It offers 17 shooting modes, 1080p movie recording and features a 7.6cm touchscreen LCD, that makes operation quick and easy. The SZ-15 is available in Black, Silver and Red for just £179, whilst the SH-50 is available in a choice of Black, Silver and White for £249.

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Jon Penney
Park Cameras

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Most rugged cameras claim to withstand drops from a height
of around 1.5m – good for active kids. Some cameras resist reaching up to 3
meters in depth. It is also thanks to its solid case as to why this type of
camera is shockproof and scratch. Waterproof camera is made for taking
pictures underwater in the best quality. With a good flash light and the
ability to handle strong pressure you can take lots of pictures of the world
under the sea.

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