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January 31st, 2009

Nikon S560 Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Nikon Coolpix S560DigitalCameraReview has posted their review ("Image quality and color are very good") of the Nikon Coolpix S560, a compact digicam with 10MP resolution (on a 1/2.33" CCD), 5x optical zoom (34.8-174mm equiv.) with optical image stabilization and 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD.

Canon EOS 50D Review @ TrustedReviews

Canon EOS 50DTrustedReviews has posted their review of the Canon EOS 50D [Specs], a DSLR that "provide[s] great picture quality," with 15.1MP resolution (on an APS-C 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS sensor), 3.0-in. high resolution (920,000 dots) LCD with Live View (and remote Live View) shooting, 6.3 fps up to 90 JPEGS using UDMA CF cards; 60 consecutive JPEGS or 16 RAW using standard CF cards, 9 cross-type high-precision sensors and diagonal center cross-type AF point, and Integrated Cleaning System.

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January 30th, 2009

Canon G10 Review @ Imaging Resource

Canon PowerShot G10Imaging Resource has posted their review ("we've used no finer digicam") of the Canon PowerShot G10 [Specs], a compact prosumer that "produces sharp images that show pleasing exposure, vivid colors, and nice contrast," with 14.7MP (1/1.7-in. sensor) resolution, 5x wide-angle optical zoom (28-140 mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, and a large 3.0-in. high resolution LCD (461,000 dots). Optional accessories include a Remote Switch, Macro Ring Lite and Macro Twin Lite.

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January 28th, 2009

Olympus E-520 Review @ Imaging Resource

Olympus E-520Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Olympus E-520 [Specs], a DSLR with image quality that holds "its own with competing cameras in its class right through ISO 800". The E-520 has 10MP resolution (on a 17.3x13.0mm Four Thirds Live MOS sensor), Sensor-shift image stabilization, 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD monitor, Live View with either Contrast-Detect AF or Phase-detect AF, Continuous Shooting at 3.5fps (8 frames RAW), Dust Reduction and Wireless Flash capability.

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January 27th, 2009

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Panasonic Canada today announced five new additions to its award winning LUMIX digital camera line-up

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3Panasonic Canada Inc. announced five new digital cameras, including its first TOUGH design with waterproof, dustproof and shockproof protection with AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. The popular TZ-series ultra zoom is now replaced with the ZS-series, featuring 12x optical zoom, an even smaller body size, a 25mm wide-angle lens, and AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities.

[ Continue reading Panasonic 2009 Lumix Digital Cameras... ]

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January 26th, 2009

Sony A900 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Sony alpha DSLR-A900PhotographyBLOG has posted their review ("resolution is jaw-dropping, the dynamic range is fantastic, the tonality is great") of the Sony alpha DSLR-A900 [Specs], a full-frame DSLR with 24.6MP resolution, in-body Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, and Dust Shake Technology. There's no Live View and no video capability and noise is high at ISO 1600.

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January 23rd, 2009

Olympus E30 Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Olympus E30DigitalCameraReview has posted their review of the Olympus E30, a semipro DSLR that has "all the right features to make this model appealing to the enthusiast market" and is vertically targeted to the artist photographers with six Art Filters, 12.3MP resolution high-speed Live-MOS sensor, multiple exposures, Digital Level Sensor, and swivel 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots), Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Wireless Flash System, and Dust Reduction Technology.

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January 22nd, 2009

Olympus SP-565 UZ Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Olympus SP-565 UZPhotographyBLOG has posted their review ("handles well and is intuitive to use") of the Olympus SP-565 UZ [Specs], an ultra zoom with 10MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD), 20x wide-angle optical zoom (26-520mm equiv.) with Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 2.5-in. (230,000 dots) LCD, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Pre-Capture Technology, RAW file format and PASM full exposure flexibility.

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January 21st, 2009

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OLYMPUS HELPS NEW SHOOTERS MOVE TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS

Consumers Will Learn Essential Photography Skills from the Pros This Spring

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 21, 2009 - Olympus launches new photography classes for beginner and intermediate users of Olympus E-System digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Kicking off in February, the classes are designed for consumers who purchased or received cameras during the holidays and are interested in learning about the art and science of photography. The half-day courses will be held at six locations throughout North America. Olympus Technical Representatives, experts in photography and Olympus products, will lead the sessions and help attendees elevate their picture-taking abilities to the next level.

[ Continue reading Olympus Photography Classes... ]

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January 20th, 2009

Panasonic FZ28 Review @ Imaging Resource

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 [Specs], an ultra zoom with 10.1MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD), 18x wide-angle optical zoom (27-486mm equiv.) with optical Image Stabilization, 2.7-in. (230,000 dots) LCD, shutter speed of 60-1/2,000 sec., RAW file format, HD movie and full exposure flexibility.

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January 19th, 2009

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES THREE NEW FS-SERIES CAMERAS TO POPULAR LUMIX DIGITAL STILL CAMERA LINE

LUMIX DMC-FS15, DMC-FS7 and DMC-FS6 Feature Enhanced Intelligent Auto Technologies to Combine Simple Operation with Slim, Stylish Design

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 19, 2009) - Panasonic Canada today announced three new additions to its LUMIX FS-Series of digital cameras, the DMC-FS15, DMC-FS7 and the DMCFS6. The FS models, a stylish sister line of the highly-acclaimed LUMIX FX-Series, combine easy operation with a slim and sleek look, enabling both beginner and advanced users to take beautiful digital photos with a model they can slip in their pockets.

[ Continue reading Panasonic FS15, FS7 and FS6... ]

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PANASONIC INTRODUCES DMC-LS85 AND DMC-LS86 AA-BATTERY POWERED DIGITAL CAMERA WITH 4x OPTICAL ZOOM AND BRIGHT F2.8 LENS

New 8.1-Megapixel LUMIX Models Feature Intelligent Auto Mode for Ultimate Ease of Operation, Suitable for Digital Photographers of All Levels

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS86MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 19, 2009) - Panasonic Canada today introduced two new additions to its acclaimed LUMIX line of digital cameras, the 8.1-megapixel DMC-LS85 and the DMC-LS86. Encased in a compact design and powered by AA batteries, these models offer a powerful 4x optical zoom and bright F2.8 quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens at an affordable price.

[ Continue reading Panasonic LS85 and LS86... ]

Panasonic G1 Review @ DPReview

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1DPReview has posted their review ("on par with the very best in the entry level DSLR") of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 [Specs], the first mirror-less Digital Interchangeable Lens system camera with 12.1MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS Sensor), 3.0-in. high resolution (460,000 dots) Free-angle LCD with Live View, fast Contrast Detect AF, high resolution (480,000 dots for a 1,440,000 dots equivalent) EVF at 60fps refresh, eye sensor, Dust Reduction, Scene Modes and full exposure flexibility.

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January 17th, 2009

Nikon P6000 Review @ DCRP (dcresource)

Nikon Coolpix P6000DCRP (dcresource) has posted their review ("Good photo quality at low ISOs") of the Nikon Coolpix P6000 [Specs], with 13.5MP resolution (on a 1/1.7-in. CCD sensor), 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), optical VR image stabilization, 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD monitor, PASM modes, RAW file format, and GPS geo-tagging capability.

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January 16th, 2009

Panasonic FX150 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150PhotographyBLOG has posted their review ("one of the best options for the more discerning photographer") of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 [Specs], an ultra compact with 14.7MP resolution (on a 1/1.72-in. CCD), 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom (28-100mm equiv.) with optical Image Stabilization, 2.7-in. (230,000 dots) LCD, shutter speed of 60-1/2,000 sec., RAW file format, and HD movie.

Casio EX-Z300 Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Casio EXILIM EX-Z300DigitalCameraReview has posted their review ("Fun to use") of the Casio EXILIM EX-Z300, a strictly point-and-shoot digital camera with 10.1MP (on a 1/2.3-in. CCD), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), and 3.0-in. LCD (230,400 dots).

Sony A900 Review @ Focus Numérique [Fr]

Sony alpha DSLR-A900Focus Numérique [Fr] has posted their review of the Sony alpha DSLR-A900 [Specs], a full-frame DSLR with 24.6MP resolution, in-body Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, and Dust Shake Technology. There's no Live View and no video capability and noise is the high disappointment ("Malheureusement, la gestion du bruit électronique n'est pas véritablement à la hauteur des prétentions du boîtier.").

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January 15th, 2009

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CANON CANADA GETS AN A-PLUS FOR ITS COLOURFUL NEW POWERSHOT A480 DIGITAL CAMERA

The sleek new design of the PowerShot A-series digital camera offers Canadians Canon’s most cost-efficient model with increased performance and quality

Canon PowerShot A480MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 15, 2009 - Canon Canada Inc., the leading provider of digital imaging solutions, today announced the newest member of the popular A-series PowerShot digital camera line, the 10.0 megapixel PowerShot A480. The new digital camera features a 3.3x optical zoom lens (37 mm - 122 mm), Canon’s DIGIC III image processor and a large 6.35-centimetre LCD display. Available in four eye catching colours – King Silver, Queen Red, Bishop Blue and Knight Black – this compact camera is the perfect travel companion for the photographer on the go.

[ Continue reading Canon PowerShot A480... ]

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January 14th, 2009

Canon SX1 IS Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Canon PowerShot SX1 ISPhotographyBLOG has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS [Specs], an ultra zoom digital camera with its 10MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 20x wide-angle optical zoom (28-560mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 2.8-in. Vari-angle LCD (230K dots), HD movie (1920x1080) @ 30fps, PASM modes, Intelligent Contrast Correction, Face-Detection, Face-Detection Self-timer and RAW file format. According to PhotographyBLOG, the SX1 IS "is more expensive than most consumer-level DSLRs".

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January 12th, 2009

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SD CARD ASSOCIATION (SDA) ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION SD MEMORY CARD STANDARD, SDXC

Panasonic, a Founder of the SDA, Announces Support of SDXC

MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 12, 2009) - The SD Card Association, of which Panasonic is a founder, has announced the next generation SD Memory Card, the SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity), a new standard for storing data more than 32 GB and up to 2 terabytes (TB).  This standard will be the specification for SD Memory Cards with capacities more than 32 GB and their host devices.  The new cards will provide capacities in the future ranging up to 2 TB at read/write speeds of 300 megabytes per second.

[ Continue reading Panasonic SDXC... ]

Canon SD990 IS Review @ DigitalCameraReview

Canon PowerShot SD990 ISDigitalCameraReview has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SD990 IS [Specs], a compact digicam with 14.7MP (on a 1/1.7-in. CCD) resolution, 3.7x optical zoom (36-133 mm equiv.) with optical Image Stabilization, 2.5-in. (230K dots) LCD, and Color Accent scene mode.

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January 10th, 2009

Olympus SP590 UZ Preview @ DigitalCameraReview

Olympus SP590 UZDigitalCameraReview has posted their hands-on preview of the Olympus SP590 UZ with 12 MP resolution (1/2.33 in. CCD), 26x wide-angle optical zoom (26-767mm equiv.), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots), Pre-Capture feature, Face Detection AE/AF, In-Camera Panorama stitching, Movie 640x480 @ 30fps, Shadow Adjustment technology, PASM.

Kodak M1093 IS Review @ DCRP (dcresource)

DCRP (dcresource) has posted their review of the Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS with 10.1 MP resolution (1/2.3 in. CCD), 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv.), Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. wide-angle viewing LCD (230K dots), Smart Capture feature, Face Detection technology, In-Camera Panorama stitching, Perfect Touch technology, HD pictures and Video (1280 × 720 @ 30 fps, continuous up to 30 min.).

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January 8th, 2009

Sony Digital Cameras

SONY UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST WI-FI DIGITAL CAMERA WITH WEB BROWSER

Cyber-Shot Camera Lets You Share Your Memories in the Moment

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3LAS VEGAS (CES Keynote), Jan. 8, 2009 – With a focus on making photo sharing easier and more convenient, Sony today introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi® enabled digital camera that uploads photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot due to its built-in Web browser.

[ Continue reading Sony G3... ]

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January 7th, 2009

Sony Digital Cameras

NEW SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERA GETS EVEN MORE INTELLIGENT YET STILL VERY PRACTICAL

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2009 – Sony today announced a new 12-megapixel Cyber-shot® camera (model DSC-W220) that combines powerful imaging features with intelligence to make taking great pictures easy.

The entry-level W model has features that until now were only found in high-end models (DSC-W150 and DSC-W170), including Intelligent Scene Recognition and Dynamic Range Optimizer.

[ Continue reading Sony W220... ]

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INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL ULTRA ZOOM: THE 26X OPTICAL WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM OLYMPUS SP-590UZ

Incredibly Versatile Zoom Lens Combined with 12 Megapixels, Dual Image Stabilization and Ultra High-Speed Sequential Shooting to Capture the Action Far, Wide and Up Close

Olympus SP-590 UZCENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2009 - Olympus rewrote the rule book again for how powerful a point-and-shoot camera’s zoom can be with the launch of the new 26x optical zoom SP-590 Ultra Zoom. Its extremely versatile zoom lens can capture extraordinary images at virtually any distance – from a delicate flower close up to wide-angle photographs of friends posing before the vast Grand Canyon, or even images shot from the back row of the stadium that look like they were taken courtside.

[ Continue reading Olympus SP590 UZ... ]

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OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH SERIES CAMERAS DARE THE WORLD TO BRING IT ON!

Stability Meets Durability: Shakeproof Dual Image Stabilization Added to Shockproof, Waterproof and Freezeproof Design of STYLUS TOUGH-8000 and STYLUS TOUGH-6000 Cameras

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2009 - There’s really only one word to describe the new shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof cameras from Olympus: Tough! Built to withstand some of the harshest environments on earth, the Stylus Tough series builds on the impressive specifications of the renowned Stylus SW Series by adding Dual Image Stabilization. Now, when the STYLUS TOUGH-8000 and STYLUS TOUGH-6000 arrive at the windy mountain peak or dive into choppy waves, they stay steady and ready to capture blur-free images in virtually any condition.

[ Continue reading Olympus TOUGH 8000 and 6000... ]

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NEW OLYMPUS STYLUS® CAMERAS “GO THE DISTANCE” WITH POWERFUL OPTICAL ZOOMS IN ULTRA COMPACT DESIGNS

10x Wide-Angle Zoom STYLUS-9000 and 7x Zoom STYLUS-7000 Deliver 12 Megapixels, Dual Image Stabilization, Intelligent Auto, Face Detection and In-Camera Panorama

Olympus Stylus 7000CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2009 - Impressive zoom power that brings action incredibly close and compact bodies designed to be taken along for the ride, make the STYLUS-9000 and STYLUS-7000 two of the most powerful premium Stylus cameras ever. The 10x wide-angle optical zoom STYLUS-9000 and the 7x optical zoom STYLUS-7000 are stylish compact models with 12 megapixels of detailed resolution for capturing brilliant images, and features like Dual Image Stabilization, Intelligent Auto, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology and In-Camera Panorama that take the guesswork out of great photography.

[ Continue reading Olympus Stylus 9000 and 7000... ]

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OLYMPUS STYLUS-550WP OFFERS WATERPROOF POINT-DUNK-AND-SHOOT FUN

The Perfect Digital Compact Camera for Fun in the Sun with 10 Megapixels, Intelligent Auto Mode, Face Detection and More

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2009 - Olympus, the company that introduced shockproof/waterproof cameras to mass consumers in 2006, announces the new STYLUS-550WP. Thanks to waterproofing technology adopted from Olympus’ Stylus® Tough series cameras, the new Stylus waterproof camera is optimized for consumers who want to take stunning images of their aquatic adventures, making it the perfect pool companion.

[ Continue reading Olympus Stylus 550WP... ]

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NEW SUPER-SLIM OLYMPUS FE-SERIES CAMERAS ARE EASY TO USE, EASY TO CARRY, EASY ON THE EYES AND WALLET

Slim Point-and-Shoots Use Image Stabilization, Intelligent Auto, Advanced Face Detection, and Video Recording to Deliver Quality Images

Olympus FE-5010CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2009 - If two is company and three is a crowd, you’ll want to invite all your friends to the party and capture every enjoyable moment with three crowd-pleasing, smart and stylish FE series digital compact cameras from Olympus that offer something for everyone. The super-slim bodies of the new FE-3000, FE-3010 and FE-5010 are full of smart digital technology, but offered at affordable prices, so when tucking the camera away in your pocket or purse, you’ll still have some money left for party favours.

[ Continue reading Olympus FE-5010 and 3010... ]

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Olympus Compact Digital Camera 2009 Spring Products Line-up

From 26x Optical Wide-Angle Ultra Zoom to Waterproof and Shockproof features, nine new models offer hassle-free shooting

Olympus SP-590 UZOlympus today announces its Spring 2009 compact digital camera line-up. Leading the nine new models is the SP-590 UZ with 12MP resolution, 26x optical wide-angle ultra zoom (26-676mm equiv.), image stabilization, a large 2.7-in. LCD, Intelligent Auto, Face Detection & Smile Shot, Hot Shoe & Wireless Flash Compatibility, Ultra Hi-Speed Seq. Shooting with Pre-Capture, and HD output.

[ Continue reading Olympus Spring 2009 Line-up... ]

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January 6th, 2009

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New introductions from Kodak deliver brilliant images, unique ways to create and easy ways to connect

Pocket-sized HD Digital Video Camera and 24x Ultra-Zoom Digital Camera highlight Kodak launches at 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2009 - Kodak Canada Inc. today introduced new products and services that make it easier than ever for consumers to make the most of life's moments, from go-anywhere High Definition video recording to simple, automatic capture of brilliant images.

[ Continue reading Kodak CES 2009... ]

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Kodak expands its line of Smart Capture enabled digital cameras

New models include Powerful 24x zoom and sleek compact with 5x zoom

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2009 - Kodak Canada Inc.  today announced new additions to its digital camera line, led by the high-zoom KODAK Z980 Digital Camera, featuring outstanding control and Kodak's innovative Smart Capture feature that consistently delivers high quality images.

Featuring a wealth of power and versatility, the KODAK Z980 Digital Camera offers a 26 mm wide angle, professional quality, 24X image stabilized optical zoom lens, a vertical shutter release and a hot shoe, all at an affordable price.

[ Continue reading Kodak Z980 IS... ]

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Rugged new KODAK Digital Video Camera enables on-the-go HD video capture

Never miss a moment with pocketable and weather-resistant video companion

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2009 - Kodak Canada Inc. today introduced the new KODAK Zx1 Digital Video Camera, a compact and rugged digital device that enables "go-anywhere" High Definition recording.

The Zx1 allows users to shoot and share high-quality video quickly and simply, with 720p HD video capture - at 60 or 30 fps - a vibrant 2.0-inch LCD screen, and built-in software for easy editing and sharing of content to YouTube(tm) and other social media and networking websites.

[ Continue reading Kodak Zx1 Digital Video Camera... ]

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January 5th, 2009

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CANON CANADA PACKS A PUNCH WITH A POWERFUL NEW CAMCORDER LINE-UP FOR 2009

New Camcorders Offer Advanced Technology for Higher Image Quality and Easy Operation Across a Variety of Recording Formats

Canon Vixia HF S10MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 5, 2009 - Canon Canada Inc, a leader in digital imaging technology, announces an exciting new line of five VIXIA high definition and five standard definition camcorders, which are available in a variety of different recording formats, including Flash Memory.  The camcorders retain Canon’s core imaging technologies, but add a wide selection of new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility for sharing and storing memories.

[ Continue reading Canon 2009 Camcorders... ]

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January 4th, 2009

Kodak Z980 With 24x Zoom

Kodak will be revealing a 24x image stabilized wide-angle optical ultra zoom (26-624mm equiv.) at CES 2009 on January 8. As is increasingly the case with many point-and-shoot cameras, Kodak is also introducing a new "Smart Capture" feature that analyzes scenes and adjusts camera settings automatically. The Kodak Z980 also features a vertical shutter release with detachable vertical grip, HD picture and video capture and a Hot shoe for optional KODAK P20 zoom flash. It will be available at US$399.95 MSRP Spring 2009.

Sony A900 vs. Canon 5D MK II

Sony alpha DSLR-A900This is Luminous Landscape's third article about the Sony alpha DSLR-A900 [Specs] in as many weeks, praising the Sony A900 ("offering great image performance and handling") -- a full-frame DSLR with 24.6MP resolution, in-body Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, and Dust Shake Technology. There's no Live View and no video capability (both of which the Canon 5D MK II has) and noise is low only up to ISO 800, which for some might be a deal breaker.

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January 2nd, 2009

DSLR Video

Mike Chaney has a very interesting article on Steve's Digicams about the state of DSLR Video as currently available only on the Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It is balanced, quite informative and places the DSLR video feature in the right context.

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January 1st, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Happy New Year!We hope the past year has been good for you and offer our best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year 2009!

This should be an exciting year. We hope this is the year we see the larger APS-sized image sensors being introduced into the compact non-DSLR digital cameras, which should in one swoop eliminate the image quality disparity between the compact digicams and the DSLRs. Being able to take low noise high ISO pictures remain the number one desire of point-and-shoot photographers.

The worldwide economic slowdown many of us are going through, including the major camera manufacturers, might mean a reshuffling of the deck with one of the minor players exiting the field.

Of the traditional camera manufacturers, Nikon and Canon will continue to rule the DSLR category, each fighting for the ultimate top spot. Unfortunately, we have seen major quality control issues start to surface as they push the technological limits.

Of the non-traditional camera manufacturers, watch Panasonic as they position their microFourThirds System standards and mirrorless DSLRs as the Next Best Thing with smaller and lighter DSLRs and lenses. They need to improve the low noise high ISO capability of their image sensors or they will have a hard time competing with the new compact digicams with APS-sized image sensors that we expect (hope) will be introduced in 2009. Panasonic more or less rules the compact digicams category today but again the introduction of APS-sized image sensors in compact digicams can reverse that leadership position overnight.

Watch Olympus as they decide whether to develop for the microFourThirds System all the way or just put in an appearance in a show of support for their partner, Panasonic. Will the FourThirds System survive, especially if they cannot deliver the same low noise high ISO characteristic of APS-sized and full frame image sensors? Is this the year that Olympus introduces a full frame DSLR? It will be interesting to see if Leica continues to be part of the Panasonic/Leica partnership, with Leica rebranding Panasonic digital cameras. Will Leica adopt the microFourThirds standard?

Watch Sony. Not sure what their strategy is or whether thay have a coherent one, probably still leaning heavily on brand loyalty to sell their cameras.

In other words, will we see more of the same (with incremental improvements) this year -- or will this be the year we witness the redefinition of the camera, whether the compact digicams or the DSLRs?

The Next Big Thing for compact digicams is the use of the larger APS-sized image sensors that will at last make taking quality snapshots without flash in low-light situations a pleasant reality. However, since most compact digicams are rebranded, we probably will see this improvement first only in the compact top-of-the-line prosumer models.

The Next Big Thing for entry-level DSLRs is better Live View and larger and brighter viewfinders. Manufacturers can either improve the low noise high ISO characteristics of their image sensors -- or continue to push more megapixels on consumers. It does not matter that in theory more megapixels equate to better definition on paper if photographers cannot see the improvement in real life pictures.

Thank you all for your support during last year and we hope you will continue to support this site and make it possible for us to bring you all the features you have told us you love: the easy-to-understand Tutorials, the Reviews Matrix that conveniently gather all the great reviews on one page, the Buyer's Guide listing all the current digital cameras in categories, the Reviews written in plain language, the QuickFact Sheets to help you learn the most important features of a camera (leaving the "gimmicks" out of the picture), and more.

We will continue to report on the latest news on digital cameras. As usual, we will try to spare you the marketing spiel and be judicious on what we report so you are not inundated with news. We are also working on a redesign of the site, so look out for it sometime in the next few months. We are working on other improvements and have lots of plans -- just not enough hours in the day to implement all of them!

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