Sony on Sunday announced the addition of three new digital camera models to its Cyber-shot family, including the DSC-TX200V from the ultra-thin Cyber-Shot T series, and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the traditionally designed W series. Each of three new cameras feature a high resolution "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and improved BIONZ image processor that work together to produce better shots in low-light scenarios and enhance auto-focus speeds, Sony says.
Smartphone cameras still have some ground to make up before they can truly replace dedicated point-and-shoot, and the divide only gets wider with the release of cameras like Samsung's DV300F. The newest addition to Samsung's DualView line, the DV300F sports a pair of LCDs, one of which is a front-facing 1.5-inch screen to make sure those narcissistic shots come out just right before you upload your mug to Facebook or Google+.
Here's an interesting riddle: If integrated cameras on smartphones and cell phones are so much better than what they were just a few short years ago, why are there so many crappy mobile photos on the Internet? Figure that one out and we'll assign you a similar case related to YouTube videos. But we digress. The real point here is that smartphone cameras are continuously improving and are now responsible for snapping more than a quarter of photos and videos.
You don't necessarily need to rock a digital SLR camera to get the benefits of a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, in case you were wondering) image sensor. According to market research firm iSuppli, digital still cameras have started adopting CMOS senors in place of CCDs (charge-coupled devices) at a rapid rate. By 2013, iSuppli says there will be more CMOS point-n-shoot cameras than CCD equipped ones.
You'll have to excuse your Coolpix toting neighbor if he has a serious case of zoom envy when you proudly whip out your P500 digital camera. That's because Nikon outfitted the P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera. Combined with the Nikkor ED glass lens, Nikon promises you'll be able to hone in on your subject with exceptional clarity, even in low-light conditions.
Sigma has gone and launched a high-end compact digital camera featuring a 14-megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor, the DP2x. The new camera is the latest in the DP2 series and boasts an Analog Front End (AFE) and a faster autofocus, Sigma says. AFE is used in other Sigma cameras, like the DP1x compact and SD15 DSLR, in order to convert full color data.
Full HD recording is quickly becoming a standard feature in new point-n-shoot digital cameras, and this, along with several other features, are packed into Panasonic's new Lumix FX78 ultra-compact.
Despite its diminutive size, Panasonic equipped the FX78 with a 12.1 megapixel high-speed CCD sensor. It also boasts a new Smart Touch operation on its sizable 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD screen. One of the cooler bullet points is the ability to auto focus on a subject just by tapping it on the screen. Once touched, the FX78 tracks the subject, even if it/he/she moves about.
Other features include a Scene Selector mode, 24mm ultra-wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom, F2.5 aperture, image stabilization, face tracking, and more.
Panasonic will offer the Lumix F78 in gold and white models starting in March for an as-yet undetermined price.
More and more companies are mixing old school aesthetics with new school functionality, one of those being Fujifilm with the introduction of its FinePix X100 point-n-shoot digital camera.
Adorama has the pricey camera up for preorder at $1,200, though there's no word on when it will ship. That seems awfully high for a non-DSLR, but if you talk to Fujifilm, they'll tell you it's worth every penny.
"Inspired by the beauty and form of classic cameras from the past, the FinePix X100 combines all the latest technical digital innovations in a beautiful, traditional chassis which oozes class and prestige," Fujifilm explains.
Top-level dials made of metal offer up fine grain control over exposure when snapping 12.3MP photos. There's a programmed auto mode, aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode, and full manual mode, as well as a 2.8-inch LCD and high-speed contrast AF.
In case the SH100's 3-inch LCD screen isn't large enough, Samsung says its latest Wi-Fi enabled point-n-shoot can connect to your Android powered Galaxy S smartphone (which we presume to mean any Android phone) so you can preview shots in real time.
Perhaps that's a little gimmicky, but Samsung says you can also share your photos over the Internet and social networks, so long as you have Wi-Fi access. It can also automatically back up pics to your PC by pushing just two buttons, or by using DLNA to wirelessly connect to your HDTV and see your shots and videos right away, Samsung says.
Other features include a 14.2MP sensor, 720p movie mode, digital image stabilization, and a host of proprietary technologies. The SH100 will go on sale in March for $200.
Samsung's latest WB700 point-n-shoot digital camera lets you get up close and personal -- real close and personal -- with a 24X zoom lens. Skeptical? You should be -- it's actually a still-impressive 18X optical zoom supplemented by a 1.3X "Smart Zoom," Samsung says.
The camera sports a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH lens and a 16MP CCD sensor. Full manual control is part of the spec sheet, and so is the ability to record full 1080p high definition videos (H.264 format).
Other notable features include RAW file format support, built-in software, an advanced noise reduction algorithm Samsung says "actively cancels out the zoom noise," andd digital image stabilization.