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.
The latest Flip MinoHD was announced today featuring a sizable memory upgrade, an aluminum shell and a half-inch on the screen.
With the new MinoHD, you can record up to 120 minutes of HD (720p) video onto the internal 8GB of memory, doubling its predecessor. It sports a 2-inch (diagonal) screen running at a resolution of 960x240. They wrapped it all in an aluminum shell. The folks at Gizmodo got their hands on one and said “The aluminum shell feels great: Much more solid and smaller in the hand than the previous plastic version.”
The newest Flip also supports the latest Flip Video Engine, which adds some onboard editing and clipping features.
Price only jumped 30 bucks to $229 over the $199, 60 minute/4GB version. It is probably worth checking out if you’re in the point-and-shoot video recorder market.
Olympus’s Stylus 780 packs a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a crisp 2.5-inch LCD, and face-detection technology into a weatherproof camera body that is slightly larger but more stylish than the Sony DSC-W80’s.
Ever have that problem where you want to take a nice group picture of your friends, say at the Grand Canyon, and you just can’t get ‘em all in the frame? So you ask them to keep backing up a step and before you know it… oops!
The X1 makes it clear that Konica is well aware of our penchant to gravitate toward, hold, and purchase shiny objects. However, unless you care little about performance and getting the highest-quality images possible for your dollar, there are better options available.
Nikon’s D50, the company’s latest foray into the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR category, outstrips most other budget bodies in its class and kicks much point-and-shoot ass.
Much of that capability comes from the D50’s lineage. The body feels and functions like a detuned D70, which was itself a breakthrough product. The D50 sports the same imaging sensor as the more expensive D70, and delivers terrific bang for the buck.
Look into the viewfinder of a consumer-grade digital SLR and you’ll notice a startling difference compared with a film camera and the same lens: Your view is cropped, in much the same way black bars crop a widescreen movie to fit an older TV.