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All posts tagged "point and shoot"


Friday, December 10, 2010

Samsung Research Shows Britons Are Confused by Cameras; Dispels "Stupid Americans" Myth?

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.photographyblog.com/news..._their_cameras/

"New research from Samsung reveals over a third of Brits are under-using their cameras, more so than other technologies such as mobiles or laptops. A quarter admit to feeling worried when they press a button which produces a display they don’t recognise and just over one in ten say they are so confused by their cameras that they hand it to someone else to take the shots."

Idiot mode: Use it! (Image from Panasonic)

While this is a report commissioned by Samsung for the launch of its latest camera, the NX100, and the new lenses with the iFunction system (essentially a custom button on the lens), I would like to point out that if you can use the camera that comes with a phone, you can use any point-and-shoot, just that now you have optical zoom as well. The other functions? Well, I'd like to say that nowadays, they're fairly optional for casual users. Most cameras have an "Idiot Mode", so just set to it and go. I suspect Samsung purposely asked questions in the vein of "Do you know how to change the ISO with one button?" in an attempt to make their product look superior. What do you guys think?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

DigitalRev: Does the Low-Light Prowess of the Canon SD4000 IS Amount to Anything?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

"In this video we take a look at the recently released Canon IXUS 300 HS, which benefits from the new High Sensitivity system that gives it good low light performance. We take it out for some test shots and compare it to the PowerShot S90 and the IXUS 210 to see which one is the worthiest of the lot."

DigitalRevTV is one of my favourite technology video producers on YouTube, and in this video they compare the Canon IXUS 300 HS (known as the SD4000 IS in North America) to the Canon S90. It's well worth watching if you're considering either compact point and shoot camera.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nikon About to Go Head to Head With Canon's G11?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 AM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/03/02/n...ikonRumors.com)

"Nikon's UK Senior Product Manager Kevin Egan told AP that Nikon planned to release a Canon G11 competitor with the last batch of Coolpix cameras, but the camera was not ready. The model in question will contain DLSR technology in a "high-end Coolpix compact camera" body. No release date was mentioned. The full article can be found here."

Interesting stuff! Canon has had a real hit on their hands with the G9/G10/G11 series - it's a point and shoot-sized camera that produces much better images than your average point and shoot. The G11 in particular came out with a lower-resolution sensor than the G10, yet because of that it can produce higher-quality images. Nikon has always had that gap in their product line up: you go from their point and shoot line, which takes pictures like you'd expect from a P&S camera, and jump up to the D3000. There's nothing in between, and it seems like Nikon might be filling that gap with a new model shortly. I adore Nikon DSLRs, but their point and shoot cameras have always left me feeling ho-hum. That might change if these rumours prove to be true!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Nikon Announces Spring 2010 COOLPIX Line of Digital Cameras

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:10 PM

"Mississauga, ON, February 2, 2010 - Nikon Canada today introduced eight new COOLPIX cameras to its popular line-up of compact digital cameras, including one Performance-series, four Style-series and three Life-series cameras. Nikon continues to lead innovation in the ever-evolving categories of compact digital cameras as demonstrated with the introduction of a CMOS sensor and 26x optical zoom lens into its flagship Performance-series COOLPIX P100. Nikon has also equipped five of its new COOLPIX cameras across all three series with HD movie capabilities, making creating and sharing memories fun and easy. Elegantly designed compact cameras in vibrant must-have colours to suit personal style are a hallmark of the COOLPIX line, including the new COOLPIX S8000, COOLPIX S6000, COOLPIX S4000, COOLPIX S3000, COOLPIX L22 and COOLPIX L21. Additionally, the new COOLPIX L110 offers 15x super zoom and HD video recording with stereo sound and easy shooting versatility."

Nikon has kicked out a boatload of new cameras, and they've done it at 11pm Eastern Time. It's time for me to head to bed you see, so rather than giving you analysis of what Nikon has released, I'm going to say that the most noteworthy thing I see here is that Nikon is finally offering point and shoot cameras with 720p video - meaning they've caught up to what Panasonic and others were doing in 2008. I'm a huge fan of Nikon DSLRs, but when it comes to their point and shoot cameras, historically they haven't been on the cutting edge. This group of new cameras looks like it's competitive with what's out there now. What do you think? Am I missing anything? Do any of these cameras stand out to you?

The remainder of the press release is after the break, along with a couple of other images. Read more...


Monday, January 18, 2010

Samsung Releases HZ35W and HZ30W Mega-Zoom Compact Digital Cameras

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:22 PM

http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/...x?pagetype=type

"Ridgefield Park, NJ (January 18, 2010) - Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the addition of two new models to its HZ-Series of high zoom, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The 12-megapixel HZ35W and HZ30W offer the same wide-angle 24mm Schneider lenses as their predecessors, the HZ15W and HZ10W, but extend the telephoto capability of the range from a 10x optical zoom to an impressive 15x optical zoom. In addition, the HZ35W comes equipped with a super clear and sharp 3.0" AMOLED display and built-in GPS technology for the automatic geo-tagging of images from anywhere in the world. "These cameras represent what consumers can expect from Samsung," said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. "From their powerful optics to the exceptional combination of features which make snapping perfect pictures every time effortless, Samsung's new HZ-Series goes above and beyond what's expected from a point-and-shoot and raises the bar even higher for this class of high zoom compacts.""

Cramming a 15x optical zoom into a body only 1.1 inches thick is no small feat, but adding GPS and a three inch AMOLED screen on top of that is quite impressive. Due to be shipping in March 2010 for an unknown price point - honestly, why send out a press release with no MSRP? - the HZ35W looks like a camera designed to compete with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and the Canon SX-200 IS. The remainder of the press release is after the break, along with more images. Read more...


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Loving My Panasonic Lumix GF1 So Far...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:54 PM

My Panasonic Lumix GF1 [affiliate] showed up yesterday - courtesy of a friend in the USA who shipped it to me - and I'm really enjoying experimenting with it. Everything I read in review about this product is true: with the 20mm f/1.7 lens on it, the GF1 is much smaller than even the smallest DSLR - and I have a Nikon D5000, which is tiny for a DSLR. Because of the size, you feel inspired to use the GF1 in different ways, and take pictures you'd typically use a point and shoot camera for. My initial impressions of the GF1 are very positive - I've shot an unboxing video that I'll be producing and uploading within the next week. It's too early for me to tell if this camera is as good as I was hoping it would be, but thus far I'm having a lot of fun with this camera - more so than any other camera in recent memory. Another photo after the break. Read more...


Friday, August 28, 2009

Canon Releases a Bunch of New Point and Shoot Cameras...Again

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.canon.ca/english/index-p...=1&id=754&arc=0

OK, I've given up: I just can't keep up with Canon's release schedule for cameras. So the best I can do is tell you what they're doing, and show you what they look like, and leave the analysis up to you. ;-) This info comes from Canon Canada, so the prices below are in CAD. Looking at all the specs, it's clear that Canon has finally caught up with offering 720p video on a bunch of models, and they're keen on the concept of touch screens. Looking over this list, does anything catch your eye?

Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera

"The PowerShot G-series has long been the flagship of the PowerShot line. The new Canon PowerShot G11 Digital Camera further adds to the legacy of this award-winning series with its advanced features, variety of shooting modes and compatible EOS accessories which help to enhance one's photographic creativity. Designed for those looking for a pocket-sized camera with SLR functionality, this new powerful camera is ideal for the consumer who is looking to capture beautiful landscapes and professional portraits by offering:

  • A 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System to capture images with a powerful 5x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, a 28mm (equivalent to 28-140 mm) wide-angle lens helps to get large groups into one shot at events such as a family reunion.
  • A 7.1-centimetre vari-angle PureColor System LCD, new to the G-series, allowing for easier on-camera previewing and reviewing of images from nearly every angle, while still incorporating the optical viewfinder found on previous models.
  • Scheduled to be available in October, estimated price of $599.99."

Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera

"For the professional photographer or advanced amateur interested in a versatile point and shoot camera, the PowerShot S90 provides a wealth of advanced technologies to capture those can't-miss moments. Other features of this camera include:

  • A 10.0-Megapixel High Sensitivity System with a 3.8x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization.
  • A customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings.
  • A large 7.6-centimetre PureColor System LCD for even greater true life colour reproduction.
  • Scheduled to be available in October, estimated price of $529.99." Read more...


Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/revi...dmc_tz7_review/

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (also known as the DMC-ZS3 in the USA) is a brand new ultra-compact super-zoom camera, offering several major improvements on its predecessor, the popular TZ5 model. There's now a 12x, 25-300mm optical zoom lens, both wider and longer than the TZ5's, the megapixel count has increased from 9 to 10, the Venus IV Engine processing engine promises enhanced responsiveness, and the 720p HD video mode is recorded in the new AVCHD Lite format which almost doubles the recording time."

I have the previous generation of this camera, the DMC-TZ5, and it's a nice little unit - well, not so little actually. That's one of my main gripes - it's much harder to fit into my pocket than my other point and shoot camera, a Canon Powerhsot SD870. But with the 10x optical zoom and 720p video, I can forgive the Panasonic camera for being a little bulky. The successor to my DMC-TZ5 is this new DMC-TZ7. Zoom is boosted to 12x, it's 3mm wider, there's that new AVCHD Lite for video, and it has stereo microphones - even a wind-cut function to block wind noise. Nice!

With a son on the way, suddenly I have a lot more to think about when it comes to capturing all the precious moments I know are going to happen. I'm pondering whether or not the TZ7 (which is actually the ZS3 in North America - I know, so confusing) is a worthy upgrade over what I have now. Does it offer enough improvements to warrant replacing what I have now? The ZS3 comes in red, which is simply awesome (I love red gadgets!), but I'm wondering if I'd get more milage out of getting one of their new rugged cameras (the DMC-TS1D) instead. Thoughts? Opinions? I guess I'd better read this review first...


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Samsung HZ1 Digital Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archive...tal_camera.html

"Samsung will roll out its HZ1 digital camera that touts to be the first 10x zoom and Ultra Wide 24mm compact in the world. With such capabilities, it is able to shoot sharper and wider images from a distance, marking Samsung's entry into the Compact High-Zoom market."
I've got to hand it to Samsung: they keep trying and trying, but I've never read a review of any of their cameras that amounted to more than "Ho-hum, there are better cameras out there". This one looks like it might break that trend though: a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, 10x optical zoom, 720p movie recording (no mention of format), dual image stabilzation (optical and digital - interesting!), face detection, and a "digital content management system". I wonder what that last bit is? And dual image stabilization? If that works really well, it could be a serious competative advantage for Samsung. Of course, what really matters is the pictures - the quality of the image sensor - and that tends to be where Samsung has fallen down. Time will tell...


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Nikon Coolpix S700: Small with Plenty of Options

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM



Product Category:
Point and Shoot Digital Camera
Manufacturer:
Nikon
Where to Buy:
Amazon.com
Price:
$259 USD
Specifications:
Available on Nikon's Web site.

Pros:
  • 12.1 megapixels in a small, sturdy package;
  • Manual controls for ISO and exposure;
  • Plenty of flexible photo and video options.
Cons:
  • Images can be a bit noisy, even at ISO 400;
  • JPEG rendering in playback mode is slow;
  • Image sensor shift for vibration reduction rather than optical lens shift.
Summary: Nikon's S700 is their 12 megapixel flagship slim point and shoot model, and it packs a lot of value for under $275 USD. How does it measure up in day to day use? Read on for the full review! Read more...


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