Today, Nikon announced an industry first: the new Coolpix S800c, which is the first digital camera to be powered by Google Android (or any smartphone operating system for that matter). Although this new camera looks just like an ordinary point-and-shoot, the fact that it's powered by Android packs it with a host of features that no camera has had before.
Thanks to its built-in WiFi and GPS, you can even go online with the camera and take full advantage of just about any app available through Google Play. There are apps out there that will let you e-mail posts, wirelessly transfer them to a PC, or even edit them in-camera!
Canon has just announced their entry into the mirrorless camera market with the EOS-M. The EOS-M has a 18MP APS-C sensor, with a 1040k dot LCD touch screen to complement it. As with any other mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS-M has the quality of their DSLRs in the size of a point and shoot camera. The price of the camera starts out at 799.99 USD.
Schneider-Kreuznach of Bad Kreuznach, Germany today announced that they will be unveiling a new lens made specifically for the Micro Four Thirds format. S-K had previously announced their formal joining to Micro Four Thirds Consortium, and the Super Angulon 2.0/14 is the first of several lenses the have planned for m4/3.
Nikon has just announced what they are referring to as "the most powerful all-in-one zoom ever": the 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II Lens. This DX (APS-C) format lens features numerous cutting-edge features, including Nikon's lag-free Silent Wave Motor autofocus technology, full-time manual focus override, stabilization, Super Integrated Coating, and internal focusing.
With this lens you can capture a wide variety of subjects for just about any purpose, and the fast aperture of F5.6 will allow you to get sharper images at a distance compared to F6.3 lenses. The new 18-300mm lens is available for pre-order for a hefty $999.
Canon's new Rebel T4i DSLR- the most advanced Rebel to date- has just been launched! In addition, the new Canon 40mm F2.8 STM "pancake" lens has also just become available for $199. This new pancake lens is a first for Canon, and we think it was inspired by Pentax's lineup of Limited lenses. Read more about this 40mm pancake on PentaxForums.com.
The new Rebel features an articulating LCD screen and has the following specifications:
- 18-megapixel APS-C sensor
- ISO 100-12800 expandable to 25600
- 5FPS continuous shooting
- Improved 9-point autofocus 1080p/30, 720p/60/50 HD video recording
- 3-inch LCD with over 1,000,000 dots (just above VGA)
The T4i is launching at a price of $849 and is now available for pre-order. The new Rebel will also be available in kits with the Canon 18-55mm and 18-135mm STM for $949 and $1199, respectively. These prices are very similar to those of the new Pentax K-30, although the Pentax seems to have a slight edge in terms of specifications, and it is weather-sealed as well. While the new Rebel certainly looks good on paper, it doesn't look like there's much innovation surrounding it- it's just an upgraded body.
Sony has just rolled out an impressive new compact camera called the Cyber-Shot RX-100, which features a large 20.2 megapixel sensor and a fast F1.8 lens with 3.6x zoom. The sensor is much bigger physically than those typically found in point-and-shoot cameras: it measures 1 inch across the diagonal, while other point-and-shoot sensors are normally in the 1/2-1/8th inch range. The sensor is in fact almost as large as APS-C. Its larger size means that it will deliver clearer photos with less noise (it can also go up to ISO 6400), and this also allows the sensor to have an increased resolution. On top of all this, the RX-100 will be able to shoot full-HD video clips at 60FPS, and it has a clear 3-inch LCD on the back with 1,229 thousand dots (about 25% more pixels than VGA). To finish things off, the camera has a metal body and the latest in Sony's in-camera functionality. Sony boasts AF speeds as low as 0.13 seconds and burst shooting as high as 10FPS.
As great as these specifications may seem, that makes this camera a gem is the degree of manual control that it will offer. It features the 4 basic shooting modes (P/A/S/M) in addition to your typical scene modes, allowing you to manually control any aspect of the exposure if you so desire. This level of flexibility is rare in cameras this small, but it makes them an even bigger pleasure to use!
Earlier this year, Canon announced two new stabilized full-frame wide-angle primes: the EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM, and th EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM lenses.
These two lenses are now available for pre-order with an expected shipping date of June 17th.