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Olympus Tough compacts

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Olympus Stylus Tough cameras are shockproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof. New in the line are the Tough-8010 and Tough-6020, 14-megapixel cameras offering High-Definition (HD) video and 5x optical zoom lenses.

Both shoot 720p HD videos using a one-touch button.

AF Tracking continuously adjusts focus and brightness, and Pet Mode is specifically designed for animal lovers.

In-camera creative features found on Olympus E-System DSLRs have migrated to these new cameras; Magic Filter lets the user enhance and customize images as they are being captured. The filters: Pop Art (ehances and saturates colours to create vivid, high-impact pictures that express the joyful, light-hearted feeling of the Pop Art style of the 1960s); Pin Hole (reduces the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole); Fish-Eye (emulates the wide angle of a fish-eye lens by taking extremely wide, hemispherical images and magnifying the centre of the frame; and Drawing (turns the image into a sketch outline for children to colour.

The Tough-8010 can withstand a 2 metre drop and the Tough-6020 can survive a 1.5-metre drop. The 8010 can also withstand 100 kilograms of crushing pressure.

Their lightweight, stainless steel and aluminum exteriors are matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings. The 8010 can dive to 10 metres under water, while the 6020 can be submerged to 5 metres under water. There are four preset underwater scene modes. They can also capture HD movies with audio even under water. The cameras feature a water-repellent lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens.

Both cameras can handle temperatures to -10C.

The lens on both cameras is the equivalent of 28-140 mm. The lens does not protrude from either of the camera’s bodies.

The cameras have Dual Image Stabilization – mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization.

This next bit is neat. The cameras can be controlled with a simple tap on their top, back or sides, thanks to an internal 3D accelerometer that detects the direction of the force on the camera’s body. So, wearing gloves and need to adjust some settings? No problem.

Face Detection handles up to 12 faces within the frame and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure to capture sharp, brilliant portraits and group shots.

Intelligent Auto Mode automatically identifies what you are shooting (i.e. Portrait, Night + Portrait, Landscape, Macro and Sports) and adjusts the camera’s settings.

In-Camera Panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one panoramic picture. Press the shutter button and slowly pan; the second and third images will be captured automatically and stitched together with the first image.

Both cameras have the Olympus TruePic III image processor at their hearts, created for its DSLRs.

Oh, the manual is built-in; no paper.

Stylus Tough-8010’s estimated street price: $449.99; 6020’s is $349.99.


Fujifilm compact cameras

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Fujifilm Canada says it has 12 new cameras for the spring. They must be in constant motion, because I count more. All the cameras, however many there are, shoot in High Definition (HD) image and video.

The F80EXR features EXR technology. The Super CCD EXR sensor maximizes image quality, adjusting instinctively to all lighting and scene conditions, says the company. It offers the same three EXR Priority modes (Wide Dynamic Range, High Sensitivity and High Resolution) as its predecessors, plus EXR Auto mode.

It has a 12-megapixel EXR sensor, 3-inch LCD and a 10x zoom lens (27-270 mm equivalent). It also features 720p HD image and video capture, and Pro-Light Mode, which provides extremely low noise even when zooming in low light scenes, by combining a burst of four high sensitivity images in quick succession, then using Multi Frame Technology to merge all four images into one image.

Face Recognition Technology is an upgrade from Face Detection technology, allowing the user to register the faces, names and birthdays of up to eight people in the camera’s memory. When shooting groups, the F80EXR can be set to prioritize focus and exposure on faces it recognizes (up to five) and will display their names on the screen as the photo is being composed. In playback mode, the Image Search feature allows users to search for specific pictures by name or category.

Available in black and red, it has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

The Z700EXR is Fujifilm’s first touch screen digital camera with EXR sensor that automatically adjusts to all lighting and scene conditions. A 3.5-inch touch screen display panel allows the user to select the area of a shot to focus on with a simple tap of a finger.

It also includes a new Facebook/YouTube Easy Upload tool allowing the user to mark photos for online posting right on the camera. When the camera connects to a PC with MyFinePix Studio software, all marked photos or videos upload directly at the press of a button.

The camera features 720p HD Video, a 5x zoom lens, 12-megapixel resolution, Dual Image Stabilization and ISO sensitivity to 3200 at full resolution.

Other features include Face Recognition technology and Intelligent Scene Recognition.

Available in silver for a suggested retail price of $279.99.

Fuji says the FinePix HS10 is the world’s first 30x manual optical zoom digital camera. It has a 24-720 mm (equivalent) zoom with DSLR handling. Manual zoom control lets the photographer make precision adjustments with faster and more accurate zooming than electronically powered zooms, says Fuji. The camera also ofers full HD movie mode (1080i) with stereo sound and mini HDMI output.

A new Super High Speed Movie function allows you to freeze action and capture movies at up to 1000 frames per second. The FinePix HS10 can also shoot full resolution photos at 10 frames per second as well as panorama shots.

The HS10’s 10-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor features an innovative new design that significantly increases the light gathering ability of every pixel. Combined with Fujifilm’s image processing expertise, the new sensor produces richly-detailed low noise images, even when shooting in very low light.

Other features: tilting 3-inch LCD with eye sensor (when you approach the EVF, the eye sensor automatically switches the picture to the EVF, and when the eye is withdrawn, the image is automatically switched back to the LCD); Triple Image Stabilization (combines a mechanically stabilized CMOS sensor with high ISO sensitivities up to ISO 6400 and advanced multi-frame digital stabilization); Motion Remover Mode (captures five images of a scene in quick succession and combines them in-camera to produce a single image, removing anything that was moving.

It’s suggested retail price is $499.99.

The Fujifilm XP10 is the company’s first shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof and mudproof digital camera, offering 12-megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD image and video capture. It’s shockproof to 1 metre, waterproof to 3 metres, freezeproof to -10C and mudproof, with a lightweight metal body.

The zoom lens operates without protruding from the camera body, further protecting it from any knocks or damage.

Camera features: Digital Image Stabilization; sensitivity settings to ISO 1600; Facebook/YouTube Easy Upload; Intelligent Scene Recognition; Smile Detection; Blink Detection; and Tracking Auto Focus.

Available in silver, green, blue and pink for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Fujifilm’s S1600 and S1800 are what the company calls entry-level superzooms – 15x for the S1600, 18x for the S1800. Both lightweight DSLR-style models provide 12-megapixel resolution, 3-inch LCD screens and a bunch of new features: 720p HD image and video capture; Tracking Auto Focus; Panorama Mode, taking a series of pictures and stitching them together; Smile/Blink Detection, with Smile Detection recognizing when the subject smiles and only releasing the shutter then, and Blink Detection warning if any subjects have blinked so the user can reshoot; Intelligent Scene Recognition; Dual Image Stabilization.

Suggested price of $229.99 (S1600) and $249.99 (S1800).

The superzoom JZ300/310 is a 12-megapixel camera in a thin metal body, 28 mm wide angle anchoring a 10x optical zoom lens, CCD-Shift Image Stabilization, 720p HD image and video capture and Intelligent Scene Recognition technology, which automatically selects from six pre-programmed scenes and optimizes camera settings providing the best shot possible.

Other features: Smile/Blink Detection and Tracking Auto Focus.

Available in silver and black at a suggested retail price of $229.99.

The Z70 offers Facebook/YouTube Easy Upload; 12-megapixel resolution; 5x optical zoom; 720p HD shooting; Web Mode for on-camera effects editing; Intelligent Scene Recognition that detects the scene type and shooting conditions, optimizing the camera settings accordingly.

Available in pink and champagne gold for a suggested retail price of $169.99.

Fujifilm’s J Series gets an upgrade with two models offering high resolution sensors, with 720p HD picture and video. The JV100 features a 12-megapixel sensor with 3x optical zoom (37-111 mm equivalent), while the JX250 has a 14-megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens anchored at 28 mm (equivalent).

Both models have Intelligent Scene Recognition, Panorama Mode, Smile and Blink Detection; Digital Image Stabilization; and Tracking Auto Focus.

Available in black, silver, pink and blue for a suggested retail price of $149.99 (JV100) and $179.99 (JX250).

Fujifilm’s AV100 and AV180 are entry-level compact digital cameras, yet both feature 720p HD image and video capture.

The AV100 offers 12-megapixel resolution with a 2.7-inch LCD, and the AV180 offers 14-megapixel resolution with a 3-inch LCD.

Both cameras have a 3x optical zoom lens, high sensitivity settings (up to ISO 3200), Panorama Mode and Intelligent Scene Recognition.

Available in black and silver for a suggested retail price of $99.99 (AV100) and $119.99 (AV180).

Panasonic compacts

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Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-ZS7 is said to be the world’s smallest photo/video hybrid superzoom digital camera. It has Sonic Speed autofocusing, 25 mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens anchoring a 12x optical zoom, 12.1-megapixel sensor, and built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) feature that embeds photos and videos with the latitude and longitude location details. Of course there’s High Definition (HD) video using AVCHD.

About that “sonic speed” AF – Panasonic says it enables a super-fast response time and a shutter release time lag as short as approximately 0.006 sec., allowing users to lock on the subject in approximately 0.35 sec. (wide-angle) and 0.41 sec. (tele).

The ZS7 features a new image processing technology, Intelligent Resolution, incorporated in its Venus Engine HD II. With this technology, three areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation – are examined pixel-by-pixel and automatically detected to enhance any degradation created during the digital zoom process or in high-sensitivity shooting. The outline areas are enhanced to give the edges more clarity, while simultaneously giving a moderate accent to the textured areas so it looks accurately detailed. To the soft gradation area, such as a face, the increased noise reduction system of the Venus Engine HD II is applied to make it smoother. As a result, says Panasonic, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and video recording.

The Intelligent Resolution technology also powers the Intelligent Zoom feature, which extends the camera’s zoom ratio by approximately 1.3x while maintaining the picture quality – and enhancing the digital zoom and making it comparable to the quality of an optical zoom, says the company.

For more advanced users, the camera adds manual control features, allowing for adjustments in shutter speed, aperture and exposure.

Other features: optical image stabilization; face recognition of up to 15 faces; Intelligent Scene Selector, automatically selecting whichever of six Scene Modes – Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset – best suits the shooting situation; Happy Mode, a new Scene mode that optimizes colour, saturation and brightness to make both photo and video more vivid and true to the colour the users remember when they took it; High Dynamic, also added to the existing Scene modes, helps capture a scene with moderate exposure, even though the scene contains both bright and dark areas together.

The Lumix ZS7 can record AVCHD Lite HD video, which almost doubles the recording time in HD quality compared with the Motion JPEG format.

The Lumix DMC-ZS5 is like the ZS7, but with smaller LCD and Motion JPEG video, and the Venus Engone VI.

The ZS7 will be available in silver, black, and blue models, while the ZS5 will be available in black and silver.

The Lumix DMC-ZR3 is a full-featured digital camera with AVCHD Lite HD video recording capabilities, a 25 mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens anchoring an 8x optical zoom, in a slim body. Zoom power can be increased to 10x with Intelligent Zoom, which takes advantage of the newly-added Intelligent Resolution technology. Intelligent Resolution, a component of Intelligent Auto mode, helps maintain optimal picture quality by capturing higher quality signal processing. With this pixel by pixel process which detects a subject’s outline, detailed texture areas and soft gradation, the ZR3 is able to enhance any degradation created during the digital zoom process or in high-sensitivity shooting. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and video recording, says Panasonic.

iA mode automatically selects the best Scene mode, and also helps to correct handshake and any focus or brightness issues.

Features: Face Recognition; Happy Mode; AF Tracking; Intelligent ISO Control; Intelligent Exposure; Sonic Speed AF.

The Lumix ZR3 will be available in blue and black.

The Lumix DMC-TS2, a successor to the company’s first rugged digital camera designed for active outdoor use, features High Definition video recording in the AVCHD Lite format, 14.1-megapixel sensor, and it’s waterproof to 33 feet (10 m), shockproof to 10 feet (2 m), freezeproof to -10ºC (14ºF) and is dustproof.

The camera features Sonic Speed AF; Intelligent Resolution; Intelligent Zoom; iA (Intelligent Auto) mode; optical image stabilization; face recognition; Intelligent Scene Selector; Happy Mode; High Dynamic.

The TS2 has a 28 mm Leica DC Vario Elmar lens anchoring a 4.6x optical zoom.

Both HD video in Motion JPEG and AVCHD Lite are available.

The Lumix TS2 will be available in blue and orange — and that orange is really eye-catching.

SensorKlearLoupe Kit

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BC’s LensPen has unveiled the SensorKlearLoupe Kit. It’s a combo of the loupe, blower and SensorKlear II pen, all for cleaning the CCD or CMOS sensors on DSLRs.

Positioned on the camera body, as you would a lens, the loupe provides directed light to pinpoint the problem. Once dust is detected, the included blower is used to remove the dry dust. For tackling sticky dust, using the access window at the side of the loupe, insert the angled tip of the pen to safely and easily target and remove the sticky dust.

Review: Nikon D300s

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Nikon’s D300s DSLR is an excellent camera. There are very few differences between it and its brother, the D300, the major one being the addition of video capability. If video is not on your list of “must haves,” you still may want to consider the D300s, because of some interesting little upgrades.

I’ll not reiterate what I covered in my initial look at the D300s. Click on the link to read that.

The D300s produces HD video at 720p and 24 fps. The quality is magnificent, thanks in good part to Nikon optics as well as the camera’s processor. Its operation is not intuitive (yeah, I had to read the manual), but after using the controls a couple of times, I spent more time with what I was shooting than how to make it work.

I will admit to becoming initially fixated on the camera’s virtual horizon indicator. The video display is on the LCD, not through the viewfinder (you have to get that reflex mirror up and out of the way). That horizon indicator is invaluable in that it tells you if the camera is tilted to the left or right (making your horizon tilt), and it also tells you if the lens is not level, either tilting up or down.

Yes, you can turn it off.

Initially I thought using a DSLR as a video camera was a neat idea. After using the D300s in video mode, handheld, I’m not so sure. On a tripod, sure, great idea. Maybe because I’m used to using shoulder-supported video cameras, holding a camera at arm’s length just doesn’t have the same appeal.

But I do know there are many who are opting for DSLR video, so I guess it’s a matter of what you become used to.

With the D300s, you can add an external mike instead of relying on the in-body microphone, and it offers basic in-camera editing.

The camera has two memory card slots, one for CF cards, the other for SD cards. The D300 had only a CF slot. So with the 300s, you can use one card for video and one for stills, or use the second as an overflow when the first card is filled. Another option is to split between JPEGs and RAW. Any way you slice it, a nice option to have.

The D300s has a D3-style controller, a dedicated Live View button, and a dedicated Info button. It also has improved D-Lighting.

I found the D300 to be a superb camera. Nikon’s Expeed image processor, Scene Recognition System (SRS) and 3D Colour Matrix Metering II system combine to produce an imaging tour de force. The D300s, remarkably, improves on that.

Olympus compacts

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Olympus says the Stylus 7030 is its most powerful premium Stylus model. It offers High-Definition (HD) video, 14 megapixels and features like Magic Filter (you should see what this does), and AF tracking. The 7030 has a 7x (28-196 mm equivalent) lens.

The icing on the cake is a new graphical user interface (GUI) for easy operation. This is worth the price of admission alone. The camera adds new software for rapid downloading and improved photo organization with geotagging and face recognition.

There’s even a specially designed AF Tracking “Pet Mode” for animal lovers.

About that Magic Filter capability. In-camera Art Features debuted on the company’s DSLRs last year. A similar feature, Magic Filter has been developed for the 7030: Pop Art enhances and saturates colours to create vivid, high-impact pictures that evoke the Pop Art style of the 1960s; Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole; Fish-Eye emulates the wide-angle of a fish-eye lens by taking extremely wide, hemispherical images and magnifying the centre of the frame; and Drawing, which turns the image into a sketch outline which the kids can colour.

Dual Image Stabilization combines two technologies – mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization.

Olympus notes shooting outdoors in bright daylight can be tricky because of the extreme contrast between dark shadowed areas and bright sunlit areas. While the human eye is capable of detecting the nuances between dark  and light and all the details in between, image sensors traditionally have not been quite as sensitive. The 7030 addresses this with Shadow Adjustment Technology which compensates for extreme contrast where the shadow areas are underexposed and lack visible detail.

In-Camera Panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create one panoramic picture.
The lightweight metal body of the Stylus-7030 comes in titanium, blue and purple colours. The camera is scheduled for availability next month for an estimated street price of about $250.

The Olympus FE series has been expanded with two models, the FE-4020 and FE-47. Both are 14-megapixel cameras.

They’ve got AF Tracking, including “Pet Mode” for animal lovers, and Advanced Face Detection, tracking up to 16 faces.

The 4020’s lens is 4x (26-105 mm equivalent), and the 47’s a 5x (36-180 mm equivalent).

The same Magic Filter capabilities as noted above are in these two models, and Intelligent Auto Mode automatically identifies what you are shooting (Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro or Sports) and adjusts settings to capture the best quality results depending on the situation.

Enhanced Help Guides are built right into the cameras.

Video? Yes.

The FE-4020 is available in warm gray, pearl white, light pink and light blue, while the FE-47 comes in silver, black, red and blue. The FE-47 should be available now, with the FE-4020 next month. The 4020 has an estimated street price of about $180, and the FE-47 about $140.

Olympus has made quite a name for itself with its rugged models. Here comes the Stylus Tough-3000. This is a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof compact camera, the first Tough model with HD video (720p), plus Magic Filter.

It also offers a new graphical user interface (GUI); new Olympus software for rapid downloading and enhanced photo organization with geotagging and face recognition; and AF Tracking, including that “Pet Mode.”

Tough?  It can withstand a 1.5 m drop, can be submerged up to 3 m underwater (it has four preset underwater scene modes and can also capture HD movies underwater); and can handle -10C temps.

The camera offers a 3.6x optical zoom (28-102 mm equivalent) and 12-megapixel image sensor, Dual Image Stabilization and the intriguing Tap Control. This latter feature lets you control functions with a simple tap on the camera’s top, back or sides, with a 3D accelerometer detecting the direction of the force on the camera’s body. This is helpful if you are wearing gloves.

Face Detection detects up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure. Intelligent Auto Mode automatically identifies what you are shooting (i.e., Portrait, Night + Portrait, Landscape, Macro and Sports) and adjusts the camera’s settings. In-Camera Panorama mode captures three images and stitches them together to create a panoramic picture.

The Tough-3000 comes with the instruction manual saved on the camera’s new internal memory.

Decked out in “sporty red,” pink, blue or green, the Tough-3000 is scheduled for February availability at an estimated street price of about $250.

Three Pentax Optios

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The Pentax Optio E90 is an entry-level digital compact camera.  It features Auto Picture mode that automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene, and Automatic Face Detection with Smile Capture. This latter function automatically detects the subject’s face, then optimizes the focus and exposure settings, and then Smile Capture automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile. Auto Picture mode automatically selects one of eight shooting modes (Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Flower, Sport, Standard, and Candlelight) for a given subject or scene.

The camera also offers double anti-shake protection. When the E90 detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, it automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 1600, for a higher shutter speed. During movie recording (640 x 480 pixels), the E90 prevents blurry images by digitally minimizing camera shake by using exclusive software.

The camera has six digital filters, and you can appply multiple filters to a single image. Digital Panorama mode automatically creates a single panoramic picture from as many as three images.

The E90 has a 3x zoom lens (31.5-94.5 mm equivalent) delivering light to a sensor with 10.1 effective megapixels.

Interestingly, the camera has an image recovery function to retrieve accidentally erased images. Thank you, Pentax.

The Optio H90 has a 5x optical zoom lens (approximately 28-140 mm equivalent), approximately 12.1 effective megapixel CCD, a 2.7-inch LCD, 1280 x 720 pixel video, Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode, Face Detection AF & AE function handling up to 32 faces in the image field, Smile Capture mode, and a Blink Detection function which warns the user when the subject’s eyes are closed when the picture is taken.

Pixel Track SR (Shake Reduction) mode compensates for camera shake during still-image capture; Auto Picture mode automatically selects one of eight shooting modes; digital filters include Toy Camera and Retro; D-Range setting prevents washed out highlights and blocked up shadows; Auto-tracking AF mode keeps constant focus on a moving subject; Digital Panorama mode creates a single panoramic picture from as many as three images; Digital
Wide mode creates a panoramic, ultra-wide-angle picture from two images; Frame Composite function has 90 frames stored in the camera.

This camera has the Image Recovery function, too.

Pentax may have taken a page from its own book with the Optio I-10, with a design reminiscent of its 110 film SLR. No interchangeable lenses, however, but a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140 mm equivalent) pushing light to a 12.1 effective megapixel imager.

Its new-generation Face Detection AF & AE function, which detects up to 32 faces in the image field, will also work on the faces of up to three dogs and cats. Pet lovers, take note.

The I-10 incorporates a CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which shifts the camera’s image sensor (CCD). When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, the camera automatically raises the sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400, for higher shutter speeds. During movie recording, the I-10 prevents blurry images using exclusive software.

As for movies, clips at 16:9 (1280 x 720 pixels) at a rate of 30 frames per second.

There are 11 digital filters, adding Starburst to the ones mentioned above.

Other features: Auto Picture mode, D-Range setting, Frame function, Digital Panorama, and Digital Wide mode.

All the new Optios will be available mid-February.

Got pictures?

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Tamron – you know, the lens company – has announced a way for anyone to showcase his/her prized images, share them with like-minded enthusiasts, tell the fascinating stories of how they were created, and get valuable feedback that will help participants take their photography to the next level. It’s an interactive, blog-style, sharing site: There you can answer regularly posted questions with a blog comment that includes relevant photos and the stories behind them.

The site is linked to the Tamron photo home page at. Posted questions can be answered in the Comment section, and participants are encouraged to respond by posting one or more photos and any length story about the photo, tip on how it was created, hotel recommendations for the place where it was shot and more.

The rules are simple: All content (words and photos) must be appropriate. Tamron reserves the right to delete inappropriate content and users can report any inappropriate content. You’ll be able to subscribe to the blog’s feed by going to the blog site and clicking the RSS button. Or you can become a Tamron fan on Facebook and receive updates about the latest questions posted.

Five Samsung cameras

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Samsung has been merrily toiling away, producing some interesting cameras. The company has announced five new models.


Probably the most interesting for anyone who does landscapes or cityscapes are the 12-megapixel HZ35W and HZ30W. These two have the same wide-angle base (24 mm) in their Schneider Kreuznach zooms as their predecessors, but extend the telephoto capability of the range from a 10x optical zoom to 15x. The HZ35W adds a 3-inch AMOLED display and built-in GPS technology for automatic geo-tagging of images.

The cameras offer Dual Image Stabilization (optical and digital), and the back screen is said to deliver a much brighter and sharper display, improved battery life, a higher contrast ratio, more vibrant colors, and the ability to display images that can be viewed at any angle, while fully maintaining the same color gamut. The HZ30W has a 3-inch TFT LCD.

The HZ35W and the HZ30W both record video at 720p (30fps). Samsung also incorporates H.264 compression and offers true HDMI connectivity. The cameras offer advanced scene recognition technology, Smart Auto (analyzes key elements of the image – color, brightness, motion, subject – and selects the appropriate scene mode). This has been upgraded from the previous models and can now be used with video as well as with stills.


The 14.2-megapixel TL110 and 12.2-megapixel TL105 are each equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD and feature a 5x and 4x optical zoom respectively. They’re both skinny, at 0.65 inches.

The TL110’s 5x optical zoom begins at 27 mm and is paired with Dual Image Stabilization. The TL105’s 4x optical zoom begins at 27.5 mm and also features Digital Image Stabilization.

Both cameras produce new image effects, such as Fisheye and Lomo, as well as selectable Photo Styles including Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB and two new options: Sketch and DeFog Clear/Fog Lifting, which cuts through the haze to take clear photos.

HD video recording is at 720p and 30fps, using H.264 compression. The cameras offer advanced scene recognition technology, Smart Auto, for both stills and movies.

Program mode allows the user to manually set options including ISO, white balance, metering mode, AF, and exposure compensation. Available scene modes include Beauty Shot, Night, Frame Guide, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn Backlight, Beach & Snow, and Fireworks.


The SL630, a 12.2-megapixel point-and-shoot model, offers a 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent), Dual Image Stabilization, and a number of smart features, including Smart Auto. The SL630 also features autofocusing options such as object tracking.  The Perfect Portrait System – includes Face Detection, Smile Shot and Blink Detection, RedEye Fix mode, and Beauty Shot. The camera also offers standard definition video recording at 640×480 at 30 fps.

Panasonic 64GB, 48GB SDXC cards

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The new SDXC memory cards – 64GB and 48GB – are Panasonic’s largest-sized Gold cards with Class 10 speed specification. The company says they are ideal for recording AVCHD High Definition video, high-resolution, or even RAW still photos. A new advanced Super Intelligent Controller helps improve the reliability of the card and extend its lifetime.

Both cards will be available in February with suggested retail prices of $699.99 and $499.99 respectively.