Sometimes (ok, quite often) we just don’t understand Sony.
They just announced a limited edition of their $550 A350 14.2 megapixel entry-level digital SLR.
The limited edition costs $850 so what wondrous enhancements do you get for that extra $400?
It’s a champagne color.
Yep that’s it, $400 for a lick of paint.
Sony A350 Limited Edition via ubergizmo
Samsung Electronics are planning to introduce a 14.6-megapixel CMOS image sensor in June, with a goal of closing the gap with leading camera sensor manufacturer OmniVision, according to industry sources.
The sources indicated that Samsung will introduce a DSLR camera for sale in Taiwan in June. At the same time, the company will also introduce a high-resolution CMOS image sensor.
The CMOS image sensor was jointly developed by Samsung and Pentax, with Samsung responsible for the production of the sensor which took two years to develop.
Creative has announced a new inexpensive camcorder: the $99 Vado.
It looks more like a cameraphone without the phone part at 4″ x 2.2″ x 0.6 and just 3oz. As a camcorder it’s features are really basic: 640×320 VGA recording at 30 frames per second in MPEG-4 format onto 2GB of internal memory (enough for 60 minutes of storage), 2″ LCD screen, 2x digital zoom, USB connector, and removable rechargeable battery.
It does have built in software for uploading videos to YouTube or Photobucket which is a nice touch, and if you are looking for a very basic way to record video this could be a good solution.
Full press release follows:
Olympus has announced the successor to their popular E-510 digital SLR camera.
The Olympus E-520 features a 10.1 megapixel sensor, built-in image stabilization, 2.7″ LCD screen, automatic face detection, automatic shadow adjustment, and white balance/exposure adjustment on the LCD preview.
The E-520 will be available in June and will cost $599.99 for the body only or $699.99 for a package that includes a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko lens.
Full press release after the jump.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 9 megapixel 10x optical zoom digital camera has been reviewed by Photography Blog.
Here’s what they thought of it:
“In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a marginally better camera than the TZ3, with improved image quality, an excellent LCD screen, useful Intelligent Auto mode for beginners, and the attraction of HD video. It’s a shame that Panasonic haven’t added any manual exposure modes, as with the recent DMC-LZ10 model, which is the only Panasonic compact camera to offer any control over aperture and shutter speed (apart from the ageing DMC-LX2). If you don’t mind sacrificing half the focal length, the 5x zoom DMC-LZ10 is an excellent alternative. But if you’re happy to accept the purely point-and-shoot nature of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, that unchanged combination of huge focal range and compact dimensions is still too liberating to ignore.”
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 reviewed ay Photography Blog
We told you about the Eye-Fi wireless SD a little while back and we were of the opinion that it was too pricey and they should just come out with a basic version that just uploads to your home network.
Guess what they just came out with? yep, 3 new eye-fi wireless SD cards, one of which does just what we wanted.
The Eye-Fi home is $79 for 2gb and just supports uploading to your home network, the Eye-Fi Share is identical to their original model adding uploads to online services such as Flickr for $99, and the Eye-Fi Explore adds a year of uploading at any of the 10000 wayport wi-fi hotspots across the US for $129.
Buyer beware though: we have heard reports that the read/write speeds on these cards are slow and that is a limiting factor on many digital cameras.
Eye-Fi wireless card article at Gizmodo
The Canon Rebel XSi costs $800, has a 12.2 mexapixel resolution, and supports the Canon EF-S lenses (and optionally comes with their new image stabilized 18-55mm lens).
Some more sites have now posted their reviews of the Canon Rebel XSi:
Cameralabs says “As the successor to the best-selling DSLR of the last 18 months, there’s no doubt Canon’s new EOS 450D / Rebel XSi will shift by the bucket-load. There’s equally no doubt Canon has made many improvements over the earlier 400D / XTi which together add-up to a worthy successor.”
DPReview says “Without a doubt the EOS 450D will have to do more today to prove itself against the popular Nikon D40 / D40X / D60 and to a lesser degree the Pentax K200D and Olympus E-420.”
Digital Camera Review says “When given an opportunity – and the glass – to stretch its photographic legs, the XSi is a powerful tool that continues to iron out minor annoyances with previous-generation Rebels. Typical for Canon, it’s a fairly conservative upgrade on the whole that carries over the vast majority of its technology from its predecessor. This, combined with strong competition, means that the XSi isn’t the technologically dominant camera in its space, but the capabilities of its new sensor, especially, will likely be recognized as the standard by which all other sub-$1,000 DSLRs are judged.”
Cameralabs Canon Rebel XSi review
DPReview Canon Rebel XSi preview
Digital Camera Review’s Canon Rebel XSi review
LetsGoDigital has reviewed the $900 Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) compact digital SLR.
Here’s what they thought:
“After testing the Canon EOS 450D I am really satisfied with the camera. It is a perfect camera for everybody. If you are just starting with (digital) photography or if you are a bit more experienced, and whether or not you switch from a compact camera, the Canon 450D enables you to take excellent pictures. Moreover, it comes at an extremely affordable price. Canon live up to their reputation by delivering another excellent digital SLR camera. Not only as far as technique is concerned but also because it is the perfect camera for everybody, for the advanced photographer, or even for the pro to use it as a second (leisure time) camera to shoot in practice. Let it be clear; the Canon EOS 450D is a top model! “
The Imaging Resource has reviewed the $150 7.2 megapixel Sony Cybershot DSC-S750 digital camera.
Here’s what they thought:
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S750 is a fairly basic point-and-shoot digital camera. It does offer a 7.2-megapixel CCD, a 3x optical zoom lens and enhanced Sony features like Face Detection and an array of preset scene modes. However, image quality is lacking, and problems with image noise and color accuracy should push consumers to look at other cameras in this class. The Sony S750′s poor printed results are tough to get around, with even ISO 100 images appearing soft in 8×10-inch prints. Though the Sony S750 looks nice, we recommend looking at some of the digital cameras below.”
Trusted Reviews has reviewed the $250 10 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S600 digital camera with 4x optical zoom.
Here’s what they thought:
“The Nikon CoolPix S600 is a great-looking camera with a good practical list of features, especially its useful zoom range and outstanding monitor screen. It is well made, simple to use and takes superb pictures. However it very expensive, and its fiddly controls and less-than-stellar performance don’t compare well to its main rivals. Nikon still has some way to go to catch up with Canon, Sony or Panasonic in the luxury compact market.”