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2013.01.07

Two months to the day after Nikon launched the D5200 in Europe, Nikon USA and Nikon Canada have issued press releases for this model which everyone already know about. In the day of the internet where information is global, it is still baffling why a company would do that. Nevertheless, this means you can now order a Nikon D5200 from local retailers.

Nikon D5200

For those who did miss the original announcement, the D5200 brings a 24 MP CMOS sensor to the mid-range and augments it with an impressive 39-point autofocus system of semi-professional level, which is actually one of Nikon’s big strengths among DSLRs. This gives a much more significant advantage for the D5200 over the D3200 whereas the D5100 and D3100 were quite similar.

The Nikon D5200 is expected to arrive this month for $899 USD or $929 CDN including a Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens.

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2013.01.07

Olympus has always pushed for big zooms in small cameras and this CES 2013 they do not disappoint. Today, they took the wraps of three relatively compact ultra-zoom cameras all with stabilized 24X optical zoom lenses equivalent to 25-600mm.

The all-new Stylus SH-50 promises to be the most effective with a 5-way image-stabilization mechanism inherited from the highly acclaimed Olympus OM-D E-M5 reviewed here. This one is based on a 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 6400 and capable of full 1080p HD video capture.

Olympus Stylus SH-50

A more-traditional Stylus SZ-16  uses the same sensor and lens but with a standard 2-way stabilization mechanism. These two cameras are otherwise almost identical, both capable of HDR capture and sporting a 3″ LCD with 460K pixels.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16

The near-twin of the SZ-16 is the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 which share its lens and body but uses a 16 megapixels CCD instead. This limits its ISO range to 1600 and video capture to 720p but gives it a more affordable price.

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

All these digital cameras will be available in March with suggested prices as follows: $299 USD for the SH-50, $230 USD for the SZ-16 and $199 USD for the SZ-15. Given the price difference between the SH-50 and SZ-16, expect the 5-way stabilization to make a significant difference towards the long end of the zoom!

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2013.01.07

Olympus has yet again produced the toughest digital camera ever. This time in the form of the Stylus Tough TG-2 which can be taken underwater to depth of 15m (50′), frozen to -10C (14F), shockproof to drops of 2.1m (7′) and resist pressure up to 100kg (220lbs). Needless to way, the model is completely dustproof and weatherproof.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is built around a 12 MP CMOS sensor behind a bright F/2 lens with a 4X optical zoom range equivalent to 25-100mm. This non-protruding lens is stabilized and covered by a sealed glass cover. Thanks to its high-speed CMOS sensor, the TG-2 can capture full-resolution images at 5 FPS for a maximum of 25 frames and full 1080p HD video.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2

The TG-2 is built with adventurous travelers in mind and integrates a GPS with digital-compass and manometer. Its tough build quality make it more suitable to harsh environments than any digital camera before it.

Along with the TG-2, Olympus refreshed its other class of water-proof cameras. The new TG-830 and TG-630 replace the TG-820 iHS and TG-320 before them. The TG-830, shown in blue just below, boasts a 16 megapixels sensor in a body which can be taken underwater down to 10m.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830

The TG-630, shown in white below, uses a 12 megapixels sensor in a body which can be taken underwater down to 5m. Both these cameras feature a conventional non-protruding lens with 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 28-140mm but with a slower F/3.9-5.9 maximum aperture range. The lower-end TG-630 lacks a GPS compared to the other two models.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-630

All these rugged digital cameras are scheduled to be available in March 2013. The suggested price for the TG-2 is of $379 USD and for the TG-820 it is $279 USD. For the TG-630, it is $199 USD.

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2013.01.07

Today Pentax unwrapped their first entry towards the growing premium-compact market. The all-new Pentax MX-1 features a 12 megapixels 1/1.7″ sensor behind an ultra-bright stabilized wide-angle lens with 4X optical zoom, equivalent to 28-112mm. Like other premium compacts, the MX-1 has full manual-controls, including focus and white-balance. Unlike its competitors, this one only has a single control-dial. It does have a traditional mode-dial and exposure-compensation dial though.

Pentax MX-1

The elongated design of this digital camera lets it keep a lower height with both top and bottom plates made of painted brass for a quality build and feel. Within the body is Pentax’s own Shake-Reduction system and dual IR receptors. The textured rubber surrounding the body provides purchase without an actual grip.

Pentax MX-1

There are a good number of controls at the rear of the camera, including direct access to ISO and drive-mode, as well as an AE-L button which also toggles rather than shifts the exposure parameter being controlled in Manual mode. This is unfortunately necessary because the only control-dial is on the same side as the AE-L button and it would be awkward to turn the dial while pressing the button below it. The traditional Pentax Green button also finds its way on the back of the camera.

The Pentax MX-1 has RAW capabilities and fans of DNG will rejoice to know that Adobe’s format is also supported. This camera runs on a proprietary Lithium-Ion  battery and supports SDXC memory cards. It is scheduled to ship next month for a suggested retail price of $499 USD.

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2013.01.07

Along with the Powershot N discussed in the last post, Canon has introduced 4 entry-level cameras which share core components.  All based around a 16 MP CCD sensor with ISO 100 to 1600 sensitivity range, the A3500 IS, A2600, A1400 and ELPH 130 IS are point-and-shoot cameras for beginners.

Canon Powershot A3500 IS

All A series model feature a standard 5X wide-angle optical zoom lens, including optical image stabilization in case of the Canon Powershot A3500 IS shown above in purple.

The ELPH model shown just below in red, despite its compact size manages to squeeze in an 8X optical zoom and still be the smallest camera of the bunch. It and the A3500 IS also feature built-in WiFi connectivity. The Canon Powershot ELPH 130 IS is expected to be available next month for a suggested price of $199 USD.

Canon Powershot ELPH 130 IS

The A2600 shown in blue below  is nearly identical to the A3500 IS, except for its lack of built-in stabilization and WiFi.  The Canon Powershot A2600 carries a suggested price of $149 USD and is scheduled to be available next month.

Canon Powershot A2600

Finally, the A1400 runs on 2 standard AA batteries, giving it the longest battery-life of t he group by a huge margin. It also features an optical tunnel viewfinder. The Canon Powershot A1400 carries a suggested price of $109 USD and is scheduled to be available next month.

Canon Powershot A1400

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