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Panasonic just unveiled 4 new digital cameras for CES 2014. Like Fuji, these are all ultra-zooms but Panasonic is aiming at smaller models. Among the new units is the world’s first premium travel zoom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40

The unique 18 megapixels Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is the first travel-zoom to feature dual control-dials and an EVF. This advanced camera brings a powerful 30X ultra-wide-angle zoom, equivalent to 24-720mm, in a body which is a mere 34mm (1.5″) thick! This remarkable achievement is unmatched by any other digital camera on the market.

The ZS40 offers full manual-controls, including manual focus and choice of metering systems, plus a 10 FPS continuous drive and 1080p video capture at 60 FPS. It even has AEB and HDR capabilities, plus a GPS and WiFi with NFC. The compromise is a longer zoom than any other premium models yet with a much slower lens.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS35 continues the line of traditional travel-zooms with full manual-controls a 20X ultra-wide-angle lens, equivalent to 24-480mm, in an equally compact body as the ZS40. This model will cost a good amount less than its high-end sibling.

This places the ZS35 second in the Panasonic lineup of travel-zooms. Like the ZS40, it brings Wifi but no GPS. This one records 1080p video at 30 FPS which is inline with mainstream offerings.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8

The next model is an ultra-compact ultra-zoom for those who prefer the convenience of a pocket-size camera above all else. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 one fits a 16X ultra-wide-angle lens, equivalent to 24 – 288mm, in body 27mm thick.

This ultra-slim digital camera features a 16 MP CCD which captures 720p HD video. While it is a bit slower and under-powered, this fully automatic camera still manages to include built-in WiFi.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

The last model of the day is the large Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40 which is part of Panasonic’s mid-range ultra-zoom series. The LZ40 packs an enormous extremely wide 42X stabilized optical zoom lens, equivalent to 22 – 924mm, which makes it incredibly versatile, particularly for architecture and large interior shots.

This ultra-zoom is built around a 20 MP CCD with 720p HD video capture. It offers full manual-controls and a 3″ LCD with 460K pixels to frame images but no EVF.

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F/1.2 ASPH Mega OIS

Finally, Panasonic unveiled the world’s brightest stabilized lens. The Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F/1.2 for Micro Four-Thirds. This incredibly bright lens is equivalent to an 85mm lens on a full-frame camera yet is much lighter and potentially brings improved hand-held low-light shooting to cameras without built-in stabilization.

The premium Nocticron is scheduled to be available in March 2014 for $1599 USD.

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Sony is proving time and time again that they are the masters of miniaturization. Not only do they have the smallest full-frame digital cameras and the smallest such mirrorless but they are now adding the smallest mirrorless digital camera to their line-up. The really impressive part is that they managed to do it with a standard 1.5X crop APS-C sensor.

Sony Alpha A5000

The new Sony Alpha A5000 features a 20 megapixels EXMOR high-speed CMOS sensor and a Sony E lens mount, just like their NEX series of mirrorless digital cameras. Barely the height of its mount, the A5000 is 110mm wide and only 36mm thick (1.5″), making it the size of a small compact camera. With battery and memory, it weighs barely 269g. This of course is without lens.

This mirrorless features a quiet mechanical-shutter with a 1/4000 – 30s range of shutter-speeds. It can sustain 3.5 FPS at full-resolution for up to 15 JPEG images and also captures full 1080p HD video, albeit at 24 FPS which is a little slower than its peers. The rear of the camera still manages to fit a large 3″ LCD with 460K that tilts up to 180°.

While there are only space for a few physical controls on the A5000, this model still offers full-manual controls, including manual-focus, spot metering and bracketing. It offers built-in WiFi with NFC to make sharing easier.

The Sony Alpha A5000 is scheduled to be available this March for $600 USD, including a 16-50mm power-zoom lens which makes the whole camera and lens rather compact, even for a mirrorless.

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Right at the start of CES 2014, Nikon refreshed quite a number of their entry-level digital cameras in various classes. In total, nine cameras and two lenses were shown.

Nikon D3300

The new Nikon D3300 offers a 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter, making it the cheapest DSLR to be able to take advantage of maximum lens sharpness. It boasts a faster processor than the D3200 reviewed here and can now capture 1080p HD video at 60 FPS or full-resolution images at 5 FPS.

Along with the D3300, a new bright F/1.8 full-frame 35mm prime was unveiled. The Nikkor AF-S 35mm F/1.8G offers silent shooting thanks to a built-in ultra-sonic focus-motor. This very light prime offers a moderately wide field-of-view on full-frame cameras or a normal one on APS-C models.

The big news though is actually the new kit-lens sold with the D3300. This is the first DSLR lens made with a collapsible design which lets it become more compact while not in use. The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR II will also be sold separately. As its name implies, this lens offers built-in image-stabilization.

There are also refreshed versions of Coolpix cameras:

Nikon Coolpix L30

  • Nikon Coolpix L30 – High-resolution AA-powered ultra-compact with 5X optical zoom, a 20 MP CCD and 720p HD capture.

Nikon Coolpix L330

  • Nikon Coolpix L330 – High-resolution mid-size ultra-zoom with a stabilized 26X optical zoom lens, a 20 MP CCD and 720p HD recording.

Nikon Coolpix L830

  • Nikon Coolpix L830 – Medium-size ultra-zoom with an extremely wide-angle stabilized 34X optical zoom lens starting at 22.5mm. Features a high-speed 16 MP CMOS capable of 1080p HD capture.

Nikon Coolpix S2800

  • Nikon Coolpix S2800 – High-resolution ultra-compact with a stabilized 5X optical zoom, a 20 MP CCD and 720p HD capture.

Nikon Coolpix S3600

  • Nikon Coolpix S3600 – High-resolution compact with 8X ultra-wide-angle optical soom and built-in stabilization. Features 20 MP CCD and 720p HD recording.
  • Nikon Coolpix S5300 – Ultra-compact with an 8X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens, paired with a 16 MP high-speed CMOS sensor capable of 1080p HD capture. Built-in WiFi.
  • Nikon Coolpix S6700 – Ultra-compact with an 10X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens, paired with a 16 MP high-speed CMOS sensor capable of 1080p HD capture. Built-in WiFi.

Nikon Coolpix S6800

  • Nikon Coolpix S6800  – Ultra-compact with an 12X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens, paired with a 16 MP high-speed CMOS sensor capable of 1080p HD capture.

Among the press released, Nikon revealed that they are working the D4S successor of their flagship professional D4. Not much more details were revealed but the new model will be on display at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

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Just today Canon unveiled 3 new Powershot digital cameras for beginners. The smallest Canon Powershot ELPH 340HS is an ultra-compact with an 8X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom lens and 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor. Like the rest of the cameras Canon announced today, the ELPH 340HS includes built-in WiFi.

The new Canon Powershot SX600 HS is a travel-zoom with an impressive 20X ultlra-wide-angle zoom in an ultra-compact body, giving it one of the most potent zoom-to-size ratio of any digital camera. It offers some manual controls, including manual-focus which is rarely seen in such small cameras.

Lastly the Canon Powershot N100 takes the N-concept to the next level of sharing. This unique compact camera features a second rear-facing lens and sensor to capture the photographer right at the moment a picture is taken. The main ultra-bright F/1.8 lens provides 5X optical zoom and is paired with a larger-than-usual 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor.

The new N100 offers built-in sharing functionality with both WiFi and NFC. A tilting LCD screen allows its unique images to be captured from a variety of angles. This model offers a more conventional body with a higher number of external controls than previous N models, making it faster and easier to use.

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Welcome back to everyone waiting for the launch of this year’s new arrivals! First off, Fuji just released a number of ultra-zooms, a new color for their flagship premium compact and the brightest X-mount Fujinon lens to date. Lets get right to the novelties:

There is now a black version of the Fuji X100S. It is identical to the X100S reviewed here in every way expect the color. The new model is all black instead of black and silver. This gives it a more inconspicuous look.

Fuji Finepix S1

The new Fuji Finepix S1 starts a new line of ultra-zooms and the first one to be fully weather-sealed. With 70 seals, the S1 is protected against adverse weather from rain to sand. Its huge 50X optical zoom lens is paired with a 5-axis image-stabilization system and 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor.

The S1 is an advanced ultra-zoom with full manual-controls and full 1080p HD video capture at 60 FPS. It boasts a high-resolution 920K-pixels EVF and rotating 3″ LCD. Built-in WiFi adds to the feature set.

The Fuji Finepix S9200 is another ultra-zoom with a slightly slower but equally impressive 50X optical zoom lens. This model is not weather-sealed but lighter than the S1. As a prosumer model, the S9200 still features full manual-controls and a built-in EVF, this time with 200K pixels.

A nearly identical Fuji Finepix S9400W adds WiFi to the specifications. Both these ultra-zooms are powered by ubiquitous AA batteries.

Yet another ultra-zoom added to the lineup, the Fuji Finepix S8600 offers a more compact and even lighter body with a very respectable 36X optical zoom and 16 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor. This model offers some manual-controls but no EVF. It is oddly powered by 3 AA batteries which gives it lower battery-life than its peers yet this certainly helps keep the weight down.

The final Fuji launch of the day is the eagerly-awaited Fujinon XF56mm F/1.2R which is the brightest X-mount lens to date. Its 56mm focal-length is ideal for portraits when accounting for the 1.5X crop-factor of Fuji mirrorless cameras. The ultra-bright aperture promises smooth bokeh with shallow depth-of-field seen in classic portraits. This one will be available next month for $999 USD.

Along with the new lens, Fuji unveiled a new roadmap for new lenses:

  • Fujinon XF16-55mm F/2.8R OIS
  • Fujinon XF50-140mm F/2.8R OIS
  • Fujinon XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS
  • Undisclosed Fast Wide
  • Undisclosed Fast Telephoto

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