I've long been a fan of the Canon Digital Elph line, particularly the wide-angle PowerShot SD870 IS, which was eventually replaced by the 10-megapixel SD880 IS that's still in the Canon lineup (listing at $299.99). So it was with particular interest that I scoped out the four new Elphs announced in last week's Canon blast.
Digital Cameras & Camcorders
Gadget geek Janice Chen delivers real-world buying advice of the best digital photography gear to get.
Janice got her hands on a Nikon Coolpix 900 back in 1998 and has been a digital camera enthusiast ever since.
One day after Fujifilm, Sony, and Samsung made their piddling four- and five-camera announcements, Canon blasts onto the pre-PMA scene with a whopping 10 new PowerShot cameras to announce today: Canon's first waterproof compact camera, the PowerShot D10; two new megazooms, the SX1 IS and SX200; four new Digital Elph cameras, the SD970 IS, SD960 IS, SD780 IS, and SD1200 IS;and three additions to its PowerShot A-2series, the A2100 IS, A1100 IS, and A480.
Though it's still about two weeks away, the leadup to PMA 2009 has officially begun. Today saw a flurry of new camera announcements: Four from Samsung, five from Sony, and five from Fujifilm. Of all the announcements, Fujifilm's intrigued me the most as it included the FinePix Z33WP, the company's first waterproof point-and-shoot (along with the Finepix Z30, S1500, J20, and J250).
It's common knowledge that inkjets are the Gillette razors of the personal tech industry: They sell the printers cheap and then gouge us with high-priced ink cartridges. To help provide more transparency into the true total cost of ownership for an inkjet printer, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a non-profit consumer research organization, recently released a new tool for estimating ink costs.
The economy has most of us on an austerity program these days. But your tax refund is almost like found money and we all need a little cheering up, so why not at least fantasize about ways to treat yourself with a splurge? With that in mind, I've put together a list of must-have items for shooters who are looking to make the leap from compact cameras to a digital SLR--all of which can be had for less than $2,429--the average tax refund for 2008.
Folks in the market for a high-end compact camera have likely been choosing between high resolution and detail (the Canon PowerShot G10) or better low-light performance (the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3). But Fujifilm's new FinePix F200EXR, announced Wednesday, aims to give you the best of both worlds with it's new Super CCD EXR technology.
Nikon busted out eight new cameras yesterday, including two megazooms (one high-end, one budget), four S-series ultra compact models, and two sub-$130 cheapies.
Panasonic followed up its recent budget compact camera announcements with six new models ranging in price from $249.95 to $399.95, all due out in April. The new cameras are the Lumix DMC-TS1, ZS3 (and ZS1), FX580, FX48, and FS25.
If carrying both a digital camera and camcorder around drags you down, you'll want to pay close attention to Sanyo's new 2009 Xacti lineup, announced today. The company rolled out six models that it thinks merit a whole new category called "Dual Cameras," which it separates from digital cameras and digital camcorders on its site.
Panasonic unveiled three new digital cameras today: The Lumix DMC-FS7, DMC-FS15, and the DMC-LS85. The FS7 and FS15 are additions to Panasonic's Lumix FS line of compact, stylish, and easy-to-use point-and-shooters, while the DMC-LS85 is a low-end budget model that takes AA batteries.