There's a lot to love about the new Canon SD 1100 IS, an update to the existing SD 1000. With the SD 1100 IS, Canon has upped resolution from 7.4 megapixels to 8.3 megapixels and, as you can guess from the IS in its name, added optical image stabilization.
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.
No big surprises here. Canon's pre-PMA (mini) blitz serves up only five new models, all of which are incremental upgrades to existing Canon cameras. That's not to say they're not exciting new cameras--just not unexpected. The Canon Rebel XSi (an upgrade to the Canon Rebel XTi) has been spinning about the rumor mill for a while now...
PMA 2008 doesn't officially begin until January 31, but the onslaught of new camera announcements has already begun. Olympus announced 10 new cameras in the U.S. today ranging from four new models in its FE line of compact cameras to the much-ballyhooed SP-570 (which Olympus describes as having the body of an ultrazoom and the soul of an SLR). Herewith are my two faves of the bunch:
Calling all digital photographers: If you haven't seen this video from Siggraph 2007, you must check it out. Ignore the monotonous voice of the narrator--he doesn't sound nearly as excited as he should be--and watch his demo of "Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing" presented by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir from the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab (I promise, it's much more exciting than it sounds).
All the world is abuzz about Steve Job's pulling an Apple MacBook Air out of an interoffice envelope at MacWorld 2008 this week, but for digital camera fans the Air isn't the only new skinny in town. BenQ's new DSC X800 claims to be the world's thinnest 8-megapixel digital camera.
Okay, so CES may be ancient history, but if everyone can still be blogging about Gizmodogate, I can put up one more post about Bug Labs. This company was at CES showing off its open source modular gadget platform, called BUG. For the true gadget geek, this has got to be one of the coolest ideas since sliced bread. Essentially, you pick and choose your electronic modules and snap them together to build your own gadget.
None of the serious digital camera reviewers typically gives Kodak the time of day. Case in point, of the nine cameras Kodak announced at CES, CNET didn't cover a single one in its extensive show coverage. And I dread to think what the first commenter from my previous post (the photographer who shuns Samsung) thinks of Kodak cameras. So perhaps I shouldn't admit it, but I think there is something to be said about the company's "you press the button, we do the rest" mantra.
CES may not be a big show for cameras traditionally, but some of the camera vendors that aren't waiting for PMA this year have outdone themselves with sheer numbers. Samsung announced eight new cameras cameras alone and Kodak trotted out nine of its own. Samsung wins my vote for the most interesting of the bunch:
This week, I'll be doing some armchair reporting on digital camera announcements at CES 2008 (it would be cruel and unusual to make me fly out to Vegas twice in one month, so I'm saving it up for PMA 2008 in late January). Though most camera vendors save their big product announcements for PMA, a few interesting digicams are already hitting the show floor at the REALLY BIG SHOW in Las Vegas.
First it was the nailclippers, then the liquids, now it's rechargeable Lithium batteries. As of January 1, the US Department of Transportation is limiting loose Lithum-Ion batteries in your carry-on luggage, and restricting them altogether in checked luggage.