Snapshot of the latest launches from digital camera makers
Despite the sad demise of Jessops, there are still plenty of us who are looking for more than just a camera phone to capture our memories and grab some spectacular shots. And there’s plenty on offer, as the camera makers have just launched their latest products at the massive CES show in Las Vegas.
Camera giants Nikon have thrown four new snappers into the mix, along with a couple of zoom lenses for up-close shots There are two new introductions to the Nikon 1 range, both boasting the fastest time lag and continuous shooting, according to Nikon. The Nikon 1 J3 has the world’s smallest body for a camera of its type, says Nikon, and a stylish aluminium exterior, with prices starting at £579.99. The Nikon 1 S1 is the first of the new S-series of fast, stylish, straightforward camera bodies promising great results with even less effort. (£479.99) Both out Feb 7.
The Nikon COOLPIX S2700 comes in a range of bright colours, is designed to fit in the hand and has a 6x zoom lens for getting close to the action. It has a 16MP CCD image sensor, and grabs 720p HD video too. Great for taking pictures of people, with Smart Portrait mode, Smile Timer and Blink Proof modes.
Out now exclusively at Argos.
The Nikon COOLPIX S6500, meanwhile, is a 16mp CMOS sensor compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi, so that you can upload photos and video to a smart device ready to share on social media – you can even use your smart device as a remote control for the snapper – useful if you want to take self portraits. The two lenses are from the 1 NIKKOR range: the 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7–13mm f/3.5–5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom lens (£459.99 March 7) and the 1 NIKKOR VR 10–100mm f/4.0–5.6 powerful 10x zoom lens (£479.99 Feb 7). Both lenses feature Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system that corrects image blur so that images and video remain steady. Both feature a retractable lens mechanism for greater portability
You can’t mention Nikon without Canon, and the other camera giant has also expanded on its range of compact cameras. All feature Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor technology and high-res 16-megapixel sensors for detailed and colour-rich images. The new PowerShot models have a 5x optical zoom, while the new IXUS 140’s powerful 8x optical zoom gets even closer to the subject. The ZoomPlus technology digitally extends each zoom’s reach to up to double that of the optical zoom. The IXUS 140 and PowerShot A3500 IS also feature Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technology, which detects the style of camera shake and chooses the most suitable camera settings from six different modes to avoid it. Digital IS mode on the PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400 automatically detects any camera or subject motion, and alters the camera’s ISO, shutter speed, or even shoots multiple images, to ensure sharp, clear photos.
Wi-Fi is the big news for the IXUS 140 and the PowerShot A3500 IS. You can use the free Canon CameraWindow application to connect and transfer pictures or movies to both iOS and Android smartphones or tablets or upload directly to social networks. Plus Wi-Fi connectivity combined with Canon Image gateway lets you share or back up images directly from the camera to the cloud.Locations can also be tagged on the IXUS 140 and PowerShot A3500 IS using the GPS via mobile function. The IXUS 140 Grey is £159 from late Feb; the PowerShot A3500 IS costs £129 from early March; the PowerShot A2600 is £109 and available from late Feb, and the PowerShot A1400 is £99 from Late Feb.
Samsung is also making much of sharing files this year with the launch of its Smart Camera 2.0 technology, aimed at smartphone users. New functionalities let you shoot and share photography. Samsung’s ‘One Click, Simplify’ concept means connected devices can seamlessly connect so images can be shared in one motion. The Samsung Smart Camera App lets smartphone users connect with the pre-installed Smart Camera capabilities via a Wi-Fi connection to manipulate, share and back-up shots from Samsung snappers.
Samsung’s new flagship camera in the WB long-zoom series is the WB250F, with 18x optical zoom, a 14.2 Megapixel BSI CMOS (WB250F) or CCD (WB200F) sensor and 24mm lens. Navigation comes via a hybrid touch interface with touch LCD screen and five-way navigational keys. Full manual mode offers total control over settings. Group shots are made easy with Best Face, which automatically selects the best facial expressions from a burst shot, while SMART Mode and Motion Photo features, let you achieve pro-standard quality and creativity under any conditions, says Samsung. With Wi-Fi capabilities, users can share snaps quickly and easily. The WB250F also has a pop-up flash and comes in white, cobalt black, gun metal and red.
Sharing may be the message from Canon and Samsung, but Olympus is building on its reputation for producing cameras that can stand up to anything with three new releases in its TOUGH range.
OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 – £349.99
Available in red and black from early February, this is a compact camera offering full HD-movies and stills in the harshest conditions; from low light 15 metres underwater to fast action winter sports and close-ups of the natural world. It is also crushproof to a force of 100kg, shockproof for drops of up to 2.1 metres and freezeproof* to -10°C. Should be all right for a night out in Newcastle, then.
OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 – £249.99
Available in red, black, blue or silver from mid-March, the new Olympus TOUGH TG-830 has the same tough specs of the TG-2 and lets you record fast-moving subjects in Full HD 1080/30p format or in 1080/60i. Use Multi Recording to grab Full HD movies and 16MP stills at the same time – or record in 120fps (HD) or 240fps high-speed movie mode for dramatic slow-motion playback of action scenes. Also features e.compass and GPS.
OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 – £169.99
Available in red, black, blue or white from early February, the new Olympus TOUGH TG-630 is waterproof to a depth of 5 metres, shockproof to a height of 1.5 metres and freezeproof to -10°C. Like the others it has iHS sensor and image processing technologies for capturing the shots you want irrespective of shooting conditions, Full HD and high frame rate movie recording along with a choice of 11 creative filters. FlashAir wireless compatibility lets you transfer images to your cloud or social networks.
Panasonic is also getting tough, and says its new compact, the LUMIX DMC-FT5, is its toughest photo and video compact device to date, whether you’re grabbing shots whether underwater, on a mountain or in the desert. A new red colour reproduction has been introduced especially to grab the real colours seen underwater. Waterproof to a depth of 13 metres, shockproof from a height of 2 metres, freeze proof to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius and pressure resistant to 100kg, the LUMIX FT5 has a great set of tough credentials. It grabs full HD, 1920×1080 movie recording and audio capture with Dolby Digital Creator. It also features a 16.1 megapixel high sensitivity sensor, new Venus engine, time lapse recording and 10 frames per second burst shooting. You can connect to WiFi using NFC, for remote picture capture. The LUMIX FT5 boasts one-touch easy connection to Wi-Fi with NFC, tag location using the built-in GPS functionality, you get 1GB cloud storage, connectivity to your TV and easy transfer to wireless printers. The FT5 will be in available in the stores and online from April, and its ‘little brother’, the FT25, will appear in March.