This year’s International CES show in Las Vegas saw new cameras and lenses from a range of manufacturers. Here, we’ve rounded up all the main releases.
The PowerShot SX600 HS combines a 16MP High Sensitivity sensor with an 18x optical zoom, while also generously including both Wi-Fi and NFC technologies, as well as full HD video recording (and all for under £200!). The IXUS 265 HS, meanwhile, mirrors many of these specs, with a slightly shorter 12x optical zoom that starts from a 25mm wideangle, and availability in black, silver, purple and pink.
Fujifilm used this year’s CES show to announce that its popular Fuji X100s model, which currently is available in a black/silver finish, will also be available in an all-black design. The company has also promised that all-black accessories for the new model will also be arriving shortly.
Additionally, the company has unveiled the Fujifilm Finepix S1, said to be the world’s first weather-sealed superzoom camera. As well sporting protection against the elements, the camera incorporates a lens that spans a focal range equivalent to 24-1200mm (in 35mm terms), with an articulated LCD screen, 16.4MP backlit sensor and Wi-Fi also standing out of its spec sheet.
The new Fuji Finepix S9200 and Fuji FinePix S9400W, meanwhile, each pack in the tempting combination of a 50x optical zoom lens with a 3in LCD screen and full HD video recording, while the Fuji Finepix S8600 manages to squeeze an 36x optically-stabilised zoom lens inside a small, DSLR-like body. Finally, the rugged Fuji Finepix XP70 is not only waterproof down to 10m and shockproof up to a height of 1.5m, but it can also be used safely in dusty and freezing conditions.
Finally, a new lens has also been added to the growing X-series stable, the Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2R. With its wide maximum aperture and seven-bladed rounded diaphragm, the optic looks set to be popular among portrait photographers, as well as those wanting to capture sharp images in low light.
The Nikon D3300 is the company’s latest entry-level DSLR, with a number of improvements over the previous Nikon D3200. Key upgrades include the most recent Expeed 4 processing engine (the same one that’s use in the more powerful Nikon D5300 DSLR), as well as a 24.2MP sensor that lacks an anti-aliasing filter for the benefit of detail retention. Other improvements include a faster 5fps burst rate and an expanded sensitivity range, and, thanks to a revised design, the model also comes with a kit lens that’s both smaller and lighter than the previous version.
Nikon also revealed that it would be releasing a Nikon D4S DSLR, with a prototype displayed behind glass at the show. Although the exact specifications of the new model have not been made available, Nikon has said that both image quality and autofocus would be improved over the existing Nikon D4, and that it would be particularly suitable for sports, nature and event photographers.
The company also added a new 35mm f1.8 G ED AF-S optic to its Nikkor line, one that’s compatible with both DX and FX camera bodies, as well a new Nikon Coolpix L830, which comes with an impressive 34x optical zoom lens that travels all the way up to 765mm. The Nikon Coolpix S6800, Nikon Coolpix S5300, Nikon Coolpix S3600 and the Nikon Coolpix L30 were also added to the Coolpix family.
Panasonic refreshed its popular Lumix TZ compact line with two new models, the Panasonic TZ55 and Panasonic TZ60. The TZ55 offers a 16MP sensor, 20x optical zoom from 28-560mm and Wi-Fi functionality, while the Panasonic TZ60 offers a more powerful 30x optical zoom from 24-720mm, in addition to NFC and Wi-Fi functionality. It also carries the honour of being the first Lumix TZ model to offer an electronic viewfinder.
The company also unveiled two further Lumix cameras. The Panasonic LZ40 is described as easily portable and user-friendly, with its 42x optical zoom backed by a 20MP sensor, while the Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a pocket-friendly compact that blends a 12x optical zoom with a 24mm wideangle start together with Wi-Fi and an HDR mode.
In addition to its compacts, Panasonic also furnished the Micro Four Thirds lens range with a new member, the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2. The lens offers an effective focal length of 85mm on a Micro Four Thirds body and a wide aperture of f/1.2, while on the inside an Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) system is said to help keep images sharp when shutter speed drops.
Samsung began announcing its new models prior to the start of this year’s show, with the Samsung SMART NX30 CSC, Galaxy Camera 2, 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS and 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS all announced a week ago. At the show the company also added the Samsung WB2200F, Samsung WB350F, Samsung WB1100F, Samsung WB50F and Samsung WB35F.
Sony unveiled the Sony A5000 CSC, while also announcing that it would be dropping the NEX moniker for future models. The camera sports a 20.1MP APS-C sensor and an articulated LCD screen, in addition to Wi-Fi and NFC technologies. Compatible with all other lenses in Sony’s E-mount line, the camera is bundled with the E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens and also available in a double-lens kit option with the E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS optic. It’s Sony’s smallest and lightest CSC to date and looks set to rival the Panasonic GF-6, Fuji X-A1 and Olympus E-PM2 for the novice user’s attention.
Sony also added the Cyber-shot W830 to its compact range, which arrives with a 20.1MP sensor, 25-200mm zoom lens and a 2.7in LCD screen, and comes in a choice of black, silver, purple and pink finishes. A further Cyber-shot W810 model was also announced.