It may not be over but we have already seen a host of new cameras coming out of the Las Vegas tech fair. Here’s our round-up of the latest and greatest in digital photography.
For 2013 Canon have rejigged their Powershot ranges, created an entirely unique camera and then added a couple of upgrades for good measure. Good news for everyone is that the Digic 4 processor has finally become the standard for all Canon compacts, giving better low light capability across the whole range and increasing resolution. While we can probably glaze over the new Powershot A3500 IS, A2600 and A1400 compact cameras; there is room here for the new kid on the block.
It’s small, it’s square(ish) and quite frankly, adorable. The Powershot N is really the first bit of design innovation we’ve seen in a long time. The Powershot N is aimed squarely at the younger market, the social media generation who are constantly connected to Kevin Bacon in some way. The N features inbuilt Wifi and will connect to Canon’s mobile App to provide one click access to things like Facebook.
The square form factor lends itself to this type of camera, with a 2.8″ rear touch screen and shutter/zoom combination built into the ring around the lens the Powershot N really benefits from well thought out design. Internally the Powershot N features the latest Digic 5 processor, HS system for low light shooting, 12.1 mega pixel sensor and 8x Optical zoom lens. Expect a full review when we get our hands on one, check out the promo video while you wait.
The rumour mill had already rumbled these but you can expect a pair of new Nikon 1 System compacts shortly. The Nikon 1 J3 builds on the success of the J range and Nikon have added a new S1 to create a whole new range of teeny-tiny cameras.
The J3 offers a sleek aluminium body with refined design over the J2. Faster on the inside and smaller on the outside the J3 offers everything you’ll need to capture adventurous kids and fast moving pets. The S1 is is a simplified and even smaller version of the J3, featuring the same shooting speed and ultra quick start-up time the S1 is perfect for those looking for full quality without the need for a degree in photography.
Building on the success of Fuji’s retro-inspired X series; the New X100s and X20 are possibly the most eagerly anticipated cameras of 2013. Fuji claim that both cameras have an increased AF speed, one of the biggest gripes with the X100, and updated X-trans sensors and EXR II processing.
The X20 features a new 12 megapixel X-trans II sensor, 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 zoom with 0.06 second AF speed. The optical viewfinder has been redesigned to zoom with the lens and, whilst there is no digital viewfinder, the enhanced rear LCD screen will be more than enough to get you by. All this new technology is blends seamlessly with the old-school aesthetics to create a camera that is as seductive to look at as it is functional to use.
The Finepix X100s offers the same manual controls and sleek look as the X100 but with completely new internals. The AF speed has dropped to just 0.06 of a second and the Fujinon 23mm f/2 lens promises excellent image quality. Using the same EXR II processor coupled with a 16 megapixel X-Trans II sensor the Fuji X100s is set to become a modern classic. Fuji’s Hybrid viewfinder has returned but with a new 2.36 million dot EVF. Check out the promo video below.
So these are the movers and shakers announced so far at CES, there may be some more goodies around the corner so make sure to keep your eyes open here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.