News entries for January, 2012

Olympus SZ-12: Coat-pocket friendly ultrazoom debuts

Olympus's SZ-12 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Olympus announced no less than eleven camera models for this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and we kick off the list with the Olympus SZ-12.

Perhaps the most interesting of the five models that are currently slated to arrive in the US market this spring, the Olympus SZ-12 boasts a more powerful zoom lens than the SP-620UZ in a smaller body, providing 35mm-equivalent...

Olympus SP-620UZ: A new Ultrazoom for the US and Europe

Olympus' SP-620UZ digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Alongside Olympus Europe's launch of the SP-720UZ, the Olympus SP-620UZ has been launched in both the USA and Europe.

The Olympus SP-620UZ is quite closely related to the SP-720UZ, but it differs from the other camera in several important ways. Its image sensor is a slightly higher-res but much slower 16 megapixel CCD chip, and while we don't know the full-resolution...

Olympus TG-320: Minor update to rugged lifestyle camera

Olympus' Tough TG-320 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Continuing Olympus' CES announcements, we have the Olympus TG-320.

Like its predecessor, last year's TG-310, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is both shockproof to five feet and freezeproof to 14°F / -10°C, not to mention waterproof to ten feet. The TG-320 still has a 14 megapixel image sensor, and includes true mechanical image stabilization. Also unchanges are the 28 - 102mm...

Olympus VR-340: Affordable metal-bodied long-zoom nears market

Olympus VR-340 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Nearing the end of its US announcements for the CES show, Olympus Imaging America Inc. took the wraps off the Olympus VR-340.

The VR-340 is quite similar to the European-market VR-360 alongside which it was announced, although that model has not so far been announced in the USA.The two cameras both share the same 16 megapixel image sensor and three-inch LCD panel, but...

Olympus VG-160: Entry-level ultracompact announced

Olympus' VG-160 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Rounding out Olympus USA's CES announcements is the Olympus VG-160, a sibling to the European VG-170 and VG-150 models.

The VG-160 falls closer to the specification of the former, but without the huge flash that also gives the VG-170 it's somewhat unusual styling. The VG-160 is a 14 megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens that offers up a 26mm wide angle, in a slim...

Olympus SP-720: New Ultrazoom digicam offers 26x zoom

Olympus' SP-720UZ digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Launching a slew of camera models that--while they debuted alongside the Consumer Electronics Show--aren't slated for US availability, Olympus Europe launched the Olympus SP-720UZ.

Closely related to the SP-620UZ, one of the models being alongside which it was announced that will be shipping in the US, the SP-720UZ differs from the other camera in several important ways....

Olympus VR-360: 16 megapixel long-zoom compact for Europe

Olympus' VR-360 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.For its second non-US announcement of the show, Olympus Europe debuted the Olympus VR-360.

The VR-360 is quite similar to the VR-340 alongside which it was announced, although that model will be shipping in the US market.The two cameras both share the same 16 megapixel image sensor and three-inch LCD panel, but with differing lenses, with the more expensive VR-360...

Olympus VG-170: New flagship for VG-series

Olympus' VG-170 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Next up in Olympus CES announcements is Olympus VG-170, which assumes the top spot in the VG-series for European-market buyers; in the US that honor falls on the VG-160.

The VG-170 is a 14 megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens that offers up a 26mm wide angle, in a slim 0.9-inch thick body. The VG-170 is notable for what Olympus is describing as "roughly four times...

Olympus VG-150: Entry-level ultracompact revealed

Olympus' VG-150 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Another model from Olympus Europe that's not currently intended for the US market--although it's quite closely-related to the US-market VG-160--is the Olympus VG-150.

Unveiled alongside the CES show, the VG-150 is a 12 megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom range in a slim 0.8-inch thick body. A couple of areas where the VG-150 has a downgraded specification compared to...

Olympus VH-210: Colorful digicam in fruit-inspired colors

Olympus' VH-210 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Continuing a series of announcements from Olympus that aren't currently slated for the US market, we have a brand new entry-level model available in a range of bright, fruit-inspired colors.

The Olympus VH-210 belies its entry-level price with a slim, all-metal body. Inside reside the combination of a 14 megapixel sensor, and a useful 5x optical zoom lens with a 26mm wide...

Olympus SH-21: Affordable long-zoom camera for Europe

The Olympus SH-21 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Olympus Europe announced its new Olympus SH-21 long-zoom camera at the Consumer Electronics Show, one of a number of models that isn't currently slated to be launched in the US market.

The Olympus SH-21 is a 16 megapixel camera with a generous 12.5x optical zoom range in a fairly slim 1.2-inch thick body. The SH-21's sensor is a backside-illuminated CMOS imager, and so...

Sony Adds Ultra-high-speed Interface Compatibility to Its Line of SD Media

Sony logo.PARK RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 13, 2012 – At CES 2012, Sony announced it is expanding its line of SD cards with a new flagship series designed for ultra-high speed interface (UHS-I) compatibility, giving DSLR users superb speed and high performance. The new cards are available in capacities of 32GB (SF-32UX), 16GB (SF-16UX) and 8GB (SF-8UX).

The new cards...

Fujifilm interview: Phase detect AF definitely coming to X line

Fujifilm's Kayce Baker. Image copyright© 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Continuing our series of in-depth interviews from this year's combined CES / PMA tradeshow, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells, senior editor Shawn Barnett, and features editor Arthur Etchells were joined by Kayce M. Baker, Director of Marketing in the Electronic Imaging Division of Fujifilm North America Corp.

Clearly, the big news was Fujifilm's brand-new X-Pro1...

Pentax interview: We’re open to working with third-party developers

Pentax's John Carlson. Image copyright© 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Next up in our 2012 Consumer Electronics Show interview program, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells sat down with John Carlson, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing at Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp..

The interview covers some of the challenges faced over the last year by the photo industry, and the changes seen at Pentax since its recent acquisition by Ricoh....

Olympus interview: Cautious Americans finally coming around to mirrorless?

Olympus' Toshiyuki Terada. Image copyright© 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Launching our interview program for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells, senior editor Shawn Barnett, and features editor Arthur Etchells were joined by Toshiyuki Terada, Manager and Group Leader of the Product and Marketing Planning Group, Product and Marketing Planning Department at Olympus Imaging Corp., and Sally Smith Clemens,...

CES 2012: Our coverage continues; interviews rolling in

The Consumer Electronics Show logo. Click here to read our CES show coverage!As the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show--this year combined with the Photo Marketing Association's annual Spring tradeshow--rolls on, the announcements continue to flood our news page, while the IR team roams the show flood in search of the most interesting stories.

Right before the show kicked off, we hosted exclusive Q&A sessions with both Canon and Nikon, to discuss two...

Sony W650, W620, W610: Three new Cyber-shots for the entry-level

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-W610 digital camera. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc.Sony Electronics Inc. has introduced three new entry-level Cyber-shot cameras for its W-series at the Consumer Electronics Show: the Sony W650, Sony W620, and Sony W610.

Of the trio, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610 is the most affordable, at just US$110 or thereabouts. This model couples a 14.1 megapixel, Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor, and a Sony-branded, unstabilized 4x...

Adobe Rebrands Carousel as Revel

Adobe revel logotype with icon rgb vertical-300x222Adobe has announced it is rebranding Adobe Carousel as Adobe Revel. The company plans to offer additional photography solutions on the platform in the future, so the new branding more broadly encompasses these offerings.

According to the Photoshop.com blog, current users will see the name of the app change when they update. Revel 1.1 features "some minor fixes," including...

Sigma Corporation of America announces prime lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras at CES 2012

Sigma's logo. Click here to visit the Sigma website!New lenses and product line designed for Micro Four Thirds, E-mount systems

RONKONKOMA, NY and LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 9, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America today announced the launch of its new line of Micro Four Thirds system and E-mount lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Sigma Corporation of America announces world’s first 1:1 180mm F2.8 macro lens

Sigma's APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens. Photo provided by Sigma Corp.New fast and stabilized lens announced at Consumer Electronics Show 2012

RONKONKOMA, NY and LAS VEGAS, NV Jan. 9, 2012 – Sigma Corporation, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce the Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM,...