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Denver — Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas unveiled this week a white version of its WG-3 ruggedized point-and-shoot digital cameras, which launched in March.
The WG-3 line now offers five body color choices including the new white: black and orange or in green or purple in the GPS version.
The WG-3 and WG-3 GPS line offer weather-proof, shock-proof cameras for action-oriented photographers.
Pentax upgraded the features on the now 15th-generation line.
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics introduced Wednesday the NX2000 compact system camera (CSC) combining the company’s SMART Camera technology with professional level image quality.
Samsung’s NX2000 is available at a $650 suggested retail in a choice of white, black and pink body colors. It includes a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, strong low-light performance (from 100 to 25,600 ISO) and a new DRIMe IV processing engine, which further reduces image noise, improves speed and enhances color reproduction.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic continued to send out camera announcements for the third day in a row on Friday as it unveiled 10 exclusive new designs for the previously announced Lumix ultra-thin DMC-XS1.
The Panasonic digital camera, which combines a host of creative options in “Panasonic’s slimmest body yet,” will be offered in 10 new design patterns based on the following six concepts:
• Pop Art: cheerful design with colorful graphics;
Secaucus, N.J. – In addition to the DMC-G6 compact system camera, Panasonic introduced late Wednesday the Lumix LF1, which is a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor-based compact camera that captures RAW image files.
Panasonic’s Lumix LF1 ($500 street retail) compact point-and-shoot features a 7.1x optical zoom (28-200mm equivalent), and like the G6 also includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with nearfield communication (NFC) functionality that allows wireless sharing of images and videos with mobile devices by tapping the devices together.
San Diego — Sony introduced Wednesday the Cyber-shot HX50 compact point-and-shoot camera featuring a 30x optical zoom range and advanced 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – Sigma introduced Thursday what it is calling the first F1.8 constant aperture zoom lens.
Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (pricing to be announced later) is the latest addition to the company’s Art line of lenses, designed under the new Global Vision.
The lens was created for DSLR cameras with APS-C size sensors, which translates to a focal range of 27-52.5mm on a 35mm camera.
Denver — Pentax Ricoh Imaging introduced Wednesday the Ricoh GR, an advanced compact camera that incorporates an APS-C sized CMOS sensor.
The camera, which ships in May at an $800 suggested retail, illustrates the company’s intention of keeping the Ricoh brand moving forward in the consumer imaging space, despite the acquisition of the Pentax brand and assets.
The Ricoh GR’s 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor will deliver a shallow depth of field, strong low-light performance and a wide dynamic range.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics launched Thursday a Wi-Fi version of its Galaxy Camera that is centered on the Android 4.1 platform.
The Samsung Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera, which ships later this month at a $450 suggested retail, is a point-and-shoot camera with an easy-to-navigate user interface and access to Android applications from the Google Play market.
An earlier version of the camera was launched with built-in 4G LTE support.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Fujifilm introduced Friday a pair of FinePix point-and-shoots, including the all-weather XP200 and the S8400W super telephoto model.
The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 (shipping in May at a $300 suggested retail) is a ruggedly built camera featuring a 16-megpixel CMOS sensor, 28-140mm telephoto lens, image stabilization, 3-inch 920,000-dot LCD monitor, 10 fps continuous shooting mode, 1080/60i HD video capture, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with mobile device linking app.
Melville, N.Y. – Nikon introduced Tuesday three additional Coolpix compact point-and-shoot cameras, including the company’s first model to incorporate a DX format (APS-C) CMOS sensor.
The models include the Coolpix A DX format super telephoto with a $1,100 suggested retail, the Coolpix P330 compact bridge style camera at a suggested $330, and the S3500 at $140. All three ship in March.