Point-And-Shoots Debut At CP+ 2012

By Greg Tarr On Feb 28 2012 - 7:02pm




YOKOHAMA, JAPAN — Japanese digital camera makers held back some of their spring pointand- shoot offerings from International CES so they could make a splash at the recent CP+ 2012 Show held here, but the trends were all the same.

Virtually all of the major manufacturers showed models with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, ultralong zoom lenses and advanced CMOS image sensors that enhanced both still and video shooting capability.

The following were some of the new models to emerge:

Canon U.S.A. introduced 10 PowerShot digital cameras including the Elph-530HS ($350 suggested retail) with built-in Wi-Fi functionality.

Other highlights included two Elph series compacts, the Elph 530 HS (shipping in April at a $350 suggested retail) and Elph 320 HS (March, $280), as well as the PowerShot SX260 HS (March, $350) and D20 (May, $350).

The company also introduced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability and a stylish redesign with a variety of fashionable color options in the A4000 IS (February, $200), A3400 IS (March, $180), A2400 IS and A2300 (March, $150), A1300 (April, $120) and A810 (April, $110) cameras.

The PowerShot Elph 530 HS and Elph 320 HS include embedded Wi-Fi capability to instantly share photos and videos over the Internet.

The Elph 530 HS includes a 0.78-inch-thick body design, 12x optical zoom lens, 1080p Full- HD video recording, a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen, Smart Auto scene selection with 58 scenes, Face ID for 12 registered subjects and Intelligent Image Stabilization.

The Elph 320 HS features a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, FullHD 1080p video recording, 5x-optical zoom, 24mm wide-angle lens, 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen, and Smart Auto with 58 scenes, Face ID and Intelligent IS.

The pocket-sized PowerShot SX260 HS adds a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm), 20x optical zoom lens with a 25mm wide-angle, optical IS, 1.29-inch body thickness, 1080p HD video capture, HS System, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor. It will shoot up to 10.3 high-resolution frames per second.

The PowerShot D20 is a waterproof, shock-proof and freeze-proof camera with easy-to-access buttons. Features include underwater macro-shooting mode, 1080p video capture with wind noise reduction, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, 5x optical zoom lens, 3-inch LCD screen and GPS capabilities.

Meanwhile, three of the new PowerShot A-series cameras — the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS — will be the first in the value camera series to include image stabilization. Models include 16-megapixel CCD sensors, 720p HD video capture and lenses starting at a 28mm wide angle of view.

Nikon unveiled nine Coolpix models highlighted by the P510 (shipping in February at a $430 suggested retail), which features a 42x Nikkor optical wide-angle zoom lens (24-1,000mm) and advanced optical vibration reduction image stabilization. It incorporates a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, 3-inch tilting variangle LCD screen, GPS, 5 fps burst shooting and FullHD (1080p) video capture with stereo sound.

The Coolpix S30 (February, $120 suggested retail) offers a shockproof (to 2.6 feet) and waterproof (to 9.8 feet) body, 10.1-megapixel resolution and 3x wide-angle Nikkor optical zoom lens, and it shoots up to 720p HD video.

The Coolpix P310 (February, $330) offers a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a fast 4.2x Nikkor wide-angle f/1.8 zoom lens, advanced optical vibration reduction, a new zoom memory function and 1080/30p HD video recording.

Other models include: the S9300 (February, $350) 16-megapixel, 18x optical zoom model; the S6300 (February, $200) 16-megapixel, 10x optical zoom; the S4300 (February, $170) 16-megapixel, 3-inch touchscreen LCD, with 720p HD video; the S3300 (February, $140) 16-megapixel, 6x optical zoom; the L810 (February, $280) 26x ultra-zoom; and the L26 (February, $120) 5x optical zoom model.

Pentax unveiled two weatherproof WG series cameras in the Pentax Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS digital compacts. The two are waterproof to 40 feet, dust-proof, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F and shock-resistant from 5 feet. Each will record FullHD 1080/30p (H.264) video and include a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor.

They each have a wide-angle 5x (28-140mm 35mm equivalent) internal optical zoom lens; 3-inch LCD; an HDMI port (Micro, Type-D); digital movie shake reduction; fast face detection; and extended dynamic range, smile capture and blink detection.

The WG-2 GPS offers GPS geo-tagging using a GPS module that was engineered for shorter time lag and longer battery life.

The Optio WG-2 (shipping in March at a $350 suggested retail) is offered in black or vermillion red, and the Optio WG-2 GPS (March, $400) is offered in a choice of shiny orange or gloss white.

Sigma introduced the new Merrill line of digital cameras highlighted by the re-launch of the SD1 d-SLR as the SD1 Merrill, in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the late inventor of the technology used in the camera’s Foveon X3 image sensor.

In addition the new Merrill line also includes the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill point-and-shoot models, each carrying the same 46-megapixel Foveon X3 imager.

Both fixed-lens, compact cameras incorporate three-layer True II image processing; RAW and JPEG format recording; manual focus capability; a 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD; a hot shoe; and 30 fps VGA (640 by 480) movie mode.

The DP1 Merrill features a 19mm F2.8 fixed lens, and the DP2 Merrill features a 30mm F2.8 fixed lens.

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