By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – Looking to attract a more savvy audience of image-quality-conscious photographers, leading camera makers rolled out a number of new interchangeable- lens cameras (ILCs) offering advanced resolution and responsiveness.
In addition to the Panasonic unveiling the world’s first Micro Four Thirds ILC capable of capturing 4K Ultra HD video, Olympus revealed a new addition to its OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera family, while Sony pulled out its Alpha a6000 mirrorless compact.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
NEW YORK – Spring is not exactly in the air, but the calendar says it’s time for CP+ Expo, and that means lots of new compact cameras.
Due to continued pressures on the low end of the camera market, manufacturers this year are turning their sights more and more on prosumers and advanced amateurs in developing point-and-shoots that are both easy to carry, yet produce professional-quality results.
The following are some of the latest camera models announced for spring/summer availability:
LAS VEGAS — Sigma unveiled at International CES two new Global Vision-series lenses, including the improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses.
The 18-200mm is listed on retail sites for pre-order at $399. Pricing on the 50mm F1.4 Art lens will be announced later.
LAS VEGAS — Panasonic used International CES to unveil four Lumix long-zoom point-and-shoot cameras and a new Leica Nocticron lens for its Micro Fourth Thirds interchangeable-lens camera models.
The highlight of the new Lumix ZS series cameras is the DMC-ZS40 (pricing and availability to be announced), billed as a super-slim compact camera with a Live View Finder (LVF), 30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm), a control ring, RAW capture capability and focus peaking.
LAS VEGAS — The smartphone continued to take its toll on plans of camera manufactures in 2013, setting a stage for 2014 that is expected to pursue photo enthusiasts and prosumers to a greater degree.
That was the assessment of leading category analysts, who observed lower-than-expected sales of both point-and-shoot and entry interchangeable-lens camera categories as more specialized professional-grade models tallied the little growth the industry enjoyed last year.
LAS VEGAS – Typically camera makers have used International CES as a showcase for point-and-shoot cameras, but with interest still waning for cheap models, several companies are rolling out the heavier interchangeable-lens camera artillery.
This year, DSLR camera bodies are getting even smaller as mirrorless compact system cameras (CSCs) add more professional features, blurring the lines of distinction between the two concepts.
The following is a glance at what some of the top camera brands are planning to roll out to kick off the year.
LAS VEGAS — Although the continued evolution of the camera phone is reducing the SKU count in many point-and-shoot assortments for 2014, manufacturers are far from abandoning the category.
This year, camera makers are shifting emphasis away from the entry-level point-and-shoot and narrowing their focus on super zooms, models with Wi-Fi connectivity and high-resolution image sensors, which command higher tickets and take better photos than a typical smartphone can.
Sigma Lenses Get Nikon Update
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Sigma recently made a free firmware upgrade available to photographers using its lenses with a Nikon mount on the Nikon D5300 camera body.
The company said it has discovered that when paired with the D5300, Sigma Nikonmount lenses containing internal motors do not properly operate the optical stabilization and live view autofocus functions.
The issue is specific to lenses used with this particular camera.
NEW YORK – The 2013 Black Friday period has taken on a different complexion from prior years when it comes to advertising and promoting digital imaging products, analysts told TWICE.
Instead of focusing on entry point-and-shoot cameras at the lowest price points, camera manufacturers are promoting more advanced offerings, including compact system cameras (CSCs), DSLRs and better-featured pointand- shoots than in the past.
NEW YORK – Nikon and Olympus recently made a couple of interesting late-year upscale camera introductions, including Nikon’s first retro-look full-frame DSLR and Olympus’ advanced Stylus point-and shoot.
Nikon’s Df full-frame DSLR takes aim at the company’s rich tradition and history, offering an advanced digital camera in a retro-styled body reminiscent of the company’s popular film-based SLRs of the past.