Cameras Add Advanced Features For Q4

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— Kodak, Nikon and Sony have introduced a range of digital cameras with advanced features in time for the holiday selling season.

From point-and-shoots to aggressively priced d-SLRs, the following companies offered new twists to bring shoppers into stores this fall.


unveiled a new ultra-compact point-and-shoot M590 digicam and the PlayTouch, which is a next-edition model in its popular pocket video camera line.

Both cameras include Kodak’s Share Button technology that helps consumers tag pictures and videos directly on the camera for easy uploading to such sites at Facebook, Kodak Gallery, Flickr, Orkut and YouTube.

The EasyShare M590 ($200 suggested retail) digital camera ships this fall and includes a 5x optical zoom lens, face recognition, Kodak’s Smart Capture system, built-in image stabilization, a 2.7-inch bright LCD, HD video recording and a MicroSD card slot.

The PlayTouch ($230) pocket video camera line includes a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen, FullHD 1080p video recording, new on-camera editing, image stabilization and an external microphone jack.


introduced a pair of CoolPix point-and-shoot cameras, including a second-gen combination Pico camera projector and a new edition to its entry d-SLR line in the D3100.

The D3100, with FullHD video recording, offers a 14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and an enhanced Guide Mode. It will be available in September as part of a kit with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens for a $699 estimated selling price.

New to the CoolPix point-and-shoot line is the S1100pj ($350), which ships in September and is Nikon’s secondgeneration Pico projector digicam, and the S5100 ($180), set to ship in October. Both models include HD video recording, Nikon’s Expeed C2 image processing engine for sharper images Scene Auto Selector/Easy Auto Mode, and Smart Portrait System that incorporates a series of automatic functions, among other features.


has unveiled three d-SLRs in its Alpha line, all of which offer 3D Panorama Sweep still image capture and 1080i HD video recording.

The a560, a33 and a55 are the company’s first d-SLRs to offer video recording. All include APS HD Exmor CMOS imagers, newly advanced high-speed Bionz image processors and will accept the company’s Alpha-series lenses with Carl Zeiss optics.

The a560 (shipping in October at a $650 suggested retail for the body only or $750 for a kit including an 18-55mm lens) offers 14.2-megapixel still image resolution and dual Live View systems, including Quick AF Live View using a secondary sensor that does not bypass the conventional phase-change AF system during Live View, allowing quick auto focusing without interruption or noise.

Models a33 (shipping in August at $650 for the body only and $750 for a kit with an 18-55mm lens) and the a55 (shipping in September at $750 for the body only or $850 for a kit with an 18-55mm lens) both incorporate a new stationary mirror using Translucent Mirror Technology to pass light from the lens to the image sensor and the AF sensor simultaneously, significantly increasing the cameras’ continuous shooting and AF performance, for up to 10 fps with AF in the a55, and 7 fps in the a33, while enabling a reduced body size and 26 percent reduction in weight in the a55.


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