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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Panasonic Announces a Bunch of Superzooms; DMC-FZ200 Leads the Pack

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

Next up, we have a lot of superzoom cameras from Panasonic. First up is the something that Panasonic has not done in a long time: A superzoom with a constant aperture through the entire zoom range. The DMC-FZ200 has an optically-stabilised 24x 25-600mm equivalent zoom lens that remains at f/2.8 throughout the entire range. Quite impressive, and with a small 1/2.33" CMOS sensor packing 12 megapixels. There is also a 3" articulated HVGA LCD and a slightly below SVGA EVF. The camera does 1080p video at 60 FPS (!) in AVCHD like the G5, and can do 12 FPS continuous still shooting with AF locked, and 5.5 FPS with continuous AF. The FZ200 also supports the raw format, and has a number of external controls for the serious shooter. Coverage of the other cameras and links after the break!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Olympus Cameras: Two Super Zoom and Two Rugged

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/02/...ylus-tough-801/

"Olympus is kicking out a foursome of new shooters: The SP-800UZ megazoom... boasts an almost mind-melting 30x optical zoomer.... [While] the SP-600UZ sports a stepped-down list of features.... Moving on, there's the 'shockproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof' Stylus Tough 8010 and 6020.... The Stylus Tough point and shoots continue to feel really solid, and the SP-800UZ felt surprisingly light in our hands."

Engadget has a "hands-on" preview of four new Olympus cameras - including a number of photos and a link to the official press release - and their initial impression seems positive. The Stylus Tough series actually features three new models: ST8010 (shown immediately above), ST6020 (slightly less rugged) and the entry level ST3000, and these seem like a good choice for outdoor activities. However, I find the new SP Series models somewhat disappointing: although both add 720P Movie Mode, neither the SP-800UZ (shown in the top two photos above) nor the SP-600UZ feature a viewfinder, and both have significantly simplified controls, with no apparent Manual Exposure options. Thus the new SP models seem to be aimed more at the casual photographer than the earlier SP models, such as the (still available) SP-590UZ - but the SP-800UZ also switches away from the AA battery standard I prefer for a "casual zoom" camera, and has a tiny hand grip. Image stabilization or not, a steady two-handed close-to-the-body grip makes for the best photos, and this is all but impossible without a viewfinder. Do these new models appeal to your photographic nature? And, if not, what features would you like to see added?


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