Canon PowerShot G12The Canon PowerShot G12 is the 2010 version of Canon’s premium compact camera, aimed at the DSLR owner looking for a backup model or the enthusiast who wants DSLR functionality without the added size and weight. The new Canon G12 inherits most of the core features of its predecessor, the G11 – 10-megapixel CCD sensor, 2.8 inch vari-angle LCD screen, 5x, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens, RAW image capture, optical viewfinder, 4.2fps burst mode, flash hotshoe, 1cm macro mode, ISO 80-3200 and full range of manual shooting modes. Brand new additions to the G12 include 720p HD video recording, a front control dial, hybrid image stabilisation system, multi-aspect shooting, High Dynamic Range mode, an electronic level, SDXC card compatibility and an optional Lens Filter Adapter. The Canon Powershot G12 is available in black priced at approx 30k – 35k Indian Rupee / £539 / €649 / $499.99.
Pentax Optio H90The Pentax Optio H90 is a new budget compact camera with style, sporting a retro look developed under Pentax’s new ‘functional beauty’ concept. In addition to its unusual looks, the entry-level Pentax H90 offers a 12.1 megapixel image sensor, 5x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 28-140mm), a 2.7 inch LCD, Face Detection system that recognises up to 32 faces plus Smile Capture and Blink Detection, compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards, and even 720p HD movie recording. Available in three different two-tone colour schemes, the Pentax Optio H90 costs at approx. 10,000 Indian Rupees / £129.99 / $179.95.
Fujifilm FinePix F80EXRThe Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR is a pocket camera offering lots of advanced functionality at a competitive price. Replacing last year’s F70EXR model, the F80 EXR has a new 12 megapixel, 1/2-inch Super CCD EXR sensor with three selectable EXR modes which essentially turns it into three kinds of camera in one. One mode captures the highest resolution possible, another the lowest noise, and the third the best dynamic range, with the F80EXR also able to automatically choose the most suitable for the current scene. In addition to this innovative sensor technology, the Fujifilm F80 features a 10x zoom lens (27-270mm equivalent) with a CCD-shift dual image stabilisation system, larger 3 inch LCD screen, HD movie capture at 720p, Face Detection and Recognition technologies, Super Intelligent Flash mode for flash-assisted macro shots, Pro Focus Mode and Pro Low-light modes which take advantage of the F80EXR’s multi-frame technology, and sensitivity settings of up to ISO 12800. The F80EXR also offers creative exposure modes in the form of aperture-priority and full manual, as well as a range of auto modes for the less experienced – there’s even a new Pet detection mode. The Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR retails prices are approx. 10,000 Indian Rupees / £229.99 / $299.95.
Samsung PL150The Samsung PL150 (also known as the TL210) is a new 12 megapixel point and shoot camera with a twist – it has a second 1.5 inch LCD screen on the front which makes it much easier to take self-portrait pictures and videos. As part of this DualView system the PL150 also offers a large 3 inch rear LCD screen, plus there’s a 5x, 27-135mm lens, 720p high-definition video recording, and a clever Smart Auto mode which automatically chooses from 16 different scene settings. The Samsung PL150 / TL210 is available in black with red or blue highlights, priced between 10,810 to 11,990Indian Rupees / £179.99 / $229.99.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the much-anticipated successor to the LX3, a compact digital camera that proved especially popular with experienced photographers due to its fast lens, full range of manual shooting modes and RAW file support. The new LX5 aims to build on the success of its predecessor with a new 3.8x, 24-90mm zoom lens, large 1/1.63-inch 10 megapixel CCD sensor and HD movie recording with Creative Movie Mode for adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture. Other key improvements to the LX5 include a re-designed user interface, Power OIS anti-shake system, Intelligent Resolution technology and an optional electronic viewfinder. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is available now in black or white for approx. 32,868 Indian Rupees / £449.99 / $499.95.
Samsung WB2000The Samsung WB2000 (also known as the Samsung TL350) is a new 10 megapixel compact camera aimed at serious photographers. The pocketable WB2000 features a 1/2.4-inch high-speed Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor that provides 1,000fps shooting for videos and 10fps for still photos. In addition the Samsung WB2000 offers a 5x, 24-120mm ultra wide-angle lens, 3 inch AMOLED screen, manual control over exposure, ISO 80-3200, Dual Image Stabilization technology, Smart Range (High Dynamic Range), and even a RAW shooting mode. The Samsung TL350 is available in black for approx. 20,700 Indian Rupees / /-$349.99 / £319.99.
Fujifilm FinePix HS10The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is a new super-zoom digital compact camera with a long list of headline-grabbing features. Looking and handling like a DSLR, the bridge-style Fujifilm HS10 is one of only 2 digital cameras in the world to boast a 30x zoom lens. On the HS10, the lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-720mm and also features mechanical image stabilisation and twist-barrel manual zoom and focusing controls. Other highlights of the camera include a 10 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor for automatic switching, full 1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound, Super High Speed movie capture at 1000 fps, high-speed continuous shooting at 10fps, full manual controls and support for the RAW file format. The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 is available at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approx. 20000 to 23000 / £439.99 / $499.95 in the India, UK / US, respectively.
Olympus E-PL1The brand new E-PL1 is the third Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, following on from the E-P1 and E-P2 models which were launched in 2009. The Olympus E-PL1 is a more affordable mass-market camera, with a plastic rather than metal chassis, smaller and lighter body, and a redesigned user interface that’s simpler to use. The easy-to-understand, non-technical Live Guide provides direct on-screen control over key image effects like depth-of-field and sharpness, while the addition of a built-in flash makes the E-PL1 more versatile in low-light. Other key features of the E-PL1 include 12.3 megapixels, 2.7 inch LCD screen, sensor-shift image stabilisation, one-touch HD video recording, Supersonic Wave Filter for automated sensor cleaning, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, 6 different Art Filters and 3fps continuous shooting for up to 10 raw images. The Olympus E-PL1 is available now in silver, black, blue, champagne gold and red at a retail price of 24000 – 28000 Indian Rupees / $549 body only, £549 / $599 for a single lens kit and £699 for a twin zoom kit.
The Pentax K-r is a new mid-range DSLR camera aimed at digital SLR novices and family users. The K-r combines the compact body and simplified layout of the cheaper K-x model with some of the advanced features of the prosumer K-7, most notably the auto-focus system and the LCD screen. The 12.4 megapixel Pentax Kr also has a few unique features of its own, including the fastest continuous shooting rate of any Pentax DSLR at 6fps, the widest ISO range (100-25600), infrared data transfer and support for AA and lithium-ion batteries. Other highlights of the K-r include an 11-point AF system with the active focus point shown in the viewfinder, 720p HD movies, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor, built-in shake reduction and anti-dust mechanism, dynamic-range expansion, in-camera High Dynamic Range, digital filters and a full range of automatic and manual shooting modes. The Pentax K-r is available in black, red or white and costs around 40,000 Indian Rupees / £599.99 / $599.95 with the 18-55mm DAL kit lens, and £699.99 / $849.95 with the 18-55mm DAL and 50-200mm DAL double kit lenses.
The Canon EOS 7D is an 18 megapixel digital SLR camera incorporating a new APS-C CMOS sensor designed and manufactured by Canon. Featuring a revised photodiode and microlens construction, the 7D’s sensor offers a versatile ISO range of 100-12,800. Other new additions include dual DIGIC 4 processors offering continuous shooting at 8fps, improved 19-point cross-type auto-focus system including Zone and Spot AF, Focus Colour Luminance metering system which measures from 63 zones, and an Intelligent Viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 1.0x magnification. The Canon 7D’s 3 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot resolution is used for the camera’s Live View and Movie modes, with Full HD 1080 video supported. The Canon EOS 7D is equipped with an integrated Speedlite Transmitter, making it easy to control external Speedlite flashguns with no additional accessories required. The magnesium alloy body offers weather sealing, an Integrated Cleaning System and 150,000 release shutter durability. The Canon EOS 7D is available now for Rs.1,04,995 Indian Rupees /