PC World got a list of hot digital cameras that were just showcased at the 2009 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show and will be coming in 2009 from Canon, Casio, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and other major camera makers. 

Two of the Fujifilm Finepix models are at the top of the list, the prototype Real 3D and the high-ISO capable Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR. It has maximum ISO of 12800, unhead of in a point and shoot digital camera.

Samsung is coming out a hybrid four-third SLR series called NX that supports interchangable lenses but has no mirror boxes (EVF only). Another similar offering is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, the successor to the older Lumix DMC-G1. One great strength of the new Panasonic micro four-third model is its enhanced video shooting capability. It can shoot 1080P video at 24fps and 720P at 60fps, with continuous auto-focus, manual control of shutter speed and aperture, stereo audio recording, and external microphone support,  most of which are not possible in other video-shooting DSLRs such as Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D90. One claimed advantage of the micro four-third system is the compact size without the mirror box, and the new Olympus prototype model shows that.

For anyone who wants more zoom, there is a parade of high power zooms:  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 (20x, 28mm to 560mm),  Pentax X70 (24x, 26mm-624mm), Nikon Coolpix P90 (24x, 24mm-624mm), Olympus SP-590UZ (26x, 26mm-676mm). All of them are a little bulky because of the high power optics. If you prefer something smaller, there are compacts that have ~10x zooms: Olympus Stylus 9000 (10x, 28mm-280mm), Canon PowerShot SX200IS (12x, 28mm-336mm), Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 and DMC-ZS1 (12x, 25mm-300mm), and Kodak EasyShare Z915 (10x, 35mm-350mm).

If you don’t care about zoom that much but prefer low cost and small size, there are of course many offerings in that categories as well: Casio Exilim EX-Z29, Canon PowerShot SD1200IS, and Samsung TL320.

For people who lives an active lifestyle, there are waterproof and shockproof Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1, shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof, and shakeproof Olympus Stylus 6000 and Olympus Stylus 8000.

Well, lots of goodies but so much uncertainty (or certainty of becoming worse?) in the economy. If fear keeps you from spending money for what you want, you are not alone.

Posted in: Photography Gadgets on March 9th, 2009. Trackback URI
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