The Norwegian supplier of Samsung digital cameras, among other things, has some great news to share besides the various new compact camera models; a new digital Samsung DSLR. The new Samsung GX-20 has not officially been launched yet, but according to the information of Aronsen, importer and supplier of Samsung and other brands, the Samsung GX20 is expected to occupy the shop-shelves in March. The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2008 has only just ended but we are already preparing for the PMA show coming up also in Las Vegas. The official Samsung GX-20 Digital SLR introduction is likely to take place just before the start of this show. For now we have to settle for some scarce data.
Canon introduces its latest digital SLR for advanced amateurs and semi-professionals: the Canon EOS 40D. With a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 6.5 frames per second burst performance, a newly developed AF system and 3.0” LCD with Live View mode, the Canon EOS 40D makes significant advances in both performance and versatility. The Canon 40D camera benefits from the new EOS technology platform introduced earlier this year with the professional EOS‑1D Mark III. Canon’s DIGIC III processor delivers responsive operation, improved color rendering and near-instant start-up time. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust, while a strong magnesium alloy body with weather resistance ensures lasting durability.
At the PMA 2007 trade Show which was held between March 8th and 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Sony exhibited two prototypes of digital SLR camera bodies and interchangeable lenses currently under development. These products are planned to be launched in addition to the existing portfolio of the ‘α100’ camera body and the 21 interchangeable lenses including Carl Zeiss lenses and more than 45 pieces of accessories. “We need to further solidify our position in the digital SLR market. To do that, we must cater to varying degrees of customer requirements, and we are working on the second wave of products in order to expand the world of ‘α’,” said Toru Katsumoto, head of Sony’s AMC division.
I was just passing by the Sony booth and was looking at the collection of Sony Alpha lenses and cameras…. Wait a minute, did I say cameras? YES, Sony showcased two new Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras without giving away specifications or date of introduction. However I managed to get some information and of course I am free to speculate of course. Megapixels? I don't know and the Sony people made sure no one is mentioning anything about this to anyone. Ok, let me start with the first new Sony Alpha digital SLR camera; this new model is aimed at the high amateur looking for a higher level of performance than the A100 for advanced users. What does this mean? Beats me, but it sure looks promising!
The new model boasts a 0.2 megapixel CCD image sensor that combines with Nikon’s exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II and auto white balance to produce quality shots that capture the vivid detail and true colour of the subject matter. The D40x is equipped with the compact, lightweight 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens to provide superb picture sharpness and optimum contrast. The new D40x is also compatible with the 55-200mm VR Zoom-Nikkor telephoto and is ideal for extending the focal range as the user develops their photography skills. The new lens is fitted with an ED glass element, making it easier to achieve images with higher resolution and high contrast.
Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the plans to significantly expand the Olympus E-System, its industry-leading lineup of interchangeable-lens digital SLRs compliant with the Four Thirds System standard. Two new cameras are being announced today - the E-410, an ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight go-anywhere camera, and the E-510, a versatile, high-performance camera with advanced functions including new Mechanical Image sensor shift image stabilization A third, the eagerly anticipated successor to the revolutionary E-1 designed for professional use and destined to take over as flagship of the Olympus lineup, will make its debut this year.
It’s about forethought, professional specifications and the seamless integration of cutting-edge technology: The Olympus E-510 delivers nothing short of impeccable performance. This successor to the E-500 gives photographers a better way to frame compositions since it boasts Live Preview capability on its 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD. Olympus proves itself once again as a technology leader with this camera’s built-in image stabiliser. As it is incorporated directly into the body, there’s no need for the costly inclusion of a stabiliser in each lens. Experience dramatically improved shooting results with a new image processing engine that offers excellent noise performance - thus bringing picture quality to a whole new level.
Extraordinary compactness, leading-edge technology and brilliant performance distinguish the new Olympus E-410 from the rest. This successor to the E-400 is one of the world’s most compact D-SLRs with Live Preview. Photographers benefit from exceptional mobility and are not limited to only looking through the viewfinder when framing compositions, but can also frame their subject directly on the large 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD. Thanks to compatibility with the Four Thirds Standard, a supreme selection of lenses and accessories is at the disposal of users to extend the potential areas of application. Meanwhile, a professional-grade Live MOS sensor ensures 10 Megapixels of high-definition image recording under all conditions.