Posts Tagged ‘image stabilisation


Nikon releases its Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR

Note: due to connection problems, this has been posted a day late. We apologise for the inconvience.

Nikon has released its Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR, which is the first ultra-wide angle lens for full frame ever to have image stabilisation.

The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens includes a Silent Wave Motor and VR II technology, which Nikon claims provides up to four stops benefit against camera shake when hand-holding. The lens also includes Nano Crystal coating to combat flare, a magnesium alloy barrel and weather sealing.

The lens will come with a recommended selling price (RRP) of $1259.95/€1199.00/£1049.99.


Olympus unveils mju Tough 3000

Olympus has unveiled the new µ (mju) Tough 3000.

The Tough 3000 is shockproof to 1.5m, scratchproof, waterproof to 3m and able to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C. Behind its lens-cover, it has a 3.6x wideangle zoom (28-102mm) and a somewhat small 12 megapixel CCD sensor. It features sensor stabilisation, HD movie, HDMI connectivity and “Magic Filters” (known as Art Filters elsewhere). Notably, it has 1GB of internal memory and USB charging.


Panasonic releases slimline FP1, FP2 & FP3

Panasonic has revealed three slimline Lumix compacts: the FP1, the FP2 and the FP3.

The FP1 has 12MP, while the latter two feature 14MP sensors. All three models have a 4X non-extending image-stabilised zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent range) and the Venus Engine IV processor; the FP1 and FP2 have 2.7″ LCDs, whereas the FP3 features a 3″ touch-screen with Touch AF and metering area selection. The cameras all come in a range of colours – 8 for the FP1 and FP2, and 12 for the FP3.


Panasonic releases Lumix DMC-FS10, DMC-FS11, DMC-FS30 and DMC-FS33

Panasonic has unveiled its Lumix DMC-FS10, DMC-FS11, DMC-FS30 and DMC-FS33 digital cameras.

The FS10 and FS11 come equipped with a 28mm wideangle 5X zoom lenses, as well as Mega OIS, 2.7″ screens, Venus Engine IV processors and 720p MJPEG format HD video recording. The FS11 sports a 14MP sensor, while the FS10 makes do with 12MP. Choice of colours include silver, black, blue and pink; the FS11 will also come in red, the F10 also in orange.

The FS30 and FS33 both feature an 8X image-stabilised zoom lenses, starting at a 28mm-equivalent wideangle. They feature 14MP 1/2.33″-type sensors, and HD video recording in the MJPEG format at 720p. Their differences come with the screens: the FS33 has a 3″ touch-screen with an anti-reflective coating, allowing users to select the focusing and metering areas simply by tapping the desired point on the preview image. Meanwhile, the FS30 makes do with a conventional 2.7″ LCD. Both cameras will be available in a range of colors.


Canon announcements on February 9

From a mixture of sources (including Canon Rumors and Northlight), Canon should be holding announcements on February 9th (not January 9; it would coincide with the middle of CES, highly unlikely thus for a new model to be released. However, due to translation problems, Canon Rumors initially posted under January 9. It has been rectified, and they have received confirmation that the latter date is more accurate.)

– several PowerShot cameras, including high-end IXUS or ELPH models
– a Rebel DSLR (ie, xxxD or xxxxD; Camera Tech assumes an upgrade to the 1000D, be it a 1500D or 2000D, depending on model names)
– possibility of a second DSLR, including a 60D or 1Ds Mark IV; possibly both, but unlikely
– if the 1Ds Mark IV is launched, it is most likely to be launched with some lenses

The only lens that appears to be likely is a 60mm f/2.8 macro to feature an update, giving it IS. Patents were seen in December, 2009, which indicated the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II (recently released) as well. The patent diagram is below (image CR):

For more on the 60mm f/2.8 macro IS II, read the patent here.


Samsung updates 2View camera range with TL210 and TL205

Samsung has updated its 2View range of dual LCD compact cameras with the announcement of the TL210 and TL205 (or PL150 and PL100 in Europe).

Both cameras have a 12MP sensor. The TL210 features a 5X image stabilised zoom starting at a wide 27mm equivalent, while the TL205 has an unstabilised (3X) 35-105mm equivalent  lens. The TL210 also offers 720p HD video and a 3.0″ rear LCD, and the TL205 offers VGA recording and a 2.7″ screen. Both cameras are designed to lean backwards slightly when placed on a flat surface which, when combined with the dual LCD design, assists in the taking of self-portraits.


Kodak unveils Slice touchscreen camera

Kodak has announced the ‘Slice’ touchscreen camera.

It features a 14MP sensor, 5x optically stabilized zoom lens, a 3.5″ LCD screen, and will be available in black, nickel and ‘radish’ colors for USD $349.95 from April 2010. It also has internal memory to store up to 5000 HD-resolution images. The camera combines its share and face recognition functions to tag pictures directly for easier access and upload to social-network sharing websites.

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