Canon, Fuji and Olympus Announce New Digital Cameras

In advance of the Photo Marketing Association Show (PMA) in Las Vegas on January 31 – February 2, 2008, Canon, Fuji and Olympus have announced new digital cameras. The details, images and specifications presented below are from The Digital Camera Resource Page.

{ Thursday, January 24, 2008 }

Fuji FinePix S100FS

  • 8th-generation, 2/3″ SuperCCD HR sensor with 11.1 effective Megapixels
  • F2.8-5.3, 14.3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 400 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual zoom and focus rings
  • 2.5″ tilt-able LCD display (230k pixels) + electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls; ISO goes to 3200 at full resolution, 6400 at 6MP, and 10,000 at 3MP
  • Dynamic range can be expanded by up to 400%
  • RAW image format supported
  • Can take up to 3 RAW or 7 JPEGs in a row at 3 frames/second; dropping the resolution to 3MP lets you take 50 shots in a row at 7 fps
  • Three film simulation modes: soft, Velvia (vibrant), and Provia (general use)
  • Face Detection can find faces in profile; redeye can be removed automatically
  • Hot shoe for external flash
  • Can record movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound; zoom can be operated while recording (obviously)
  • 25MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses NP-140 lithium-ion battery; battery life numbers not available
  • USB 2.0 High Speed supported
  • Ships in February for $799

Fuji FinePix F100fd

  • 12.0 effective Megapixel SuperCCD HR sensor
  • F3.3-5.1, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 140 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • “Wide dynamic range” through use of 8th generation sensor and RP Processor III
  • ISO can go as high as 6400 and 12,800, albeit at 3MP or lower
  • Face Detection 3.0 not only finds faces in profile, it even finds upside-down faces (oh brother)
  • Takes three photos in a row at 1.7 fps at full resolution, or 12 shots at 5 fps at 3MP resolution
  • Super-fast playback mode can flip through images at 10 fps
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • Support for IrSimple infrared communication
  • 57MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses NP-50 lithium-ion battery; battery life not available
  • USB 2.0 High Speed supported
  • Comes in silver and black
  • Ships in March for $379

Fuji FinePix S8100fd

  • 10.0 effective Megapixel CCD (compared to 8MP on the S8000fd)
  • F2.8-4.5, 18X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 27 – 486 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 2.5″ LCD display (230k pixels) + electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls; ISO goes to 1600 at full res, 6400 at 5MP
  • Can shoot up 3 frames in a row at 1.1 fps at full resolution; lower resolution to 5MP and shoot at 6.8 fps; keep going down to 3MP and the frame rate jumps to 13.5 fps
  • Slightly less elaborate face detection than the F100fd
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound; only electronic IS is available here
  • 58MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries; battery life numbers not available
  • Shipping in March for $399

Fuji FinePix S1000fd

  • 10.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-5.0, 12X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 33 – 396 mm; Fuji claims that it’s the world’s smallest 12X camera
  • 2.7″ LCD display (230k pixels) + electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls; ISO goes to 1600 at full res, 3200 at 3MP
  • Can shoot at 1.4 fps at full resolution, 3.3 fps at 5MP, and 7.5 fps at 2MP
  • Basic face detection with auto redeye removal
  • Auto panorama stitching
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • 24MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries; battery life numbers not available
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Ships in April for $249

Fuji FinePix Z20fd

  • 10.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.7-4.2, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35 – 105 mm
  • Ultra-slim body comes in four colors: black, green, pink, and blue
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 150,000 pixels
  • Face detection with auto redeye reduction
  • New “dual blog mode” automatically resizes images and movies for blogs, e-mails, and video sharing sites
  • IrSimple infrared communication support
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) using MPEG-4 codec; dedicated movie recording button
  • 45MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses NP-45 lithium-ion battery; battery life numbers not available
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Ships in late March for $199

Fuji FinePix J10/J50

  • 8.2 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-5.6, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 – 113 mm
  • Compact body is just 0.9″ thick; comes in silver and black
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 153,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • 8MB onboard memory + xD/SD/SDHC card slot
  • Uses NP-45 lithium-ion battery; no battery life numbers available
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Ships in March for $149

FinePix J50

  • 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 37 – 185 mm
  • 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Slightly thicker body; only comes in silver
  • Priced at $179

{ Wednesday, January 23, 2008 }

Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital SLR

  • 12.2 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Supports all EF and EF-S lenses
  • Uses new 14-bit A/D converter, improved AF sensor (still 9-point), and DIGIC III image processor
  • 3-inch LCD display (230k pixels) with live view and contrast detect autofocus
  • Full manual controls; ISO range of 100 – 1600
  • Can shoot at 3.5 frames/second for up to 6 RAW or 45 JPEGs
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer corrects image brightness and contrast automatically
  • New spot metering (4%) option
  • Same dust reduction system as the XTi
  • Uses SD/SDHC memory cards (instead of CompactFlash)
  • Optional battery grip
  • Uses LP-E5 lithium-ion battery; 500 shots per charge
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Shipping in April for $799 body only, and $899 with the new 18-55 IS lens; comes in silver and black

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

  • 8.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-4.9, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 – 114 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Ultra-compact metal body comes in five colors: Bohemian Brown, Pink Melody, Rhythm and Blue, Golden Tone, and Swing Silver (I’m not making those up)
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Face detection feature can track a specific face as it moves around the frame; AF-Point Zoom feature lets you quickly zoom in on faces or focus point
  • Automatic redeye reduction is activated when a photo is taken (yay)
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound for up to an hour
  • Supports SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC+/HC MMC+ cards; 32MB card included
  • Optional underwater case
  • Uses NB-4L lithium-ion battery; 240 shots per charge
  • USB 2.0 High Speed supported
  • Ships in March for $250

Canon PowerShot A580/A590 IS

  • 8.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.6-5.5, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35 – 140 mm
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 115,000 pixels
  • Same face detection, redeye reduction features as above
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (20 fps) for up to 45 mins
  • Supports SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC+/HC MMC+ cards; 32MB card included
  • Uses two AA batteries; 500 shots per charge using NiMH batteries
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Ships in March for $149

PowerShot A590 IS

  • Optical image stabilization
  • Full manual controls
  • Support for conversion lenses
  • Battery life drops to 450 shots/charge
  • Priced at $179

Canon PowerShot A470

  • 7.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.0-5.8, 3.4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38 – 132 mm
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 115,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Same face detection, redeye removal, movie mode as A-series models above
  • SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC+/HC MMCplus slot; 32MB card included
  • Comes in four “accents” – blue, red, orange, and grey
  • Uses two AA batteries; 400 shots per charge using NiMH batteries
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Ships in March for $129

Olympus SP-570 Ultra Zoom

  • 10.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-4.5, 20X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26 – 520 mm (!!)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Manual zoom ring around the lens (probably electronic, but not positive)
  • 2.7″ LCD display with 230k pixels, plus an electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls, including a bulb mode for exposures up to 8 minutes
  • RAW format support
  • Can shoot at 1.2 frames/second at full resolution, 7.2 fps at 5MP, and 13.5 fps at 3MP
  • Hot shoe for external flash, plus built-in wireless flash support
  • Face detection AF/AE and in-camera redeye reduction
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • 45MB onboard memory + xD card slot
  • Uses four AA batteries
  • USB 2.0 High Speed supported
  • Ships in March for $499

Olympus Stylus 1010/1020

  • 10.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.5-5.3, 7X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 37 – 260 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Ultra-slim body comes in silver, black, blue, and purple
  • 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Face detection AF and in-camera redeye removal
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • 14.7MB onboard memory + xD Picture Card slot
  • Optional underwater case
  • USB 2.0 High Speed supported
  • Uses new, more powerful LI-50B battery; battery life numbers not available
  • Shipping in March for $299

Stylus 1020 

  • Uses new HyperCrystal II LCD, which promises better contrast and color reproduction (other stats are the same)
  • Comes in glossy blue, pink, black, and silver
  • Priced at $349

Olympus Stylus 840

  • 8.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.3-5.0, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 36 – 180 mm
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Ultra-compact body comes in silver, black, blue, and pink
  • Same LCD and features as the Stylus 1010 above
  • 14.8MB onboard memory + xD card slot
  • Does not support an underwater case; uses the older LI-42B battery
  • Priced at $249

Olympus Stylus 850SW/1030SW

  • 8.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.5-5.0, 3X optical zoom, equivalent to 38 – 114 mm
  • Everything-proof: waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to -10C; it’s dustproof, too!
  • Ultra-slim body comes in five colors: blue, bright yellow, HOT pink, black, and silver
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • VGA movie mode (30 fps) with sound
  • 14.8MB onboard memory + xD card slot; a microSD card adapter is included as well
  • Optional underwater case lets you take the camera even deeper
  • Uses new LI-50B li-ion battery; 190 shots per charge
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Shipping this month for $299

Stylus 1030SW

  • 10.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.5-5.1, 3.6X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 102 mm (nice)
  • Even more everything-proof: waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof from 6.6 feet, freezeproof to -10C, dustproof, and even crushproof to 220 lbs!
  • Built-in manometer (records water depth)
  • 2.7″ HyperCrystal II LCD display
  • LED illuminator acts as a flashlight for low light photography
  • Optional underwater case lets you go 130 feet deep
  • Uses same battery, but battery life number not available
  • Ships in March for $399

Olympus FE-310/320/340/350

  • 8.0 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F3.2-4.8, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 37 – 185 mm
  • 2.5″ LCD display with 154,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Face detection AF/AE
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (15 fps) with sound
  • 20.5MB onboard memory + xD card slot
  • Uses two AA batteries
  • Shipping this month for $149

FE-320

  • F3.1-5.9, 3X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 36 – 108 mm
  • 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
  • Ultra-thin design (0.65″ thick)
  • Smile Shot feature takes three photos when your selected subject is smiling
  • In-camera redeye, lighting, and blur “fix” tools
  • Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound
  • 48MB onboard memory + xD card slot
  • Uses LI-42B lithium-ion battery
  • USB 2.0 High Speed support
  • Priced at $179

FE-340

  • F3.5-5.6, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 36 – 180 mm
  • Slim metal body comes in five colors: silver, red, blue, black, and pink
  • Priced at $199

FE-350 Wide

  • F2.7-5.4, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 112 mm
  • 3.0″ LCD display with 234,000 pixels
  • No Smile Shot, blur fix, USB 2.0 HS, and 30 fps movie mode; back to 20.5MB of onboard memory, as well; yeah, I don’t get it either
  • Priced at $249

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