This Fall's Most Promising Camera Announcements
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(Updated 9/8/2010) As the leaves change, so do your camera prospects. This is one of the busiest times of the year for camera announcements, and several big-name companies have announced fresh photography hardware for late 2010.
If none of these new cameras floats your boat, there are still plenty of peripheral advantages to these product-line additions and overhauls. New announcements normally mean significant price cuts to cameras announced earlier in the year, so keep an eye out for falling prices on the cameras announced at CES 2010 and PMA 2010.
The new camera announcements aren't done, either. We'll update this page with subsequent announcements as they happen, so bookmark this page and check back regularly to see the late-2010 lineup in full.
The Late-2010 Highlights So Far
Nikon D3100 ($700, September): Nikon sweetens the deal for entry-level DSLR buyers with the 14-megapixel D3100, which adds continuous autofocus to its 1080p video-recording capabilities, a wide array of shooting modes, and in-camera guides for novice shooters.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 ($500, August): Panasonic's highly anticipated follow-up to the Lumix LX3 offers a quick F2.0 lens, a redesigned sensor built for low-light shooting, RAW-mode shooting, very fast autofocus, and full manual controls.
Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 ($2000, late 2010): Built around the same Exmor APS HD sensor and interchangeable E-mount lenses as the excellent Sony Alpha NEX-5, the 1080i-shooting Handycam NEX-VG10 has a video-focused body with DSLR-like brains.
Nikon Coolpix P7000 ($500, September): Nikon's flagship Coolpix camera is primed to go toe-to-toe with Canon's PowerShot G11. It offers quick access to its full range of manual controls via three top-mounted control dials and a hot shoe to support a flash or a microphone.
Canon PowerShot S95 ($400, August): Canon's highest-end pocket camera adds 720p video recording, a new stabilization system for macro shots, and fun scene modes to the PowerShot S90's already awesome bag of tricks.
Panasonic HDC-SDT750 ($1400, October): The HDC-SDT750 camcorder comes with a detachable 3D conversion lens that lets you capture three-dimensional footage. Without the 3D lens attached, it still has great specs for an HD camcorder.
Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR ($330, August): The third wave of Fujifilm's EXR-sensor cameras includes this 15X optical-zoom, low-light-optimized, feature-packed beast. Its $330 price tag looks like a great deal.
Samsung DualView ST600 ($330, September): The new spec champ of Samsung's DualView line, the ST600 offers a big front-facing LCD for self-portraits, a huge gesture-controlled touchscreen LCD on the back, and an ultra-wide-angle 5X optical zoom lens.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 ($300, September): The first single-lens everyday point-and-shoot camera that takes 3D photos adds even more fun features to the Cyber-shot WX1's already-awesome bag of tricks: Superior Auto, 3D Sweep Panorama, and Sweep Multi Angle modes.
Nikon Coolpix S1100pj ($350, September): Finally, a point-and-shoot camera with business sense. Nikon's second-generation projector-equipped camera has a brightness rating of 14 lumens, as well as the ability to project content from a laptop or computer via its USB-in port.
Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 ($500, September): Fujifilm's second-generation 3D digital camera boasts two lenses, two sensors, 3D video recording in 720p high definition, manual controls for each of its lenses, and a unique screen that lets you view three-dimensional effects without having to wear glasses.
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS ($350, September): Canon's first 1080p-shooting pocket camera boasts a 10x-optical-zoom lens, a CMOS sensor optimized for low light, and a high-speed burst mode that tops out at 240fps.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 ($400, August): With manual controls, aperture- and shutter-priority modes, quick focusing, and a bright F2.2 lens, this looks like the first touchscreen point-and-shoot that doesn't sacrifice advanced features.
Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR ($230, August): Also on the touchscreen side of the equation, the fashionable Z800EXR packs a versatile EXR sensor and great features for the social-media set for a very reasonable $230.
Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 ($200, October): Sony's radically redesigned high-definition pocket camcorder offers a sturdy all-metal body, 1080p video recording, 12-megapixel still-image capture, and a 3-inch touchscreen that provides access to social-minded software.