CES Sharp Shooters: New Digital Camera Roundup

Touchscreen cameras, dual-screen point-and-shoots, even a pocket mega-zoom with a high-speed burst mode: Here are the newest cameras from Panasonic, Casio, Sony, and Samsung.

Samsung CL80

The 14-megapixel Samsung CL80 offers a gigantic 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen that controls nearly all of its functions.

These include a 7X-optical-zoom lens (31mm to 217mm), dual optical/digital image stabilization, and 720p HD video capture at 30 frames per second (with HDMI-out).

The icing on the cake, however, is the camera's wireless connectivity. The CL80 has Wi-Fi capabilities and direct-from-camera upload features for Facebook, Picasa, and YouTube, as well as Bluetooth 2.0 support for transferring files to mobile phones.

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Samsung TL210

The new Samsung DualView TL210 will have a front-facing 1.5-inch LCD to help with self-portraits, timer shots, and easily distracted infants.

The key difference between the new models and their 2009 predecessors is the back-facing LCD: Instead of sporting a touchscreen-and-gesture-based interface, the TL210 has physical buttons. The 12-megapixel TL210 has a 27mm wide-angle lens with 5X optical zoom, a 3-inch-diagonal back LCD, 720p HD video capture, dual optical/digital image stabilization, and face recognition, and it's due in March.

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Panasonic LUMIX FP1

The Lumix DMC-FP1 has a 12-megapixel sensor, a 4x optical zoom-lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, 720p HD video capture at 30 fps, and Intelligent Auto features. Pricing and availability are still in the works for the new FP models.

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Panasonic LUMIX FH20

Panasonic's new 14-megapixel Lumix DMC-FH20 offers an 8X-optical-zoom lens (28mm to 224mm), a 2.7-inch LCD, optical image stabilization, and Intelligent Auto mode.

The FH20 is the highest-end of the FH-series models, all of which will be available in 2010 and have slim frames (about an inch thick), wide-angle zoom lenses, and 720p high-definition video capture at 30 frames per second.

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Panasonic LUMIX F3

Panasonic's new entry-level model is the wide-angle Lumix DMC-F3, a 12-megapixel model with a 4X optical zoom (28mm to 112mm), 720p HD video capture at 30 fps, a 2.7-inch LCD, and digital image stabilization. While Panasonic has not announced pricing or availability for the F3, this camera will likely cost less than $200.

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Casio Exilim FH100

Casio's High Speed Exilim FH100 is a 10X-optical-zoom pocket megazoom camera with a high-speed burst mode that shoots up to 40 stills per second as well as a video mode that captures up to 1000 frames per second at a reduced, 224-by-64-pixel resolution.

The camera captures up to 120 fps at 640 by 480 resolution, and also has the ability to shoot 720p HD video at 30 fps. This is Casio's first pocketable high-zoom camera with rapid-fire settings.

The EX-FH100 also features a prerecording buffer that starts capturing shots upon a half-press of the shutter button. Among other appealing features are the ability to shoot RAW (.DNG format) images, CMOS-sensor-shifting image stabilization, and a relatively slim design for a pocket megazoom--despite its powerful zoom lens, the EX-FH100 is just a shade more than an inch thick. The lens reaches from 24mm wide-angle to 240mm telephoto.

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Casio Exilim Z2000

The Exilim EX-Z2000 offers a 5X-optical-zoom lens (26mm to 130mm), CCD-shifting image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen, 720p video capture at 30 fps, and a battery good for 580 shots per charge, according to Casio.

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Casio Exilim Z550

The Exilim EX-Z550 offers a 4X-optical-zoom lens (26mm to 104mm), a 2.7-inch LCD screen, CCD-shifting image stabilization, and 720p video capture at 24 fps.

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Casio Exilim H15

The Exilim EX-H15 is a pocket megazoom with the new Exilim Engine and Dynamic Photo features, offering an ultrawide-angle 10X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 240mm), CCD-shifting image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen, and 720p high-definition video capture at 30 fps. Casio claims that the camera offers up to 1000 shots per charge of its battery.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V

Sony's new 10-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is equipped with their new TransferJet wireless photo sharing features, GPS geotagging, and an internal compass.

This camera also has a10X-optical-zoom lens (25mm to 250mm) a 3-inch LCD screen, and Sony's low-light-optimized Exmor-R CMOS sensor, G Lens, and Bionz image processor, and it can shoot 1980-by-1080-resolution HD video in AVCHD format, captured at 17 megabits per second and 60 interlaced fields per second (60i). Slated for March and available in black, the DSC-HX5V is priced at about $350.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

The other new TransferJet-capable camera is the fashionable DSC-TX7, which measures less than an inch deep and offers touchscreen controls via its 3.5-inch LCD screen.

The 10-megapixel TX7 doesn't offer the optical zoom range, revamped optical stabilization, or geotagging features of the HX5V, but it does have many of the same in-camera features. Its 4X-optical-zoom lens reaches from 25mm to 100mm, and the camera provides the same AVCHD video capture, Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode, and HDR capabilities as its sibling does. It also offers optical image stabilization, but not the superpowered version found in the HX5V. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 will be available in blue, red, and silver this February for around $400.

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