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PMA@CES 2013 News

By Fred Singer

January 10, 2013

On Wednesday, we reported on more new digital cameras and a handful of camcorders in what is turning out to be an underwhelming CES.

Pardon our yawns, but after the brief excitement of yesterday's announcements (led by the most-advanced-basic DSLR ever, the, Nikon D5200 and the street-smart Sony X-100s and X20), this year's PMA@CES has settled down quickly. All products mentioned below will be available soon at Adorama. But today, we report on more incremental developments and only one real surprise. Here it is:

 

Polaroid Launches World's First Android-Powered MILC

That surprise was that Polaroid (or more specifically, Sakar International, which is using the Polaroid name under a licensing agreement) announced three mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras that look remarkably like the Nikon 1 series and have a similarly small sensor. But the real surprise is that the flagship model, the Polaroid iM1836, runs on the Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system. Who saw that coming? More...

10 New Full HD Camcorders From Sony

Usually, CES is chock full of camcorders and for Sony this year was no exception. The electronics giant unveiled 10 new Handycam camcorders, ranging in price from under $300 to around $1,600 but all sharing what Sony calls "best in class" technology. All models are capable of recording full HD videos, and many with built-in Wi-Fi or built-in projectors. Sony announced a collaboration with WeVideo, offering three free months of cloud video storage on WeVideo, with 10GB of storage and access to400 royalty-free audio tracks. More...

Canon Announces New Camcorders

Canon was the only other company with a bunch of new camcorders; it was odd that only two companies had significant camcorder announcements this year. Canon announced new Vixia camcorders at CES this week: the Canon Vixia HF R42, Canon Vixia HF R40 and R400 and Canon Vixia HF-G20. More...

 

Samsung's Latest Smart Cameras Stress Wi-Fi, Quick Image Sharing

Samsung has recently been quite forward thinking about their digital cameras, anticipating trends. This is especially true with Wi-Fi, which they introduced a year before everyone else. Samsung has overhauled its entire still digital camera lineup, introducing a new generation of cameras that borrow heavily from smartphone-type image sharing technology. From the flagship NX300, an interchangeable-lens model that is also the world's first one-lens 3D system, on down to budget compacts, all new models have integrated Wi-Fi and easy access to sharing images and videos on social networks. More...

First Look: Sigma DP-3 Merrill

Sigma introduced the third in its line of specialized APS-sensor, prime lens compact cameras. The Sigma DP3 Merrill has a 50mm f/2.8 lens, equivalent to a 75mm lens on a 35mm camera. The new camera is designed for optimal performance for both portrait photography and macro work. I gave this intriguing camera an in-depth First Look on the day of its introduction. More...

 

Thursday: Look for our wrap-up show coverage, featuring gadgets, gizmos and goodies for photographers!

 

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