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January 2011

Casio EX-H20G Digital Camera Review

by Johan on January 31, 2011

Here is a brief review of the Casio EX-H20G travel-zoom camera. The camera features a 10x wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length of 24-240mm and CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism. The 14-megapixel Casio EX-H20G is the first Casio compact digicam to feature GPS technology, complete with motion-sensor driven positioning, which makes it possible to track the camera’s position even when there is no satellite signal. What makes this camera more special is that it is also pre-loaded with world atlas data and information on 10,000 landmarks around the globe. Here is the conclusion:

As with most big zoom compacts claiming to be all in one solutions, the pluses surrounding the Casio EX-H20G – extended creative options due to that broader focal range – outweigh the negative of slightly wider physical dimensions. And it’s worth recalling that just a couple of years back you would have to buy an enthusiast-targeted bridge model to get anything like the lens reach offered here. Advantages over the EX-H15 here most notably include the GPS functionality (and HDMI output), though many may feel they can do without that for day-to-day use and plump for the slightly cheaper camera instead.

Available in black or silver/black, the Casio EX-H20G is priced at $349.99. [PhotographyBLOG]

Here’s another great deal from Sigma, they recently lowered the price of their 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens down to $1,399 (normal price $1,699), meaning you you could save up to $300. Definitely a good deal! [dpreview]

The Sanyo VPC-PD2BK Full HD pocket camcorder is currently on sale at Amazon for just $124.99 (normal price $199.99), meaning you could save up to $75. This compact video camera is able to capture both 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 30fps as well as up to 10-megapixel digital still images. What’s more, it also features a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.0-inch TFT LCD display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, built-in two stereo microphones, a USB 2.0 port and a mini-HDMI port. Grab yours now! [Product Page]

Sphere Techs has rolled out a new watch camera that records a true 1280 x 720P HD resolution video quality with a 30fps frame rate. This wearable gadget comes equipped with a built-in 4GB of storage space, allowing you to record up to 75 minutes of video. Powered by advanced Micron internal chipset, file transfers and video downloads are easier than ever. The recorded videos can be played back on all the popular video playing software formats including Windows Media Player, Quick Time, Real Player, VLC, WinDVD and PowerDVD. The Sphere Techs Watch Camera retails for $89.99 each. [Amazon]

Panasonic Lumix GF2 Shipped

by Johan on January 28, 2011

The Panasonic Lumix GF2 is now available for purchase. The new 12-megapixel Panasonic GF2 is 19% smaller in size and 7% less in weight than than its predecessor (Panasonic Lumix GF1). The new Lumix DMC-GF2 features a touch control 460,000-dot LCD screen with a new Graphic User Interface (GUI) and full HD movies at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format. The Panasonic Lumix GF2 with a 14mm “pancake” lens kit is priced at $699.95. [PhotographyBLOG]

Here we have more pictures of the upcoming Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V compact superzoom camera that we found over at LetsGoDigital. As a reminder, this travel-friendly camera will sport a 16.2-megapixel 1/2.3 Exmor R CMOS image sensor, a 16x optical zoom lens, built-in GPS and 1080p Full HD video recording (60fps) capabilities. See one more picture after the jump. Read more

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