Sony has announced new Cyber-shot® DSC-T500 model enhancing it with high-definition movie recording capability. Users get to shot up to 10-megapixel stills and full-screen 720p movie recording at 30 frames per second (3x higher resolution than standard-definition movies). The model also uses AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and stereo audio – known for its high compression rate producing high-quality video as well as small file sizes that are easy to download, upload and share. T500 is extensible with a Memory Stick® media card (media sold separately), which now has capacities up to 16 GB. Detailed specs are as following; wide (16:9), 3.5-inch touch panel LCD screen, Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens with a wide field of view (33 – 165 mm, 35 mm equivalency), Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and high sensitivity settings up to ISO3200. Sony DSC-T500 will ship in elegant black with a brushed metal finish in late September for about $400. Pre-orders begin on Aug. 29 at www.sonystyle.com.
Nikon today announced world’s first D-SLR camera with movie function, the Nikon D90. The camera has a 12MP sensor that’s capable of shooting 1280x720p video at 24fps with a 16:9 aspect ratio for up to five minutes, producing around a 600MB file. The D90 features a new lens, too. The camera is said to come equipped with a 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G DX VR. There is no word on pricing or availability at this time. [Gizmodo]
After weeks of speculative rumors across the net, Canon has finally launched the much anticipated EOS 50D, an upgraded version of EOS 40D. On the surface it looks almost similar to its predecessor. However, there are quite a few significant improvements; It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800. The EOS 50D delivers unparalleled speed and resolution at a price point that is unique in today’s market. The digital SLR camera is scheduled for October delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,399 USD. [DPReview]
Canon has released their latest model to the point-and-shoot camera lineup. A2000 IS is launched as a sequel to 720 IS. It features 10-megapixel capture, a 6x optical zoom with image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD screen, and an overall slimmer housing. It will allow even complete newbie to shot stunning photos. It is available in silver and gray, and retails for $250. A cheaper version comes with A1000 IS and E1 model with slightly smaller 4x zoom and 2.5″ LCD, and is available in purple, blue, silver, and brown color choices for S1 or pink, baby blue, and white for E1. The models will be available to public late September. [Canon VIA PCMag]
The ultra-slick Stylus 1040 so thin it is barely over a half an inch thick and weighs in less than 4 ounces, concealing abundant features like intelligent scene and smile recognition, in-camera editing and panorama picture creation, and face detection for up to 16 people in a shot. In addition to its internal memory, photos can be stored on xD-Picture or – thanks to an xD adapter – on microSD cards. Anywhere you take it, the Stylus 1040 not only looks good — it captures amazing results. The camera is due to arrive this October, for $199. [Olympus]
Olympus has recently come up with an update to their SP-560 UZ by introducing the SP-565 UZ. The 10MP SP-565 has a reduced movie frame rate and ships with a MicroSD adaptor, and 2.5″ LCD, but otherwise looks very similar. The affordable Olympus SP-565 UZ features a 20x wide zoom lens that allows you to zoom in ultra-close to any subject, or back out for an ultra-wide shot – all with a single lens. It also comes with Dual Image Stabilisation to avoid blurs, high-speed 13.5fps sequence shooting, and Advanced Face Detection of up to 16 persons. The Olympus SP-565 UZ with a 20x wide optical zoom will be available in late September 2008 for an RRP of £349.99. [DPreview]