B&H Photo InDepth: CES 2013 Photography Wrap-up

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CES 2013 Photography announcements roundup including advanced new features from the popular manufacturers: Nikon, Fujifilm, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic and Samsung.

CES 2013 Photography announcements roundup including the popular manufacturers Nikon, Fujifilm, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic and Samsung.

B&H Photo InDepth is pleased to share the CES 2013 Photography Wrap-up with a slew of new photography product announcements. Canon introduced the Powershot N; the Nikon D5200, Fujifilm announces the X100S & X20; Pentax launches the stylish MX-1, and much more!

Manufacturers added (surprise, surprise) Wi-Fi features to many models. Panasonic, Olympus, Nikon and Sony introduced mid-level point and shoots with Wi-Fi capability. More interestingly, however, Fujifilm updated their X-series cameras with a new sensor and hybrid autofocus, as did Samsung with their NX300. Nikon brought out the D5200 DSLR for “advanced beginners” and Canon introduced a new line of cameras, the PowerShot N series.

The Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera is a compact DSLR which features an upgraded 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor and extended ISO range up to 25600. It also has an improved autofocus system, now providing a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors. The image processor is the EXPEED 3 and provides low noise, rich color images and fast performance, including up to 5 frames per second of continuous shooting in full resolution. Full HD 1080p with Full-Time Servo AF is supported by the D5200 and with the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter, with instant Wi-Fi connectivity. As a smaller DSLR with minimal buttons and dials, the updated interface on the 3.0” 921K-dot LCD screen is easy to navigate. A pentamirror optical viewfinder is provided for image composition, and both full manual exposure and auto exposure with numerous assistive features are available.

Retaining its retro good looks, the Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera is an update of the X100 with an enhanced 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor that improves the signal-to-noise ratio for improved image quality and allows for phase-detection autofocus, which greatly improves its autofocus speed. Although the specs (35mm equivalent, f/2.0) on the lens are the same as the X100, its design has been upgraded, as has the EXR II image processor. Additionally, the already unique hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder has been improved, as it is now clearer and brighter with 2,360k-dot resolution. The Fujifilm X20 Digital Camera is an update on the X10 and includes the 12.1MP X-Trans CMOS Sensor II with Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus and improved signal-to-noise ratio and EXR Processor II. It retains the 28-112mm f/2-2.8 lens.

Pentax announced their version of a high-performing retro-looking point-and-shoot: the Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera. It’s a handsome looking camera with top-plate dials, a brass body-cover construction and impressive features. A large 12MP 1/1.7” BSI CMOS sensor offers detailed imaging and a 28-112mm lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.5 means you have a bright lens that can shoot fast and handle low light situations throughout its zoom range. An ISO range from 100-12800 and body-based image stabilization will also help keep things clear in low light. Full HD 1080p video at 30fps is supported and an articulating 3.0” 920k-dot LCD provides composition and playback. HDMI output is also available for playing your work on HDTVs.

Samsung introduced the NX300 Mirrorless Digital Camera as an upgrade to the NX210. It features fast phase detection and contrast-detect hybrid autofocus, dual channel Wi-Fi connectivity, Full HD 1080p and 3D photo and video capability when used with the 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens. The NX300 also incorporates a handsome retro rangefinder form factor.

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