The giant new televisions and super-thin smartphones tend to dominate the headlines at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. But some of the world’s biggest camera makers were there too showcasing some of the most exciting products to come onto the market for quite some time. Here’s our pick of the new models set to go on sale during 2013.
Canon Powershot N
Its body may be square but this little gizmo is anything but. What it is, however, is aimed squarely at amateur photographers who want to take professional-looking snaps without having to know the ins and outs of photographic technique. Just big enough to house its 8x zoom lens, the Powershot N is a tiny powerhouse of a camera. The only shooting controls are two rings around the lens – one to fire the shutter and the other to zoom.
Fujifilm X100S and X20
When the two predecessors of these machines were released, the X10 and X100, they garnered high praise for their cool retro styling but came in for a bit of criticism for their slow autofocus speeds. The pair always looked beautiful on the outside and took stunning photographs. Now, they not only look good, but they’re fast too. Fujifilm looks set to have a couple of winners on its hands.
With a new sensor, new hybrid auto focus and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Samsung NX300 is the South Korean tech giant’s new flagship compact system camera. It takes over from predecessor NX210 as Samsung’s most high-end compact. Available in either black or white, Samsung has also gone for a more retro look, resulting in a design which will give Fujifilm a run for its money.
Sigma DP3 Merrill
While Sigma’s gadgets probably won’t win many style awards, they do have a lot of substance. The new Sigma DP3 is a boxy shooter with a 50mm f/2.8 lens. It comes with the same 46-megapixel (15.3-megapixel equivalent) Foveon X3 APS-C Sensor as on Sigma’s other DP Merrill products as well as its DSLR, the SD1. It boasts an ISO 100 to 6400 and offers nine focal points.
Panasonic is updating its popular TZ series, best known for their all-round power, with the new TZ40 which makes it easy to share your pictures now it is equipped with both Wi-Fi and NFC. It also boasts an 18.1-megapixel sensor along with a 20x zoom. The firm also announced two new “ready to shoot cameras for everyone” at CES, which are aimed more at the mid market. Both the the Lumix DMC-SZ9 and Lumix DMC SZ3 have been given key updates with improved sensors and processors along with Wi-Fi and GPS to share your photos and show where they were taken.
Rumours had been doing the rounds for some time that Nikon would choose CES to unveil new compact system cameras. The Nikon S6500 comes with a 16-megapixel back illuminated sensor and built-in Wi-Fi technology whereas the S6500 is aimed at those who want to do a bit of airbrushing. There are five new Glamour Retouch effects, including one to brighten skin tones and another to make teeth appear whiter.