Dou­ble ex­po­sure

The shut­ters have come off some of the best new cam­eras,

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son


Canon, about $ 600; canon. com. au Due: This month

There are zoom lenses and then there is the beast fit­ted to this com­pact cam­era. Canon’s Pow­erShot SX50 HS has the world’s largest op­ti­cal zoom for a com­pact snap­per at 50x or the film equiv­a­lent of a 1200mm lens. To boost this even fur­ther to spy- like lengths, a Zoom­Plus dig­i­tal zoom mode can ex­tend its reach to 2400mm, putting truly dis­tant ob­jects in the frame. Canon has added in­tel­li­gent sta­bil­i­sa­tion to keep this lens steady at full ex­ten­sion, as well as its new DIG! C 5 im­age pro­ces­sor, plus seek and lock fram­ing modes that help frame the sub­ject and keep im­ages blur- free. The 12.1- megapixel cam­era also fea­tures a tilt­ing, 2.8- inch screen.


Sony, $ 2999; sony. com. au Due: Novem­ber

It’s never been done be­fore: Sony has crammed a full- frame im­age sen­sor into a com­pact cam­era. The re­sult, the Cy­ber- shot RX1 has the po­ten­tial to de­liver the pro­fes­sion­alqual­ity im­ages of a dig­i­tal SLR from a body that weighs 482g. To put it in per­spec­tive, the 24.3- megapixel im­age sen­sor inside this cam­era is more than twice as large as the APS- C sen­sors in big­ger cam­eras. This cam­era also boasts a fixed f2.0 lens, five- frames- a- sec­ond shoot­ing speed, plenty of man­ual modes and tac­tile con­trols for aper­ture and ex­po­sure set­tings. How­ever, it doesn’t of­fer op­ti­cal zoom, built- in flash or viewfinder.


Olympus, $ 799; olympus. com. au Due: This month

Olympus is build­ing its Pen range, adding a new Lite model to the mix. This com­pact sys­tem cam­era, the Lite E- PL5, fea­tures a slim­mer and lighter body ( it’s less than 4cm thick) yet it bor­rows some high- end tech­nol­ogy from its big brother, the Olympus OM- D. This cam­era fea­tures the 16- megapixel sen­sor and im­age pro­ces­sor of the pricier cam­era, which should de­liver im­pres­sive photo qual­ity. The minia­ture model also packs in a 3- inch touch- sen­si­tive screen that can be flipped 170 de­grees to take self- por­traits, full high- def­i­ni­tion video cap­ture, eight frames- per- sec­ond shoot­ing and 12 art fil­ters to al­ter pho­tos with­out the aid of a com­puter.


Pana­sonic, $ TBA pana­ Due: Jan­uary

Pana­sonic’s top- of- therange com­pact sys­tem cam­era is on its way and it ap­pears to have the Olympus OM- D in its sights. The Lumix GH3 will fea­ture a newly de­signed 16- megapixel sen­sor and a re­designed sealed body to keep out dust and wa­ter. The new mir­ror­less cam­era also adds an OLED viewfinder and 3- inch screen, six frames- a- sec­ond shoot­ing speed and space to af­fix a bat­tery grip, mi­cro­phone and flash. One thing this cam­era adds that its ri­vals do not of­fer is wi- fi con­nec­tiv­ity. The GH3 will con­nect to Ap­ple or Google smart­phones and use them as re­mote con­trols.


Nikon, $ 2599 ( body); Due: now

Nikon has of­fered full- frame dig­i­tal SLR cam­eras be­fore but never at this price. The Ja­panese cam­era gi­ant de­scribes its lat­est full- frame of­fer­ing as an ‘‘ en­try- level’’ DSLR, given that price, but it of­fers a 24.3- megapixel res­o­lu­tion, light sen­si­tiv­ity from 100 to 6400 ISO and full high- def­i­ni­tion video record­ing at 24 frames per sec­ond, mak­ing it any­thing but a be­gin­ner. The D600 also packs in a 39- point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, a shoot­ing speed of 5.5 frames per sec­ond and a 3.2- inch screen to re­view your work. A wire­less adap­tor is avail­able sep­a­rately that can be used to trans­fer pho­tos to a nearby smart­phone.

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