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My Favorite Photo Related Things at CES

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Photo Courtesy of Canon USA

Before you ask, No I didn’t get a chance to go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year. It would have been fun but it just wasn’t in the cards (get it? oh, I did). I have put together a list of the things that I saw through various blogs and company sites that relate to photography in some way that piqued my interest.

Photo Courtesy of Canon USA

Canon

As you can see from the posts on this blog, I am a Canon user. At CES this year they released a couple of camcorders that appeal to both amateurs users and professionals. 2 camcorders caught my eye the XA10 and the Vixia HF G10. Both camcorders feature a Genuine Canon 10x HD Zoom lens, Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor, a Canon 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 CMOS, dual SDXC card slots, an eight-blade iris, Dynamic and Powered IS, color viewfinders and (wait for it) a manual focus ring. In addition to all of that, the XA10 features 64gb of onboard storage (the HFG10 has 32gb) and a handle with dual XLR jacks for professional audio. MSRP for the HF G10 is $1499 and $1999 for the XA10 and will be available in March.

Polaroid

After getting over my hatred of Lady GaGa, I found a prototype of a new Polaroid GL30 instant camera. It will use the ZINK (Zero Ink Technology) printing process and that’s about all I know. There isn’t a ton of information about the other specifications or any definitive price for the camera yet. There are a couple of “hands-on” galleries floating around that are worth checking out. The press release can be found here and a photo appears on the home page in the Grey Label section to the right.

Olympus

Olympus introduced a couple of new digital cameras this week. All of them were pretty boring with the exception of the ZX-1. The ZX-1 is an advanced point and shoot and features full manual controls, a fast f1.8 28mm lens, a 1/1.63″ CCD, hot shoe and 3 inch 621,000 pixel OLED display. It also features a similar control ring around the lens like the Canon S95the closest competitor. MSRP should be around $499 when it becomes available later this year. The ZX-1 is now on my future point and shoot list instead of the S95.

Other than the 3 I mentioned above, most of the other companies failed to introduce any product that really caught my attention.

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Written by Matthew Jonas

January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

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