September 5th, 2013

Nikon’s New Coolpix P7800 Adds Electronic Viewfinder

NIKON P7800_front34r_on_wNikon has updated its advanced compact camera line-up with the Coolpix P7800. The camera is essentially the same as its P7700 predecessor, with its 12 megapixel sensor and 7.1x optical zoom, but the new model features a high resolution, 921k dot electronic viewfinder. Earlier, the P7000 and the P7100 had been equipped with optical viewfinders but Nikon decided to drop the viewfinder in order to streamline the P7700’s body.

Fortunately, the addition of the EVF adds almost imperceptible increases in the P7800’s dimensions and weight: while the P7700 measured 4.7 x 2.9 x 2 inches and about 13.9 ounces, the P7800 measures 4.7 x 3.1 x 2 inches and approximately 14.1 ounces.

The  other two updates are compatibility with Nikon’s WU-1a wireless mobile adapter and a jump in price of about $50. The latter seems like a reasonable price to pay for the addition of an EVF. The P7700 is still available, if you don’t want/or need the EVF. The P7800 is slated to ship this month. We anticipate seeing this and other Nikon cameras at the company’s booth at PhotoPlus Expo, in New York City October 24-26.

 

Price: $550

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August 22nd, 2013

Canon’s New PowerShot G16–Now With WiFi

CANON 20130822_loRes_g16_3qflashCanon announced a handful of PowerShot compact cameras today, including the new G16. The update to the advanced compact PowerShot G15 now features wi-fi–the first G-series model to offer wireless connectivity, in addition to the manual controls of its predecessor. Like other Canon wi-fi-enabled cameras, the G16 provides sharing options for iOS and Android devices with its free Canon Camera Window app. Uploads are made via the Canon Image Gateway to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr; email sharing is also available.

The camera is built around a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor resulting in improved performance, including continuous shooting up to 9.3 frames per second. Canon also promises faster AF and shorter lag times. The G16 is equipped with a fast, 28-140mm, f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, a built-in stereo microphone, built-in flash and HDMI out to view images and video (the G16 can capture up to 1080p/60p full HD) on HDTVs.

While it’s a little too late for this month’s Perseid meteor showers, the G16 offers new shooting modes including Star Nightscape, Start Trails and Start Time Lapse Movie for those interested in night and astral photography. For those who are more HDR-minded, you can choose from several options in the HDR scene mode depending on your esthetics. These include: Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid.

At $550, the G16 is $100 more than its predecessor, so you’ll pay extra for the wi-fi and improved performance. The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to ship in October.

–Theano Nikitas