Latest Camera Reviews – Casio Exilim EX-G1, Ricoh GXR (A12), Olympus PEN E-P2, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S

Written By Sam on 23 December 2009

Are you planning to purchase a digital camera and still unclear of the latest ones available in the market? Here is the list of digital cameras to hit the market very soon from which you can choose one. All these Digital Cameras are equipped with latest technologies in the market.

Casio Exilim-G1, Slimmest Shock-resist Camera

Casio Exilim-G1, Slimmest Shock-resist Camera

Casio revealed its slimmest shock-resist camera, the first of its kind in the world called Exilim EX-G1. Exilim EX-G1, the slimmest camera ever measures around 20mm (0.78″) on its sides and is the first weatherproof camera from Casio, created to suit for top athletes and people who involve in adventurers. Ex-G1 is dust proof, waterproof up to 3 meters for an hour, cold proof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 2.13 meters.

Designed with shock-resistant elements Ex-G1, the toughest phone from Casio, features high-resolution 12.1MP, non-extending 3X zoom lens ranging from 38-114mm, wide 2.5 inch LCD comes along with many impressive qualities like Intelligent AF, Best Shot shooting mode and Interval shooting. Intelligent AF function automatically detects the photo subject even if it is not a human face and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly whereas the Interval shooting function will facilitate you to automatically take still photos enabling you to capture great shots while engaged in active sports or shoot movies at fixed intervals. Ex-G1 is waterproof and corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing, which can be used continuously for 60 minutes at 10 feet depth.

Currently available in bright black and red colors, Casio EX-G1 is to hit the market by end of December 2009 and is expected cost around $299.99.

Features of the Slim, tough Compact Casio Exilim EX-G1

  • Shock Resistance
  • World’s thinnest profile with .78 inch (excluding protruding parts) in a shock-resistant digital camera, which can withstand water jets corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IPX6” waterproofing. IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IPX6” provides protection to the camera even in adverse conditions and makes the camera waterproof and dust proof.
  • Freeze proof, Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design
  • EX-G1 can withstand ever the coldest of temperatures; the EX-G1 endures through temperatures as low as 14 °F.
  • Acrylic plated LCD display, to safeguard the camera from water pressure and shocks.
  • Interval shooting,
  • The BEST SHOT function enables users to take beautiful photos just by selecting the desired subject scene.
  • High resolution 12.1MP.
  • 2.5-inch monitor with 230,400 dots of high resolution and a non-extending 3X zoom lens ranging from 38-114mm (35 mm film camera equivalent).
  • Intelligent AF, Advanced Dynamic Photo function, and Wide Screen Movies.

Ricoh GXR Interchangeable Unit Camera

Ricoh GXR Interchangeable Unit Camera

Ricoh has unleashed its “GXR”, the first digital system camera that enables you to interchange the slide mount ‘lens units’. In simply words, you can now switch from a large (APS-C) 12 MP CMOS to a tiny 10 MP CCD (with a 24-70mm lens) at your convenience. GXR from Ricoh, smallest and lightest digital camera with ability to change lenses comes with a highly rigid magnesium alloy body incorporating image sensor, and an image processing engine into a single optimized unit. Very portable and with elegant design, GXR has several customizable buttons along with a new DIRECT button, which makes sophisticated shooting settings simpler.

GXR camera unit comprises of 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor with approximately 12.30 mega pixels resolution in combination with GR ENGINE III, a image processing engine, to provide a high- definition – quality photography with less noise and smooth tonal gradations. The high-resolution LCD picture display provides a wide viewing angle and high contrast along with a capability to shoot from a wide distance ranging from infinity down to the 1/2x maximum magnification. GXR camera has a Tilt indicator utilizing an acceleration sensor and provides you with automatic exposure modes include program shift mode, shutter priority mode, and aperture priority mode for a better photography.

Features of Ricoh GRX Camera

  • World’s smallest and lightest digital camera with interchangeable lenses in an elegant design.
  • Camera unit uses a 10.00 mega pixel 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • The directional pad, the three My Settings, the ADJ.lever, and the function buttons
  • ISO3200 facilitates shooting in low light conditions.
  • High-definition 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA LCD picture display
  • 100% sRGB coverage for color reproduction, the picture display vividly reproduces image colors
  • GR LENS A12 50 mm and F2.5 MACRO camera unit which uses a 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor with approximately 12.30 mega pixels.
  • Internal flash, interchangeable lens digital cameras with lens attached.
  • Camera shake correction function (image-sensor-shift type) is used to reduce hand- motion blur.

Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds System camera

Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds System camera

After the release of its popular Micro Four-Thirds E-P1, Olympus announced its E-P2 with VF-2 electronic viewfinder and either 17mm pancake or Zoom lens ranging from 14- 42mm. The new generation of PEN( E-P2) from Olympus incorporated with 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with a dust reduction system and high-performance in-camera image stabilization which provides protection against shake to 4 EV. EP-2 facilitates you to record AVI format movies in 30fps, 1280×720 pixels High Definition resolution with a impressive sound quality.

Olympus E-P2 is tiltable upto 90° and features dedicated accessory port attachments extending its flexibility. With features such as Diorama, Cross Process, level gauge, i-Auto mode, and e-Portrait options, E-P2 comes with wide choice of aspect ratios and multiple exposures. E-P2 has AF tracking feature which enables you to take the precise pictures of actions. You can view the slide shows and HD movies in a television by connecting the camera via HDMI. Olympus E-P2 will hit the market in January 2010 and is expected to cost around $1099.99.

Features of Olympus E-P2

  • Accessory port for accessories like viewfinder and microphones.
  • Two additional Art Filters (Diorama and Cross Process).
  • Colour-boosting i-Enhance function.
  • AF tracking.
  • Remote slide show control (via HDMI).
  • HD movies in M-mode.
  • Chic styling and SLR quality.
  • 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 7.6cm/3.0” HyperCrystal LCD and the 1,440,000 dot electronic viewfinder.
  • Capable of recording AVI format movies in 30fps 1280x720p HD.
  • PCM sound quality.

Canon Updates pro line with EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon Updates pro line with EOS-1D Mark IV

Most anticipated camera EOS-1D Mark IV has been released by Canon. Featuring new 45-point auto focus system, 10 fps continuous shooting, a new 1.3x crop (APS-H) 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and 1080p HD video capture, EOS-1D Mark IV is certainly a successor to the popular Mark-III of Canon.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV incorporates high sensitivity ( ISO 102,400), cross-type accurate focusing, capability to shoot continuously at 10fps along with multiple metering modes, and dedicated sensors. A completely new feature 45-point AF system managed by a dedicated microprocessor available in Mark IV provides you consistent AF on static or moving subjects thus enabling you to take better pictures even in motion.

Mark IV features a custom-designed, high resolution 16.1MP APS-H CMOS sensor , APS-H sensor along with Dual “DIGIC 4” processor that provides you detailed, crisp images even in low-contrast, extremely bright conditions at high speeds. The EOS-1D Mark IV also includes updated Picture Styles and the first ever integration of ALO (Auto Lighting Optimizer) in a professional EOS body.

Few features of EOS-1D Mark IV at a glance

  • APS-H sensor with a combination of high pixel-count with an effective field of view measuring 1.3x the focal length of the lens.
  • 3.0″ TFT LCD.
  • 63 zone metering linked to all AF points.
  • 39 f/2.8 sensitive cross-type points located across the frame.
  • 16.1MP APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual “DIGIC 4” processors.
  • Image colours through 14-bit analogue to digital (A/D) conversion.
  • EOS-1D Mark IV to deliver a continuous burst of up to 121 large JPEGS, or 28 RAW images using a UDMA 6 card.
  • The EOS-1D Mark IV also includes updated Picture Styles and the first ever integration of ALO (Auto Lighting Optimizer) in a professional EOS body
  • Standard ISO on the EOS-1D Mark IV ranges from 100-12,800, while extended ISO ranges from a low of 50 to 102,400.

Nikon D3S Professional DSLR Camera

Nikon D3S Professional DSLR Camera

The D3S, a Professional DSLR camera has been announced by Nikon. Incorporating 720p HD video recording, sensitivity range up to ISO 102,400, 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor and buffer size of 48 RAW frames, D3S is an upgrade to the popular Nikon D3. Extending photography to extreme low light conditions, D3S enables the users to take impressive pictures even in motion and is certainly an ultimate camera for professional photographers.

D3S features a 12.1 effective mega pixel image sensor along with a large pixel pitch, very unique and modified inner structure with capabilities that enables movie capture impressive in extremely low ambient light conditions. Movies can be captured at 720p / 24fps in motion JPEG with stereo sound using the input jack and the file format provides a unique ‘save selected’ option through which you can shoot video freely and transmit them as well. The large FX- format sensor with wide aperture NIKKOR lenses of D3S helps you to utilize D-movie function for high productivity. D3S provides the user with three alternative crop modes: 5:4 (30×24); 1.2x (30×20); and DX (24×16) respectively, which makes it feasible to crop the pictures as desired. It also offer five options for Active D-Lighting along with HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels) Motion-JPEG movies at 24 fps. The factory-installed buffer memory is twice the capacity of the D3 which makes users more enthusiastic to posses one.

Feature of Nikon D3S at a sneak peak

  • Newly added image area of 1.2x crop (30 x 20) format with approx. 8.4 mega pixels
  • Multiple exposure operation that can be repeated by designating the function to the bracketing button
  • Electronic virtual horizon that is available in Live View shooting
  • Extended menu banks that stores up to four combinations of exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture value
  • Versatile in-camera Retouch Menus, including RAW processing to enhance your images without using a computer
  • Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output. Type C connector (mini size) is employed
  • With the optional GPS Unit GP-1, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude, and time, which are automatically, recorded to each image’s EXIF data. The Time Adjustment feature, which adjusts your camera’s time zone, is also available using the GP-1.
  • Exclusive Nikon Software — Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software packages (supplied) for a range of basic photo browsing and editing operations; Capture NX 2, Camera Control Pro 2, and Image Authentication Software (all optional) enable more advanced operation and image editing.

If you are a photographer and are looking to buy out a Camera this Christmas then do let us know the best model out there in the market.

3 Responses to “Latest Camera Reviews – Casio Exilim EX-G1, Ricoh GXR (A12), Olympus PEN E-P2, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S”

  1. ravi says:

    Casio Exilim-G1, Slimmest Shock-resist Camera. I thinks its more stylish than others. Thanks for info, you are doing good job.

  2. rakesh says:

    such a beautiful gallery of Cameras, I thinks Nikon D3S Professional DSLR Camera is best for professional photographer. thanks for info

  3. nitin says:

    i really like EOS-1D Mark IV

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