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January 12, 2009

CES 2009: Superzoom and Wi-Fi, the New Digital Camera Trends

With no rest for the weary technology consumer, last week the industry's event CES 2009 took place in Las Vegas with thousands of companies debuting their latest consumer electronics innovations that promise to hit the market this year. So what's up with digital cameras?
kodakZ980_olympus590UZ.jpgWith most point-and-shoots are offering 10- to 14-megapixels, the megapixel wars are over and cameras are being differentiated by new features like superzoom and wi-fi. The most super of the zooms comes from Olympus in the SP-590UZ ($450 available in March) with an incredible 26x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-676mm. Kodak's launching the Z980($400 available in spring) with a 24x optical zoom at a focal length of 26-624mm. The key to success here? An excellent image stabilization feature.
sony_DSCG3.jpgOn the wi-fi front Sony has the most interesting offering with the DSC-G3($500 available now). The camera is the first to feature a built-in web browser and can upload stills and video. So whether you're in a hotspot or at home on your wireless network, not only can you load photos to sites like Shutterfly and YouTube, you can use your camera to display any photos or videos already on the sites.

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Posted by Susan Moriarty at January 12, 2009 1:09 PM
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