New Cameras Planned for the New Year Ahead

CES 2013 has officially come to a close. Last week, in Las Vegas, many new cameras were available for testing and tinkering with. Not all of the features in these cameras are final and many of the models were just one foot out of production. We’ll be doing a more in-depth feature on each of these models as they become available. For now, here’s a quick overview of some of the cameras we saw at CES 2013.

Canon PowerShot N: This is Canon’s latest compact camera. Aimed at the Instagram generation, this fully-automated point-and-shoot is tiny, light, and has a flip-up touch screen. The camera’s controls and zoom features are easily accessible whether the camera is right-side-up or up-side-down. The Canon PowerShot N comes with on-board WiFi making it easy to upload the images it captures onto social networking sites. With a 28-224mm equivalent 8x optical zoom lens and 12MP 1/2.3″-type sensor — not to mention the Digic 5 Image processor, this little camera performs far better than even the most sophisticated smartphone camera. The controls are all located on the ring with the camera modes accessible on the touch-screen in the back.

Fujifilm X100S: At Photokina, Fujifilm unveiled their retro-modeled X100. The X100S looks exactly like it on the outside but inside is a beast of an entirely different species. Under the hood is a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS sensor, the all-new EXR Processor II, and an LCD screen. The menu system has been completely revamped to make it easier and quicker to find the camera setting you’re looking for. More changes are planned so we’ll be updating you as the new features and tweaks come out.

Pentax MX-1: Pentax is looking to capture more of the photography enthusiast market and this camera, complete with a 28-112mm F1.8-2.5 lens and a 12-megapixel sensor, this camera is easy to learn how to use. Though it lacks much of the customization options seen on premium pocket cameras, the MX-1 is still a good camera for those who are just getting into photography beyond the point-and-shoot stage.

Polaroid Android Camera: Though this camera has a lot of work left to be completed on it, the thought of Polaroid getting back into the market and bringing its many years of expertise to bear on digital photography is something everyone is looking forward to seeing. The use of the Android OS means that this camera will be infinitely customizable and easy to maintain the software on. And that is all of the news we have thus far on this camera.

There were several other cameras showcased at CES 2013 beyond these listed here. However, the list above provides a fairly good overview of the kinds of cameras we expect to see hit the market in the next year and the direction that the photography industry is taking over the years to come.

— da Bird