Daytrippers looking for an able bodied, pocket-sized digicam that packs a combination of high levels of resolving power, a broad focal range, HD video capability and impressively fast burst rates in a stylish, yet serious-looking package should take a close look at the Nikon CoolPix S8100.
Shooters looking for a thin-profile digicam that features high resolution, the option of shooting stills or HD video and a large, easy-to-use touch-screen display should take a gander at one of Nikon's newest CoolPix offerings, the Nikon CoolPix S80.
The new Nikon CoolPix P7000 fills a slot that's been glaringly open for quite some time—namely, a high performance, point-and-shoot camera designed with the sort of features advanced amateurs and pros seek in a compact camera.
One of the more interesting VDSLR-related sidebar stories has been the "rediscovery" of manual-focus lenses among VDSLR shooters. Most manufacturers long ago pulled the plug on manual focus lens R&D in order to concentrate their energies into improving AF technologies. And then video came along and lo and behold, all of these AF speed queens turned out to be less than ideal, not to mention too noisy, for shooting anything other than stills.
Canon shooters—APS-C format and full-frame DSLRs alike—seeking a fast (f/2.8), well-corrected (two FLD and three SLD elements), short-to-midrange tele zoom might want to have a look-see at the pro-quality attributes of the new Sigma 70–200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM zoom lens.
One of the drawbacks of 3D photography, going back to the turn of the last century, has been the inability to view 3D pictures without having to resort to extraneous viewing devices. Not so with Fuji's FinePix REAL 3D W3, which allows you to play back and view stills and video in full 3D—straight off the LCD—without having to wear goofy-looking glasses.
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