After being rumored a few days ago, the Nikon COOLPIX P950 is now officially announced. It’s another super-zoom compact camera from Nikon, and it’s kind of a crossover between the P900 and its younger brother P1000. It has the zoom range of the P900, which is smaller than the one of P1000. But on the other hand, it lets you shoot 4K video which P900 doesn’t. So let’s dive in and see what Nikon brings in its latest prosumer camera.
Despite the compact market largely dying to smartphones, there are a few exceptions out there that still manage to survive. You’ve got the high-end compacts like the new Canon G7X III and Sony RX100 VII, but then you’ve also got some lower end special purpose compacts that haven’t quite died off yet.
One such entry-level compact is Nikon’s range of waterproof point & shoot cameras. Now, Nikon has announced availability for the new Coolpix W150. It’s a waterproof and shockproof compact camera with a 13.2-megapixel sensor, 3x zoom, 2.7″ LCD that shoots 1080p video.
If you’re going to get serious about shooting all the time the best camera you can buy yourself is a quality compact. High End DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras can be intimidating to shoot with for the everyday, not to mention an unnecessarily heavy load to carry. A compact is a camera you can take everywhere, that will distinguish you from other ‘phonetographers’ in both improved control and image quality.
There are two premium compacts that I was stuck between; the Fuji X100F and Ricoh’s GRiii to take on my Trans-Siberian train trip.
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Canon has announced another new member of its family compact camera family. The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is an upgrade to the four years old G5 X. While the two models are similar in design and some specs, there are certain upgrades that could make you go for the new version: 4K video, a larger focal length range, up to 20-fps continuous shooting, or a pop-up EVF, to name just a few.
Canon has just announced the new PowerShot G7 X Mark III, the successor to the very popular Canon G7X Mark II. The rumors from earlier this month suggested that the upgraded model will let you shoot 4K, and they were correct! However, there are other interesting additions vloggers and Instagram users will love – the new G7 X Mark III lets you shoot vertical videos and enables live YouTube streaming.
Two years ago, Olympus announced the Tough TG-5 rugged compact camera. And it was a pretty good camera for what it was. An underwater compact, with a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor capable of shooting 4K video and 1080p at up to 120 frames per second. It was so good, that Olympus has essentially released the same camera all over again.
Today, Olympus has announced the Tough TG-6. Basically, it’s a TG-5 with a 1.04 million-pixel HD resolution LCD on the back, instead of the old 460K pixel LCD. TO be fair, they have also released a new fisheye adapter for it, though. Although, that’s an optional extra purchase.
Aimed at children and absolute beginners, the Coolpix W150 is a new waterproof and shockproof compact camera from Nikon. It comes in a variety of patterns and colours designed to appeal more to children and get them excited about photography. It’s also built tough to withstand the kind of abuse children can often dish out on electronic devices.
It’s waterproof to a depth of 10 metres (33ft) and shockproof to handle falls up to about 1.8 metres (5.9ft). It’s also dustproof and cold-resistant down to -10°C (14°F) for use on the beach, in snow, on rainy days or even in the sandpit at the local park.
In late February, Ricoh announced its high-end compact camera Ricoh GR III. However, after the first batches have been shipped, it turned out that some series have issues with the control dial pad button. It’s extremely wobbly in some cameras, so the company is offering free repairs to those who have bought faulty cameras.
Another week, another new Leica. This time, they’ve announced the new Leica D-Lux 7. Offering “unmatched versatility”, it’s what they’re describing as the “Swiss Army knife of Leica compact cameras”. It contains a 17MP sensor, a 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens and unlike other recent Leica offerings, this one once again bears the red dot.