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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CES 2011 summary

Consumer Electronics Show is an annual event held every january in Las Vegas, known for its new product announcements.

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This year, the international exhibition was not filled with incredible new photo products, but I thought it was worth mentioning anyway (although there had been rumors that a Canon 5D mk III could have been introduced, it did not happen).

Let's start with the only interesting dSLR innovation: Canon has announced three new Wireless File Transmitters (WFT-E2 II A for EOS-1D Mark III and IV - $749.99, WFT-E4 II A for EOS-5D Mark II - $699.99, WFT-E5A for EOS-7D - $699.99). All of them let you:
  • Connect to external hard drives
  • Access photos on the camera through FTP and Web (WiFi connection)
  • Connect up to 10 camera with feature "Camera Linking" to synchronize the cameras and take a shot from different perspectives (allowing effects like a camera turning around a frozen subject)
  • Geolocalize your shots with a third party GPS hardware via USB cable or Bluetooth
The wireless transmitters can already be purchased on official Canon website.

Another Canon news, low budget compacts are launched: A3300 IS ($179.99), A2200 ($139.99), A1200 ($109.99) and A800 ($89.99). All but A800 provide HD video capture (720p). A2200 and A1200 share a 28-112mm 35mm equivalent zoom, while A3300 IS has a 28-140mm 35mm equivalent and A800 26-112mm 35mm equivalent. Sensors are all CCD and can capture respectively 16MP, 14.1MP, 12.1MP and 10.1MP. More info on

Olympus has announced two cameras XZ-1 and PEN E-PL2.
XZ-1 is a pro compact in direct competition with Nikon Coolpix S7000 and Canon S95. It has a 28-112mm (35mm equivalent) f1.8-2.5 lens!
PEN E-PL2 is more expensive but has an interesting feature: it can swap lenses. It has the same 12MP sensor as Olympus E-30 and E-620 dSLRs, and you will find it for $599.99 with kit lens (14mm-24mm f3.5-5.6).
More info on

Finally, Sony follow the fashion trends with a 3D capable compact, Cyber-shot DSC-WX9. With a 16.2MP sensor, this compact is able to produce 3D images with a single lens, using several photos and some strong math. Read more on

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