5 Most Awaited Cameras Of 2011

PC World News Desk 31 Dec 2010

We list five most-awaited digital cameras for the year 2011. With them come new technologies that promise to take photography to a new level. So let's check out what cool cameras are coming your way in 2011, from the mid-range to the higher-end models.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 12MP micro four-thirds camera. It will offer 3D still image (photography) support, 1080i and 720p video capture, RAW, JPG, 3-inch touchscreen LCD, and mostly touchscreen controls. It will not capture 3D video, but the Panasonic Lumix GF2 will work with the company's new 3D Micro Four-Thirds lens for 3D still image capture. Of course, to view your new 3D images properly you will need a 3DTV and active-shutter glasses.

When it is expected: It is expected to be available for purchase in January 2011.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

Announced in September, this 12.3 MP compact digital camera is meant for enthusiasts and professionals. It would offer exceptional quality photos, for those who don't prefer a bulky dSLR (digital Single-lens Reflex). It will incorporate the EXR processor for image processing, an APS-C CMOS sensor, a Fujinon lens with fixed focal length (23mm) and a Hybrid Viewfinder. It has a retro-design with leather-like finish on the magnesium alloy body. The top mode dial and controls are also made of solid metal to enhance the look and build quality. The solid body and vintage-style in a compact body is a real treat to the eye. The Fujifilm X100 offers a 2.8-inch LCD, flash hot shoe and 720p HD video recording.

When it is expected: It is expected to be available for purchase in India before March 2011, and cost US$ 1000 or less.

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3

As the successor of one of the first 3D video cameras, this 10 MP camera with HD3D support can take both, 3D and normal (2D) photographs. You can shoot 3D movies in 720p HD resolution (high-definition). Instant gratification is offered, in the form of a mini-HDMI port through which you can playback the same (video or photo) on a 2D/3D TV right away. There is a 3.5-inch LCD display on the Real 3D W3 camera, which acts as a viewfinder, and also lets you view your 3D content right there without needing goggles.

When it is expected: It is expected to become available in India early in 2011, at a price equivalent to US$ 500 or less.

Samsung NX11

The Samsung NX11 is their second mirror-less inter-changeable lens camera. It has a 14.6 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Samsung NX lens mount with 1.5x crop factor, native support for i-Function lens, built-in flash and hotshoe, and full manual controls. The display is a 3-inch AMOLED screen with live view, and it has an ultra-compact body with refined grip. Also, the NX11 offers RAW image format support and 720p HD video recording (using H.264 codec). There is Smart Auto mode and 15-point contrast-detect AF system. The lens has a button on its barrel, to let users change settings like exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.

When it is expected: The Samsung NX11 will arrive in India sometime after February 2011.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon may name the next product in this dSLR series, as either the EOS 6D or the EOS 5D Mark III. This product would succeed the current Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It may offer a 24 Megapixel sensor and dual DIGIC 4 processors. The 3-inch display may be an articulated LCD screen with 1.04 million dots. What is more, it may be touch sensitive, making it the first full-frame camera with such technology.

When it is expected: This model from Canon's stables is expected to be available before the first half of 2011 ends.

Best Cameras of 2010 that are still worth considering.

Sony NEX-5
Panasonic DMC TZ8
Canon PowerShot G12
Samsung WB600

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