The fall is saved!

In March, a devastating earthquake hit Japan, followed by a tsunami and nuclear disaster. Thousands died. Many companies were brought to their knees. You may remember Toyota saying there would be a scarcity of some of its vehicles for some time.

What you may not have heard are statements from Japanese camera companies saying the same thing: The manufacturing of their fall camera products would be significantly delayed. The big U.S. photo show, PMA, which had been moved to the fall from the spring at the request of those same manufacturers, faced disaster – no products and/or exhibitors in advance of the all-important Christmas buying season. The show’s organizers took the unprecedented step of hooking up with the huge consumer electronics show, CES, in January 2012.

But what do we see? Scads of new cameras and related products hitting retail shelves this fall. Mind you, as you read through the descriptions below, you’ll note – at least to this point – a lack of pro/advanced amateur camera announcements. They’re coming . . . soon.

So what’s new for the fall? In no particular order:

Three new PowerShot digital cameras have been announced by Canon: the PowerShot SX150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 510 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 310HS. More details are here.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon says its 10.1- megapixel Coolpix P7100 digital camera is the new Coolpix flagship camera, featuring an enhanced AF system, new 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD screen with tilt function, full manual features, and special effects.

Nikon also has four new digital cameras in the Coolpix S series: the S8200 and S6200, S100 and S1200pj.

Nikon has unveiled its first all-weather camera, the Coolpix AW100 – waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof – with Full High Definition (HD) movie recording as well as new GPS technologies.

The new Handycam NEX-VG20 camcorder from Sony offers several enhancements over the VG10, maintaining the interchangeable lens capability.

Sony a77

Two new Sony’s alpha DSLR cameras, the SLT-A77 (a77) and SLT-A65 (a65) are scheduled for October availability. Both cameras feature refinements to Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology.

The NEX-7 and NEX-5N are the latest interchangeable lens cameras from Sony. The NEX-7’s sensor delivers 24.3 effective megapixels, with the 5N having 16.1 effective megapixels.

Panasonic GF3x

Another Micro Four Thirds camera from Panasonic, which the company says is its smallest and lightest compact system camera, the Lumix DMC-GF3X, will be available in a kit option with a newly designed and innovative “X” lens that retracts, minimizing its size.

Also new from Panasonic is the Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera, with 24x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens, full-High Definition 1080i video-recording, 3D still capabilities and new creative controls.

The Lumix DMC-FZ150, with 24x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom (25-600 mm equivalent), is capable ofshooting stills and video.

Panasonic also has announced the Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175 mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH./Power O.I.S. lens, the company’s first digital interchangeable lens with electric-powered zoom operation.

The Sony E-mount lens line has expanded with the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24 mm f/1.8 ZA, E 50 mm f/1.8 OSS and E 55-210 mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS.


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