What Happens In Vegas… Part 2!


Of course the big news from Canon was their entry into the mirrorless camera race with the G1X (check out Hot Gear for details). However Canon also revealed a few more surprises, including the new Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer and two new cameras in the Powershot ELPH range. So what was so great about these products that Canon thought they deserved a showing at CES? The new PRO-1 is the first A3 printer to utilise five monochrome inks in a 12-ink system allowing you to achieve true to life prints. Expect to see every detail, nuance and colour with accuracy and precision. Another inclusion was the iPF6300, a 24-inch Large Format printer ideal for professional photographers and designers. Home Office users weren’t forgotten either with three Colour imageCLASS printers, the MF8380Cdw, as well as the imageCLASS MF5950dw and MF4570dw multi-function printers that allow end-users to print from virtually anywhere in their home or small office.

As for the new Powershot ELPH models (the ELPH 520HS and 110HS), expect to see Canon’s DIG!C 5 image processor, high sensitivity CMOS sensors and an ISO range up to 3200. The 520HS also boasts the world’s thinnest 12x optical zoom, while the 110HS shoots full 1080p HD video.


While the rest of the camera companies were launching loads of new devices, Sony only chose one camera to makes its debut at CES, the compact W610. A 14.1-megapixel, 4x optical zoom, travel camera that delivers 360° Sweep Panorama Mode, a reasonably sized 2.7” LCD, plus all the usual features such as iAuto, Smile Shutter and Face Detection. No firsts here – but still a good looking and easy to use point and shoot…


While many of the other manufacturers were doing a song and dance about their high end DSLRs or mirrorless camera range, Olympus broke open the event with a series of user friendly point and shoot cameras that offered slim lines, value for money and simplicity or use. All of them feature Olympus Magic Art filters and auto scene modes that make taking great looking photos a breeze. Our pick was the SZ12, a super slim 24x pocket zoom that would make the perfect travel camera for your family’s snapper.


The recently united Pentax/Ricoh brand did not debut any new product at CES, but this new double barrelled brand was ready to show they were a force to be reckoned with in the photographic arena delivering the largest display in the PMA zone. Products on show included brand heroes, the Pentax Q compact system camera and the Ricoh GXR A12 which also offered a wonderful Leica lens. Expect big things from this company in the coming months!

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