CES 2013: Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

CES 2013 was a turning point for camera manufacturers. Today, we look at the latest news and upcoming point-and-shoot models.
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Digital imaging manufacturers came together last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, for one of the largest tradeshows in the world: the 2013 CES. As always, there were plenty of news stories from the floor and many announcements from just about every company who is in the camera business. We previously posted on some 2013 digital camera trends, and here are some specific models in the point-and-shoot category that we saw at the show.

Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony all showed off new point-and-shoot models, and they made up the majority of the new cameras that we saw. Here are some of the most interesting:

The Canon N

Canon's PowerShot N has a distinctive square design, and seems like an interesting model despite the fairly pricey $300 price tag and odd form factor. Especially a great fit for lefties, since controls are well-positioned and can be accessed just as easily from the left as the right.

From Fujifilm, a couple of models caught our eyes: specifically, the X100S and the X20. These sibling models, updates to the X100 and X10, both offer fairly old-school looks and retro casings. Word is the updated "X-Trans CMOS II sensor" dramatically improves noise, by up to 30 percent, and autofocus is said to be much improved. Of course, these high-end models come at a pretty high cost, as the X100S and X20 will be available at the end of March for $1300 and $600.

The Samsung DV150F

One strong contender from Samsung is the DV150F. It is self-portrait savy, for those who need better photos for their online dating profiles- and don't want to bother their friends. From their press release, "it combines Wi-Fi connectivity with a 2.7” Front LCD, making it easier than ever to take easy and creative self-portraits. Perfect portraits can be taken with the DV150F’s Beauty Palette feature which enables users to apply one of a range of make-up looks to the subject of a photo to instantly transform portraits. In addition, a series of creative features such as Smart Filter 3.0, Motion Photo and Magic Frame make it easy to create interesting and unique pictures worth sharing. The imaging technology of the DV150F, a 16.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, F2.5 25mm bright lens and 5x optical zoom, deliver outstanding quality pictures that can then be shared instantly via Wi-Fi. The DV150F is housed in a stylish aluminum body and is available in five different colors including plum, lime green and light pink."

We've written lots on buying the right camera, but now might be a good time to wait a bit for the new models to come out (and perhaps then buy the older ones at a discount)!


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