April 2014

More doom for compacts: Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
PCMAG had a nice first look at the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The K Zoom looks like your standard big-screen phone, but it also has a 10x optical zoom that motors out from its backside, and what PCMAG calls a "relatively large" 20.7-megapixel sensor (relatively??) The specs, honestly, show right away why compact cameras are in trouble. 4.8-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Up to 16GB of storage. A dual-core and a quad-core processor. LTE network. A second camera on the front. [See what PCMAG had to say] -- Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by chb

CONTOUR returns to POV camera market
Contour, pioneers of the action sports camera industry, is now under new ownership and seeks to once again be a key contender in the Point of View (POV) camera market. After completing a financial overhaul, reorganizing its plans for new product innovation and building a framework for improved distribution, Contour says it is back on the map, re-launching its website that currently offers the Contour+2 with wireless smartphone connectivity, the waterproof ROAM2 and a range of accessories. -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Olympus reveals its latest outdoor camera
Olympus, the company that pioneered outdoor cameras, is expanding outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in even the most challenging of conditions with a new flagship. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-3 brings a high-speed f2.0 lens, expanded macro capabilities, GPS, and Wi-Fi for sharing pics and full 1080p video from (almost) anywhere. Divers can take it down to 50 feet, and the camera can handle almost any abuse in the great outdoors. [See description, analysis and specs of the Olympus TG-3] -- Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by chb