Everything, well, mostly everything—no, actually, make that the photography-related news—that went down in Las Vegas at CES this year, sliced and diced for your easier digestion.
As far as Canon is concerned, there's life in the point-and-shoot market as it announced seven new compacts at CES: three Powershots, three Ixus models, and one new N-series.
The 50× optical zoom PowerShot SX530 HS will be available next month, retailing at £330 or $430. You'll pay the same for the slightly more pocketable 30× PowerShot SX710 HS; or £230 for the 18× zoom PowerShot SX610 HS.
The new Ixus cameras are Canon’s smallest cameras to date. The IXUS 170 comes with a 12× optical zoom and the IXUS 160 and IXUS 165 both have 8× optical zooms. They'll cost you £150, £130, or £100 respectively when they go on sale later this month.
Then there's the N2 at £280, with its square shape, dedicated selfie-mode, and tilting touchscreen.
As well as the cameras, Canon unveiled its Connect Station CS100, a 1TB photo-storage device that allows you to save, view, and share your photos and videos from a single hub in the home. You should be able to transfer photos and videos via touch from a NFC-enabled camera; share images social media, the cloud, or another Connect Station; print straight from a Connect Station to a wireless printer; and transfer data to and from memory cards or connect your camera via USB.
Fujifilm hit us up with the much-anticipated FUJINON XF16-55mm ƒ/2.8 R LM WR lens, a weather-resistant zoom lens with a constant aperture of ƒ/2.8 across its focal range, which spans 24 to 84mm in 35mm equivalent.
It should be available next month, retailing around £900 ($1,200).
Looking for a ruggedised external hard-drive to protect your photos when you're on the move? G-Technology has announced two: the G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper and G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. The ev RAW is drop-proof from 1.5 metres and costs £99.95 for a 1TB drive or £79.95 for 500GB. The ev ATC is water-tight and floats in water as well as drop-proof from 2 metres. You can pick up a 1TB Thunderbolt drive £179.95 for or spend £139.95 on a 1TB USB 3.0 drive.
If you want better lighting for your smartphone selfies, Lenovo might be able to help with its Selfie Flash: an eight LED ring flash that you plug in to your phone's headphone jack. It's compatible with any mobile phone, but when you use it in conjunction with a Lenovo Vibe X2 smartphone, it comes with an auto-trigger, too. It should cost around $30, with more details on the Lenovo website.
Mindshift Gear brought three new products to CES: the Filter Nest Mini, the Filter Hive Mini, and the House of Cards. The Filter Nest and Hive Minis are, as the name suggests, for storing filters, while the House of Cards is a memory card wallet. They retail at $24.99, $29.99, and $19.99 respectively.
Nikon unleashed a (relatively) big gun at CES in the form of its 24 megapixel, DX-format D5500 with tilting touchscreen. £640 ($897) will buy you a red or black body with sensitivity of ISO 100 to 25,600, built-in wi-fi, no optical low-pass filter, and a top shooting speed of five frames-per-second powered by an EXPEED 4 processor.
Also announced were two lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm ƒ/4E PF ED VR, retailing at £1,630 ($1,997) from the end of this month, and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm ƒ/4-5.6G ED VR II; which will cost you £280 ($347) when it goes on sale at the beginning of February.
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The new Zip mobile printer allows you to print 3×2 Zink ink-less colour photos from your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. You're looking about $130 for a printer, available in the spring this year.
Ricoh didn't so much announce four new Pentax products, but intimate that at some point this year it'll be releasing one new K-mount camera—APS-C sensored-sized—and three new K-mount lenses: one an 18-50mm, one a 'high magnification super-telephoto zoom,' and the other a 'large diameter telephoto zoom lens.' But do be ware that all of these 'model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice.'